Battle of Gingindlovu

A granite memorial and a cemetery, both within walking distance of the main road between Eshowe and the little town of Gingindlovu, mark the site of the first confrontation between the invading British troops and the Zulu impis in the second invasion of Zululand. On April 2nd 1879 Prince Dabulamanzi led a 10 000 strong impi in a surprise attack on the laager the British had set up the previous day.  Although the Zulu warriors at one stage got within 25m of the British position, they were eventually beaten back by the red coats’ superior fire power.  This differential in weaponry is amply illustrated by the respective sides’ losses.  The British lost nine men (all buried in the nearby cemetery) while the Zulu death toll was in excess of 1 000.