The memorial to the British soldiers that fell at Spioenkop
KwaZulu Natal is famous for its battlefields which includes battles between the British and Zulus, the Boers and the Zulus (during the Great Trek) and between the British and the Boers (during the Anglo Boer War). One of the famous battles during the latter took place at Spioenkop. The battle was fought about 38 km south-west of Ladysmith on the hilltop of Spioenkop on 23–24 January 1900. I haven't had the opportunity to visit many of the battle sites around the province, but on a visit to the Drakensberg I made my way up Spioenkop to have a look around.
Grave stones and small memorials to fallen British soldiers
Graves of unknown Boer soldiers
In the following battle the Rifles cracked the thin Boer line and advanced on the summit. In the darkness and unknown to the commander, the battle was as good as won, but his nerve was also shattered. He ordered the brigade to retreat. When morning came, the Boer Generals were astonished to see two Burghers on the top of Spioenkop, waving their slouch-hats in triumph. The only British on the Kop were the dead and the dying. The British retreated back over the Tugela River but the Boers were too weak to follow up their success and four weeks later Ladysmith would be relieved by the British.
A guide leading a group tourists around the Spioenkop Battlefield