The visitors’ centre at Isandlwana, KwaZulu-Natal’s most popular battlefields destination, is to be upgraded with new displays and improved interpretation of the 1879 battle.
“Isandlwana will definitely be on the tourist map for 2010,” said Amafa CEO Barry Marshall. “It was a stirring battle when the Zulus outflanked and outfought the British and Colonial forces in the first clash of the six-month Zulu War.
“During the 1880s the Mackenzie Memorial College for black teachers was built adjacent to the battlefield in memory of Douglas Mackenzie, the first missionary bishop in Zululand.
It is part of the St Vincent’s Mission founded to honour the British dead. The teaching institution later became the visitors’ centre.
“We will be putting in new displays of our collection of Martini Henry rifles used by the British, uniforms and artefacts, like buckles and buttons, Zulu weapons and other related material. There will also be a new interpretive display to help visitors understand how the battle was fought. Souvenirs and books are available at the shop.”
The upgrade will begin on May 19th and will disrupt the visitor experience for three weeks. The battlefield itself will be open as usual.
Further information: James van Vuuren, Deputy Director: Amafa, 082 499 3531