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LADYSMITH

INTRODUCTION

First attracting world wide attention during the Anglo Boer War when its colonial garrison and many civilians were besieged for 115 days, it is now one of Natal's most important historic and industrial towns and celebrating it's 150th birthday in 2000. First a small village along the Klip River known as Windsor, it was later renamed in honour of Governor Sir Harry Smith's Spanish wife.

ATTRACTIONS

  • Barrier Of Spears - Drakensberg
  • Spioenkop Dam and Nature Reserve A 6000ha nature reserve in Northern Natal 35km from Ladysmith offering accommodation and other facilities.
  • Battlefields Route A rich, historic journey through the various battlefields in the area with many other attractions along the way.
  • Weenen Nature Reserve
  • Thugela Biosphere
  • World Famous Siege Museum This building was used as a ration post during The Siege for civilians. Various items of interest from the days of The Siege are on display.
  • Ladysmith Enambithi Cultural Centre / Museum A lively display on the world renowned group - Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
  • Town Hall Museum Originally built in 1893, it is now an architectural treasure.
  • Moth Museum Various interesting articles from different wars are on display in this quaint museum.
  • Blockhouse Museum Situated on a private farm, visits must be arranged.

ACTIVITIES

  • Hiking Trails Various trails available through the Drakensburg Mountains.
  • Malandeni Bird Sanctuary 236 bird species have been spotted in this area, a picnic spot is also available.
  • Black Rock A picnic spot along the Klip River with trails, fishing and braai facilities.