Weenen

Weenen was founded in 1838 on the banks of the Bushman’s River. The name means ‘weeping’ and was named in memory of the massacre of the Voortrekkers in the Little Thukela River Valley nearby. Adventure And Sports Abseiling, river-rafting, mountain-biking and 4×4 trails: This rugged area provides ideal spots for abseiling, “foefie” slides, river-rafting, mountain-biking […]

Dundee

Peter Smith owned the farm on which the town is situated and named it after his Scottish hometown when it was established in 1882. The rich coal deposits attracted a large population to the area, and in 1899 Smith floated the Dundee Coal Company on the London Stock Exchange. Dundee became a boom town, complete […]

Estcourt

During the nineteenth century, towns such as Estcourt acted as stopovers for people on their way from Durban to the KwaZulu-Natal hinterland. Estcourt was initially known as Bushman’s River and later renamed after a British Member of Parliament, Thomas Estcourt, who sponsored the immigration of many of the original settlers to the area. Today, it […]

Ladysmith

Ladysmith lies on the banks of the Klip River and was named after Lady Juana Smith, the Spanish-born wife of the Governor, Sir Harry Smith. The town celebrated the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of its founding year in 2000. One of the most important events in the history of the town was the 118-day […]

Newcastle

Newcastle was established in 1864 and was once a popular stopover for wagons journeying between Port Natal and the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (South African Republic). Originally called Post Halt Two, it was also briefly known as Viljoensdorp during the Boer occupation in 1889. The settlement was later named after Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England and shares its current […]

Paulpietersburg

The town was established in 1888 and the name both honours President Paul Kruger and the Voortrekker hero Piet Joubert. Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Dumbe Mountain, it played a significant part in the military manoeuvres in the area. History And Architecture Egode River Monument: Also known as the Peace Boulders, the monument […]

Utrecht

Utrecht is one of the five original Voortrekker settlements established prior to 1850. The Voortrekkers who settled in the area in 1852 named it after the Dutch town of Utrecht. This town in the Balele Mountains, with its old-world charm, gained prominence during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1870 when it served for several weeks as […]

Volksrust

Watched over by the imposing Majuba Mountain, this town lies on the border of KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Free State, forming the northern gateway to the Battlefields Route. Dirk Uys’s sister, Dorie de Jager, named the town Volksrust (People’s Rest) after the battle-weary Boer soldiers came to the town to recover from the trauma of […]

Weenen

Weenen was founded in 1838 on the banks of the Bushman’s River. The name means ‘weeping’ and was named in memory of the massacre of the Voortrekkers in the Little Thukela River Valley nearby. Adventure And Sports Abseiling, river-rafting, mountain-biking and 4×4 trails: This rugged area provides ideal spots for abseiling, “foefie” slides, river-rafting, mountain-biking […]