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For the battle, see Battle of Isandlwana.
Isandlwana with a British cairn marking a grave from the Battle of Isandlwana
Highest point
Elevation 1,284 m (4,213 ft) [1]
Listing List of mountains in South Africa
Coordinates 28°21′32″S 30°39′10″E / 28.35889°S 30.65278°E / -28.35889; 30.65278Coordinates: 28°21′32″S 30°39′10″E / 28.35889°S 30.65278°E / -28.35889; 30.65278
Isandlwana is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Location KwaZulu-Natal
Parent range Drakensberg foothill
First ascent Unknown
Easiest route From Dundee

Isandlwana (Zulu pronunciation: [ísanˈdɮwáːna])[2] (older spelling Isandhlwana, also sometimes seen as Isandula) is an isolated hill in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. It is located 105 miles (169 km) north by northwest of Durban.[3]


This mountain has historical significance. On 22 January 1879, Isandlwana was the site of the Battle of Isandlwana, where approximately 22,000 Zulu warriors defeated a contingent of approximately 1,350 British and Native troops in one of the first engagements of the Anglo-Zulu War.[4] The force was largely wiped out by the Zulus under Ntshingwayo kaMahole Khoza. The battle remains the single greatest defeat for the British Army at the hands of a native army.[5]

Isandlwana hill rises 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Rorke's Drift, a ford on the Buffalo River, a tributary of the Tugela River.

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