Attractions IN Estcourt

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 ...

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 ...

Attractions AROUND Estcourt

Nature Reserves

Albert Falls Dam Nature Reserve

The source of the uMngeni River lies in the uMngeni Vlei area, an ancient wetland bounded by hills. From here it meanders eastward through undulating pastoral countryside until just before Midmar Dam, where it is joined by the Lions River. Below Midmar ...

Memorials

Bloukrans Monument

The Bloukrans Monument marks the communal grave of those Voortrekkers - men, women and children, along with their servants - killed on the banks of the Bloukrans River in what went down in history as nothing short of a massacre by the Zulus, in the year ...

Nature Reserves

Chelmsford Nature Reserve

The Chelmsford Nature Reserve, situated on the Ngagane River, lies just 70 kilometres from Ladysmith and is the site of the third largest dam in KwaZulu Natal, a wonderful venue for swimming, soaking up the sun and enjoying various water sports. The dam, ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Midlands Birding Route

The Midlands Birding Route is a sub-section of the Southern KwaZulu-Natal Birding Route, which boasts not only all three of the country's crane species (blue, grey crowned, and wattled) but also includes the rare blue ...

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 ...

Nature Reserves / Lakes / Dams

Spioenkop Dam Nature Reserve

Lying virtually at the foot of the rugged Spioenkop Mountain, the dam was the site of one of the most bloody battles to ensue during the Anglo-Boer War in an attempt to lift the Siege of Ladysmith, Spioenkop Dam Nature Reserve is 4 400 hectares of thorn ...

... and a little further afield

Mountain Passes

Bloedrivierpoort Pass

Bloedrivierpoort Pass (Blood River Poort Pass) is a gravel pass that connects to the Battle Bloedrivierpoort Memorial; not to be confused with the Battle of Blood River Memorial, which also lies close to Dundee. Where the Battle of Blood ...

Lakes / Dams / Landmarks

Blood River Vlei

The Blood River Vlei lies 20 km south-west of Vryheid, one of the most important wetlands in the area around the towns of Volksrust, Wakkerstroom and Memel. This part of KwaZulu-Natal's Midlands is a series of gently rolling hills on a plateau ...

Mountain Passes

Brandon's Pass

Brandon's Pass is one of the highest mountain passes in the country. It has also earned its place on a list of 'dangerous roads' in South Africa. Perhaps because it is seldom driven, other than by offroad enthusiasts, not much is known about the ...

Mountain Passes

Colling's Pass

Colling's Pass (often called Collin's Pass) is one of several mountain passes in the mountains where KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Free State meet. This area is peppered with mountain passes: Verkykerskop, De Beers Pass, Colling's Pass, Normandien ...

Nature Reserves

Dlinza Forest Nature Reserve

Found just outside the little town of Eshowe, the Dlinza Forest is one of two indigenous forests that lie close to one another in this southern part of Zululand; the other is Entumeni. Dlinza, 250-hectares of incredibly beautiful forest bisected by ...

Mountain Passes

Endoumeni Pass

This tarred pass winds off the R68 from Dundee, heading south west to Wasbank. The pass itself begins its gentle undulation about 9 km from Dundee, the road running roughly parallel with the R602. To find the pass head out of Dundee along Victoria ...

Forests / Nature Reserves

Entumeni Nature Reserve

Just outside the historical Zululand town of Eshowe, in the heart of the balmy KwaZulu-Natal Province, lies the beautiful forest reserve of Entumeni. This is a small nature reserve, occupying only about 750 hectares, but is rich in plant- and animal ...

Golf Courses

Eshowe Hills Golf Course

The Eshowe Country Club is situated on the Eshowe Hills Eco Estate in Eshowe and as such meanders through the famous Dhlinza Forest and grasslands which are rich in indigenous fauna and flora. Strict environmental controls have ensured that the local ...

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 ...

Estcourt as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

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

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