KZN Military Tattoo

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is presenting the larger-than-life spectacular KZN Military Tattoo in Durban during the July school holidays. Previously known as the Durban Military Tattoo, it is moulded after famous military tattoos around the world and has a long and proud history since it began in 2008.

Tattoos originated many centuries ago and are believed to have been brought about after a Dutch commander ordered a bugler and drummer out into the town to signal the innkeepers to quit serving the troops. The process was known as "Do Den Tap Toe" (doe den tap toe), hence the English word "Tattoo".

The KZN Military Tattoo is a memorable annual event on the Durban calendar, enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. This year it will be hosted at the Natal Mounted Rifles headquarters in Durban, and promises an hour and a half of exciting entertainment for the whole family. The tattoo showcases the very best of military culture and music in South Africa, as well as several international bands.

Event goers can look forward to an exciting array of military marching bands and displays, mass bag pipes, choir singing, Zulu dancing, canon fire, drum majorettes, and a number of police and civilian performances. Highlights to the programme include the Lone Piper piping under the spotlight from an Eyerie and a moving rendition of the 1812 Overture by the Massed Bands with the G1 Guns accentuating the beat.

Pack your blankets, cushions, and cameras and look forward to a night of spectacular entertainment with friends and family. A food court will be available to provide snacks, meals, and refreshments.

Bands and performances

  • Lone Piper
  • SA Army Band Kroonstad
  • South African Military Health Services Band
  • South African Irish Regiment Pipes and Drums
  • Natal Field Artillery
  • SA Navy Precision Drill Team
  • SA Air Force Choir
  • SA Infantry Battalion
  • Durban Girls High School Drummies
  • KZN Combined Pipes and Drums


  • Ample parking will be available at the Moses Mabhida Stadium Mustering Fields
  • GPS coordinates: -29.4943.97 and 31.159.96



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