Winterton was founded in 1905 and was originally called Springfield. It was renamed in 1910 after HD Winter, the Secretary for Agriculture. Winterton lies in the heart of the Drakensberg Mountains and the spectacular scenery makes it a prime tourist destination.
Adventure And Sport
Hiking Trails: The many trails in the area include Mike’s Pass, Cathedral Peak Hike, the Rainbow Gorge Trail and short walks to Mushroom Rock and Doreen Falls. These trails allow visitors to absorb the magnificence of the Drakensberg surroundings.
Art And Crafts
Thandanani Craft Village: Thandanani Craft Village sells traditional handcraft produced by the local Amazizi people.
Mambasa Hutted Camp: Mambasa Hutted Camp is managed by a local farmer and his farm workers. It offers accommodation in a replica of a traditional Zulu kraal but has some added conveniences. The camp is ideally suited for larger tour groups and demonstrations of beer-making, pottery and beadwork are given by the friendly staff.
Fauna And Flora
Monk’s Cowl Wilderness Reserve: Monk’s Cowl Wilderness Reserve, about 40 km south¬west of the town is a popular starting point for hikes.
History And Architecture
Battlefields: The Anglo-Boer War battlefields of Vaalkrans and Spioenkop are both near the town. Supporters of the Liverpool Soccer Club might be interested to know that the grandstand in Liverpool’s Clubs grounds, known as the “Kop” was dedicated to the memory of the men of the Liverpool district who died in the Battle of Spioenkop (which is known in England as “Spion Kop”).
Winterton Museum: The Winterton Museum offers valuable background information on the Drakensberg Range. It tells the story of the people, past and present, who braved the mountain to make their homes in the region. Exhibits include authentic African grass huts and old farm implements. The San Art Gallery houses 180 photographs of San artwork in the Drakensberg. South Africa’s first democratic elections, as well as the Anglo-Boer War, are also covered.
Drakensberg Mountains: Many people come to the town to enjoy the beauty of the Drakensberg Mountains.