25 Places of Interest in the Battlefields

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Museums

Fort Durnford Museum

Fort Durnford was built out of local sandstone in a strong rectangular shape with thick, high walls and a couple of prominant towers. It was built to serve as a stronghold on a rise overlooking the old military post at Bushman's River drift. It is said ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Klipfontein Bird Sanctuary

Klipfontein resulted when sewage water was diverted into a neglected grassland in 1995, producing a small, but highly productive, wetland, particularly for flufftail and rail bird enthusiasts. This is just one of Vryheid's forest, wetland, ...

Landmarks / Memorials

Ladysmith Town Hall

Ladysmith, the little country town, might lie on the south-western perimeter of the Battlefields Route, but it also played a rather prominent role in the 118-day siege of the Anglo-Boer War. Like other old towns in South Africa, it has a rather imposing ...

Mountain Passes

Laing's Nek Pass

On the journey between Newcastle, the third largest city in KwaZulu-Natal, and Volksrust, a town in Mpumalanga, one travels through the Drakensberg range of mountains along a pass known as Laing's Nek Pass. The pass follows the easiest route through this ...

Lakes / Dams / Landmarks

Mangeni Falls

This rather beautiful and remote waterfall deserves greater regard. Surrounded by open grassland and rural settlements it is seldom visited, unless as part of an organised tour of the Battlefields, or the Southern KwaZulu-Natal birding route. It was ...

Popular Tourist Routes

Midlands Meander

The enchantment of the Midlands has long inspired many a visitor and resident to creativity and as a result, local artists, potters and weavers combined to create an arts and crafts route in 1985, which was to become the highly successful and popular ...

Mountain Passes

Muller's Pass

Known as one of the 'gates of the frontier' Muller's Pass - together with Botha's Pass - leads down into the northern corner of KwaZulu-Natal from the highlands of the Free State with its undulating green slopes in the Drakensberg richly endowed with ...

Game Reserves

Nambiti Game Reserve

Nambiti's chief appeal is its exclusivity as the only reserve in Kwazulu-Natal with big 5 viewing. Lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino are included in the 30 species of game the malaria-free 22 000 acre reserve offers in Ladysmith close to the ...

Forests / Nature Reserves

Ngome Forest Reserve

Ngome Forest lies on the southern slopes of high altitude mistbelt grasslands, near the western extremities of Zululand, 70 km east of Vryheid. Here the rolling hills have a climate of their own, and the air is cooler. The treasure trove ...

Mountain Passes

Normandien Pass

The Normandien Pass links Memel in the Free State with Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal. The pass is gravel that by all accounts has seen better days, which for the seasoned traveller only makes it more exciting, particularly when you add the many switchbacks, ...

Nature Reserves

Ntendeka Wilderness Area

South Africa's smallest and arguably most beautiful wilderness area is Ntendeka, consisting of 5 250 ha of undulating grasslands, verdant forests and dramatic cliffs with breathtaking waterfalls. Rivers and streams have formed deep valleys and the varied ...

Museums

Talana Museum

Set in a 20 acre heritage park that forms a portion of the Talana battlefield - the first battle of the Anglo-Boer war - is a museum that is dedicated to memorabilia and the growth of the Dundee area, and is home to displays as diverse as war and ...

Nature Reserves

Vryheid Hill Nature Reserve

Vryheid, which lies in northern KwaZulu Natal, is the largest town in the area and is situated on a transitional belt between grasslands and low-lying bushveld. Pretty mountains, hills and an abundance of wetlands and patches of forest further imbue this ...

Nature Reserves

Wagendrift Nature Reserve

Situated on the other side of the N3 from Estcourt, Wagendrift Nature Reserve surrounds the dam of the same name. With a resident yacht club, and popular for boating and fishing, the pretty reserve is 980 hectares of beautiful scenery, quiet, time out ...

Nature Reserves

Weenen Nature Reserve

Weenen Game Reserve covers an area of typical inland KwaZulu Natal acacia grassland with occasional thickets. There are extensive game viewing facilities, guided walks and environmental education in the Weenen Game Reserve. More than 230 species of birds ...

Battlefields as a destination

In the neighbourhood

Biggarsberg, Colenso, Dundee, Estcourt, Gingindlovu, Greytown, Isandlwana, Ladysmith, Melmoth, Nambiti Private Game Reserve, Newcastle, Paulpietersburg, Rorkes Drift, Ulundi, Utrecht, Vryheid, Weenen, Winterton

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