The Battle of Blood River - The Boer picked off the Zulu warriors lining the banks of the river that ran red with their blood - hence the name Blood River. An estimated 3000 Zulu warriors were killed on the veld, in the donga and in the river. Not a single Boer was killed. The Zulus were no match against a strong Boer defensive position. In the ultimate of ironies, on that very day, the British had run up the Union Jack in Durban. The Voortrekkers' greatest enemy had arrived.
In 1838 the Battle of Blood River, so called due to the color of water in the Ncome River turning red from blood, was fought between 470 Voortrekkers (European colonizers) led by Andries Pretorius, and an estimated Zulu
This is a drawing of the Battle of Blood River. It occurred on Dec. 1838 and it was between the indigenous Africans and the Boers. It got its name because there were so many Africans that were slaughtered, that the river nearby turned red.