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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] The name is said to mean abomasum, the second stomach of the cow, because it reminded the Zulus of its shape.


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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