Things To Do in DundeeVisit the Talana Museum
Where? Talana Heritage Park, Talana Hills, Just outside the town of Dundee, Battlefields, KwaZulu Natal.
When? Daily Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 16h30, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 10h00 to 16h30. Closed on 25th and 26th of December only.
How? Call +27 (0)34 212-2654
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
More? See website
Winning the unspoken 'battle of museums', the Talana Museum arose victorious in the voting war as South Africa's Best Country Museum. 'Talana', a Zulu word holds the meaning of 'the shelf where precious items are stored'. This particular 'shelf' is suspended on the gunpowder graveyard of South Africa's Boer War. Built on the actual Talana battlefield at the base of Talana Hill, the museum defends history on the 20 acre Heritage Park.
It takes half a day touring the 17 buildings on site to absorb the impact of the 'Boer' (Farmer), British and Zulu combat legacy. Restored homesteads (of Dundee founder Peter Smith), garden headstones; South Africa's first coal mine; a locomotive; weapons; uniforms, photographs; an original hand built wagon and one of the only two wooden wool presses left in South Africa, spin tales of time. Rare artefacts and archives serve as evocative references. Exclusive Zulu beadwork, hand-blown glass and precious books are for sale at the shop. Miner's Rest restaurant serves meals in a pre-1914 corrugated iron miner's home.
Special annual events feature; 'The Ghost Walk' following in the footsteps of the British Troops on the anniversary of the Talana Battle (20th of October); a 5km Gandhi Walk (1 August) commemorating Mahatma Gandhi's efforts; and period decorated and themed Christmas trees and carols (December). Horse trails and helicopter flips over the battlefield are available by arrangement.