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Guest House Marisch

23 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Guest House Marisch is situated in a quiet suburb of Newcastle. It is a modern bed and breakfast ideal for couples and corporate...
from R700
per night for 2 guests

Bullers Rest Lodge

30 Reviews
Sleeps 30 in 12 rooms

This charming, upmarket, country-style thatched lodge is situated in the leafy suburbs of Ladysmith, in the heart of the Anglo-Zulu and...
from R810
per night for 2 guests

Penny Farthing Country House

7 Reviews
Sleeps 19 in 9 rooms

An up market Country House 3 Star Grading situated on a tranquil Beef and Game farm in close...
from R1300
per night for 2 guests

Shonalanga Lodge

3 Reviews
Sleeps 90 in 40 rooms

Enjoy true South African hospitality, close to the central business district of Vryheid, at the Shonalanga Lodge. Offering both bed and...
from R570
per night for 2 guests

Winterton Country Lodge @ Ros...

36 Reviews
Sleeps 24 in 10 rooms

A perfect stop over or hideaway from everydays chaos. Romantic and quaint with abundant birdlife,...
from R1000
per night for 2 guests

Bella's B and B

14 Reviews
Sleeps 2 in 1 room

Bella's B and B is a beautifully furnished garden cottage situated in Vryheid. This unit is ideal for the business traveller, as it is...
from R920
per night for 2 guests

Memra Guest House

4 Reviews
Sleeps 20 in 8 rooms

Memra Guest House is situated in a safe and quiet residential area in Ladysmith, in close proximity to the La Verna Hospital and Pick ‘n...
from R800
per night for 2 guests

Convent Hill Lodge B&B

4 Reviews
Sleeps 20 in 10 rooms

Convent Hill Lodge B&B is situated in Ladysmith, serving as a gateway to the central and northern Drakensberg. The peaks of the mountains...
from R650
per night for 2 guests

VnA Guesthouse

21 Reviews
Sleeps 25 in 11 rooms

VnA Guesthouse is centrally located in Newcastle which is the largest town in northern KwaZulu-Natal and shares its name with a further 27...
from R550
per night for 2 guests

Lilac Lodge

21 Reviews
Sleeps 36 in 10 rooms

Situated in the picturesque village of Winterton in the foothills of the Drakensberg, Lilac Lodge has a number of cottages available,...
from R600
per night for 2 guests

Belverderes Guest House

2 Reviews
Sleeps 33 in 15 rooms

Belvedere Guest House offers bed and breakfast accommodation in a quiet suburb in Newcastle. The guest house is ideal for a couple or...
from R600
per night for 2 guests

Lavender Lane Bed and Breakfa...

15 Reviews
Sleeps 45 in 21 rooms

Lavender Lane Bed and Breakfast is situated within a quiet, beautiful and tranquil setting in...
from R700
per night for 2 guests

Battlefields Country Lodge

12 Reviews
Sleeps 36 in 9 rooms

Battlefields Country Lodge is situated in Dundee and lies in the heartbeat of the battlefields in...
from R170
per night for 2 guests

Paisley & Pomegranate

1 Review
Sleeps 9 in 4 rooms

Nestled on the foothills of the Balele Mountains, Utrecht offers an idyllic holiday destination for nature-loving guests. It is also home...
from R760
per night for 2 guests
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Sunrise Guesthouse

9 Reviews
Sleeps 14 in 7 rooms

Week stay   Sunrise Guesthouse is an affordable accommodation alternative, situated in a quiet and secure residential area of Greytown. There are 7...
from R660
per night for 2 guests

Chez Nous Bed and Breakfast

6 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 5 rooms

Chez Nous, pronounced "shay noo", means "at home" and that is exactly how you will feel at this...
from R700
per night for 2 guests

Aberdeen House

4 Reviews
Sleeps 10 in 5 rooms

Aberdeen House is a luxurious guest house set in a tranquil area. This Tudor style house offers bed and breakfast accommodation in lovely...
from R750
per night for 2 guests

Rorke's Drift Lodge

6 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 4 rooms

Rorke’s Drift Lodge is situated against the Sinqindi Mountains overlooking the battlefields of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana made famous...
from R906
per night for 2 guests

The Lapha B & B

10 Reviews
Sleeps 35 in 15 rooms

At Lapha Bed and Breakfast we have combined the usual comforts of your own home with the personal touch and warmth of an owner managed B&B,...
from R1200
per night for 2 guests

Vulindlela Rooms

23 Reviews
Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

Vulindlela Rooms is situated on the outskirts of Ladysmith. The establishment offers two comfortable rooms ideal for business...
from R550
per night for 2 guests

Battlefields South Africa

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As in many parts of the world, the later part of the 19th Century was a time of conflict and confrontation in South Africa, particularly the area we now call KwaZulu-Natal. The British were at the height of their empire-building zeal, the Zulu nation was one of the most powerful in Africa, and the Boers had shaken the dust of British colonialism off their velskoens, and set off into the interior to take control of their own destiny.

Well, that sounds like a recipe for disaster. And it was - for everyone concerned. A real free-for-all scrap, there were skirmishes, stand-up battles, sieges and ambushes. No one - Boer, Brit or Zulu - came away unscathed. The stories are fascinating, and the KZN battlefields are remarkably well preserved. It's not just a raa-raa recreation of sabre-rattling macho imperialism, and it's certainly not a celebration of all things bellicose.

Guided tours offer you the opportunity to stand on the very spot where history was made and hear of how decisions (good and bad) were taken; hear of heroism and heartache, of victory and defeat and of death and destruction. It's definitely food for thought - and it leaves almost everyone pondering on the futility of war.

For the historically inclined, these battles include Voortrekker-Zulu war (1836-1852), the Anglo-Zulu War (1879), two Anglo-Boer wars, one in 1881, and the big one, otherwise known as the South African war (1899-1902), and the Bambata Rebellion (1906). An interesting thing about these battlefields is that some of the biggest players on the planet chose to spend time there.

You can't help but wonder how different world history would have been if the young Winston Churchill or the equally young, zealous and idealistic Mahatma Gandhi had succumbed during these battles. Or if Prince Louis Napoleon, the last of the Bonaparte line, had survived his little altercation with a small band of Zulu warriors and had gone on to meet some lovely young lady and perpetuate the dynasty.

You can visit the Ultimatum Tree, near Tugela Mouth, where the British pulled a fast one on the Zulu chief Cetswayo, or Gingindlovu, where the Zulus were more than a little surprised to be the first people in the world to feel the force of the Gatling gun (precursor to the now ubiquitous AK 47s, Uzis and other automatic weapons), or mGungundlovu, where the Zulu chief, Dingaan, feeling somewhat threatened by the Boer's obvious land-lust, did away with the Voortrekker Piet Retief and his followers in a rather grisly way.

This was followed by a raid on the Boer encampment at Bloukrans, where the Zulus pretty well trashed the Boers. Oh - human history - and then the Boers sent a punitive expedition after the Zulus and, after making a deal with god (I kid you not) trashed the Zulus at the rather ironically named Ncome River (which means peace). It was consequently renamed Blood River, which seems far more appropriate. It's like kindergarten - 'but he hit me first....' We never learn, do we?

Other oft-visited sites include Isandlwana - the site of Britain's most humiliating defeat - and the nearby Rorke's Drift where a handful of resourceful redcoats did what they could to salvage imperial pride (not to mention their own skins), Ladysmith, site of one of the longest sieges (119 days) in the South African War, and Dundee, with its Talana Museum on the site of the Talana Battle.

The area known today as Zululand was, initially ignored by the British when they imperiously annexed what was then referred to as Natal and the Zulus retained sovereignty over all the land north of the Buffalo and Tugela Rivers - for a while, at least. The overlap is quite broad - the battlefields comprises large parts of Zululand and extends as far as Pietermaritzburg, almost to the foot of the Drakensberg, and Zululand covers much of the battlefield territory, while extending further north to St Lucia in the southern part of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, where the border between northern Zululand and southern Maputaland is rather hazy. Zululand also includes the fantastic Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, which is the ancestral home of all the white rhinos now living in southern Africa. Seriously - they were extinct everywhere else and were brought back from the brink in this rather lovely park. Imagine - we came a hair's breadth from never, ever seeing a white rhino.

There's loads to do here. A tour of the battlefields is a given - either by vehicle, by foot or on horseback. And it probably won't be long before someone offers cycle tours. There are some great river trips, with the Tugela and Buffalo Rivers throwing up some challenging white water. Wilderness walks in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi are a truly awesome adventure - it's a real wilderness experience in Big Five country. If you want to see the picture-book Zulus, there are a handful of cultural villages that offer dancing, an insight into traditional crafts and some historical and cultural insights. And, of course, there are the beaches - all long and lovely.

View our newsletter article Durban Now for more about the Ncome Blood River Heritage site and festivals.

As in many parts of the world, the later part of the 19th Century was a time of conflict and confrontation in South Africa, particularly the area we now call KwaZulu-Natal. The British were at the height of their empire-building ...

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