Things To Do in WintertonThe Winterton Museum
Where? Church Street, Winterton, KwaZulu Natal.
When? Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 16h00
Saturday from 09h00 to 12h00.
How? Call +27 (0)36 488-1885
How much? Price on request
Winterton is a little town found on the banks of the Tugela River in the foothills of the Drakensberg. Close to the Second Boer War battle sites of the Battle of Vaal Krantz and Spioenkop, it is often passed through by visitors on their way to Champagne Castle and Cathedral Peak - two of the peaks that are arguably the most spectacular of the peaks of the mountain range.
Apart from the Drakensberg Boys' Choir School that lies just outside of town, and a number of monuments and memorials connected to the South African (Anglo Boer) war like the Marianne Church ruins, there is also the Winterton Museum to inspire a visit. It is a small museum but well worth a visit for its insight into Zulu history, San rock art and the Spioenkop battle.
One of the highlights is a Zulu beehive kraal replica, built by local Ngwane people. But there is also an excellent Anglo Boer (South African) war library, a history of local farming that includes implements, reproductions of San art and insights into their lifestyle and culture and how it influenced their art. The museum includes a gallery of San paintings.
Other exhibits feature the Rein-Weston Caravan - in which Admiral Weston toured the world from Cape Agulhas, through Africa and on to England -, and the battles of Spionkop and Vaalkrans, as well as a blacksmith's shop.