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For thousands of years the rolling meadows and steadfast rivers made the open plains of the region we now know as Ladysmith, the ideal environment for its first inhabitants, the San people.

Today, Ladysmith in north western KwaZulu-Natal, is a historic town in the Uthukela District, famous for its rich variety of battlefields, monuments, and memorials commemorating those who fought in the second Boer War.

Located on the banks of the Klip River, the town serves as a gateway to the central and northern Drakensberg which boasts subtropical highland climate with warm summers and cool, dry winters, making it an ideal holiday destination all year round.

Ladysmith has a historic past since it was an important transition point for fortune-hunters en-route to the Transvaal gold fields and diamond discoveries at Kimberley.

Be sure to discover the Ladysmith Town Hall which features the artillery pieces Castor and Pollux, the Siege Museum which features 6,000 documents relating to the Siege and the Boer War, and the Platrand Imperial Light Horse Memorial.

Another popular attraction in Ladysmith is the Culture Centre, a township shack tribute to the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

If visitors are keen to explore just outside of Ladysmith, head to the Burgher Memorial, the Soofie Mosque, the Mohandas Gandhi statue at the Lord Vishnu Temple, and the South African Infantry Battalion.

Family activities to be enjoyed by visitors in Ladysmith include horse riding, visiting the Le Sueaur Cheetah Project, golfing at Ladysmith Golf Club, hiking the Black Wildebeest Hiking Trail, and exploring Weenen Game Reserve.

KwaZulu Weavers is a popular attraction where one can purchase hand-woven carpets and candles, play a game of mini putt-putt, and enjoy treats at the Waffle Hut.

While visitors are in town, make sure to travel to the Qeduzi Dam, Spioenkop Nature Reserve, Chelmsford Nature Reserve, and the Nambiti Hills Private Game Experience, the most popular destination in KZN with Big Five viewing.

The five-star game reserve provides intimate and luxurious accommodation amidst spectacular African beauty and is a haven of sophistication surrounded by wild terrain. This getaway is perfect for all those looking for privacy and romance,

or simply the time to reflect while seeking the Big Five or take in the exquisite views of the quiet comfort of the lodge terrace.

Other places of interest in Ladysmith include the Ladysmith Country Club, The All-Saints Church, Manchester Fort, Maiden Castle, Caesar’s Camp, Bell’s Koppie, War Graves Cemetery, and Old Stone Fortification.

There are several accommodation options, from guest houses to game lodges, that are available in Ladysmith. This includes the Donga La Boutique, Oyengeni Guesthouse, Ndaba Guest House, Trenchgula Game Farm & Guest Lodge, James iLenge Mountain Lodge, Mountainview Lodge and Sifumasa Guesthouse.

Before you leave Ladysmith, do a tour of the Battlefields Route where there are guided day trips to the famous battle sites of Rorke’s Drift, Isandlwana, Blood River, Colenso, Vaalkrans, Tugela Heights, Spioenkop, and Elandslaagte.

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