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On the banks of the Thukela River and surrounded by the Drakensberg foothills, Colenso was known as Commando Drift before being renamed in honour of the first Bishop of Natal. John William Colenso was a missionary who translated the New Testament into Zulu...earning the title Sobantu - Father of the People. African life can be observed here in an undisturbed natural state, unspoiled by any form of commercialisation.


A small, picturesque town in the Battlefields area of KwaZulu-Natal, known for its coal.

Dundee & Surrounds

Nestling in a valley of the Biggarsberg mountains, Dundee was originally a farm owned by Peter Smith, who in 1882 named it after his Scottish hometown. Dundee is surrounded by evocatively-titled peaks - Indumeni (where the thunder rolls), Mpati (place of good waters) and Talana (shelf for precious items) rich coal deposits attracted merchants and fortune hunters.

Estcourt & Surrounds

Originally known as Bushman's River on account of its waterside location, the picturesque town of Estcourt was renamed after the MP for North Wiltshire who sponsored British settlers under the Byrne immigration scheme. Estcourt is a gateway to the imposing Giant's Castle region of the central Drakensberg range and the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields.


Named after a valley in Argyleshire by Scottish settlers during the late 1800s, Glencoe has a proud railway history the first train arriving on 4 September 1889. General French was periodically stationed at Glencoe during the Anglo-Boer War, and Boer President Paul Kruger twice stayed overnight during the Siege of Ladysmith. The house of Carl Landman - second in command at the Battle of Blood River can - be found on a farm close to Glencoe.

Ladysmith & Surrounds

This town on the banks of the Klip River - proclaimed in 1850 - was named after the Spanish wife of Sir Harry Smith. It became a prosperous staging- post for fortune-hunters en route to the Transvaal gold-fields and diamond discoveries at Kimberley. Ladysmith made world headlines at the turn of the century when it was besieged for 118 days during the most crucial stage of the Anglo-Boer War. Today a commercial centre for surrounding communities, the town is a natural gateway to the tourist de...


Originally known as Post Halt Two on the journey between Port Natal-Durban and the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (Transvaal), the town was referred to as Viljoensdorp by the Boers during their brief occupation in 1899. At the junction of three provinces, this 'natural' destination and departure point for travellers is now the largest town in northern KwaZulu- Natal...with all the amenities and advantages of city life a mere ten minutes' drive from scenic, pristine mountain countryside. Newcastl...


Nestling in a corner of the Balele mountains, the little town of Utrecht is one of the five original Voortrekker settlements established prior to 1850.


Weenen was established in 1838 on the banks of the Bushman's River and named 'The Place of Weeping' in memory of Zulu-massacred Voortrekkers. Weenen is today a fascinating mix of history and eco/ a myriad opportunities for daredevil thrill - seekers in this aptly-named Adventure Valley.

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