Isandlwana by serendip

The Battle of Isandlwana was a glorious victory for the People’s Army of the Zulu kingdom and probably the most humiliating defeat of the British Army ever. Fought on 22 January 1879 during the Anglo Zulu war, the British camp was depleted after part of the army had gone off in the wrong direction to seek out the Zulu forces under the command of Lord Chelmsford. The Zulus were camped behind the hills to the right of this picture. Armed with only sticks and assegais they used the “Horns of the Buffalo” tactic to outflank the British with their Martini-Henry rifles, on both sides.

I post this series as a tribute to the late David Rattray, world famous historian,raconteur and humanitarian, who would sit half way up this mountain in his fold up chair with his back to the battlefield, and enthrall his guests in such a manner that they could almost see the Zulu impi emerge over the top of the hills across the valley.


  • Macky
    Mackyabout 5 years ago

    A very dramatic landscape and history attached. No HDR? ;-)

  • Thank you for your kind comments – and the other one!

    – serendip

  • Ann  Palframan
    Ann Palframanabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture of this imposing landmark (I’ve been here a few times on school history tours the impact / atmosphere never lessens). A moving tribute to a very respected historian.

  • Thank you Ann – along with watching the whales along the southern coast this is the most inspiring visit I have made in SA to date, but there is still much more to see. It was a real privilege to hear the story from David and devastating news to learn of his untimely death.

    – serendip

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot!

  • Thanks Schulle – it is a very impressive mound with the opportunity to scan the surrounding area, but the British got it all wrong on this occasion.

    – serendip

  • doubleheader
    doubleheaderabout 5 years ago

    Great image and commentary Jim…=D

  • Thanks Bill – this is one of those awe inspiring places when you know the history of what took place on here.

    – serendip

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...about 5 years ago

    great shot!love the sky!

  • Thanks so much. Cotton wool clouds – just like children paint them!

    – serendip

  • JandeBeer
    JandeBeeralmost 5 years ago

    Excellent shot, thanks for making a South African aware of his countries history.

  • Many thanks Jan, this country has such a fascinating chequered history – and it ain’t over yet! The Battlefields are definitely worth the trip if you haven’t been already.

    – serendip

  • Annabella
    Annabellaalmost 5 years ago

    Great. Thank you for the information.(I am the proud owner of a M.H. rifle)

  • Thank you for dropping by. I have only ever seen the M-H rifle at Fugitive’s Drift (The Rattray Lodge) – I could hardly lift it! A very precious possession.

    – serendip

  • Andrew Jones
    Andrew Jonesalmost 5 years ago

    superb landscape and interesting historical context. Lovely work Jim

  • Davide Ferrari
    Davide Ferrarialmost 5 years ago

    impressive shot and beautiful view!

  • Many thanks for stopping to comment – it is much appreciated. Grazie.

    – serendip

  • Ercan BAYSAL
    Ercan BAYSALover 4 years ago

    Very nice shot…

  • Thanks so much. (Love your drawings!)

    – serendip

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