Following the murder of Piet Retief and his men on 06 February 1838 and the order by Dingane to kill all the Voortrekkers, Zulu forces attacked the Voortrekker laagers and camps in the Bloukrans and Bushman’s river valley.
Since Saailaager was off the line of attack of the main force, it was not attacked until 12 February 1838, giving Maritz time to prepare.
Another factor in the trekkers’ favour was that Bushman’s River was in flood and the Zulu strategy of crossing the river by forming a human chain could be thwarted by shooting the anchor men on the banks.
As a result, Maritz and his party were able to repel the attack successfully.
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