7 PLACES OF INTEREST TO VISIT ON YOUR WAY FROM GAUTENG TO KWAZULU-NATAL

  1. SPION KOP

 

There’s something for both the historian AND the football fan at ‘Spy Hill’ or ‘Spion Kop’ as it’s known. It was the Second Anglo-Boer War and by January 1900, the British General Buller had failed in his two previous attempts at relieving the then Boer-besieged town of Ladysmith. On his third attempt, the Lancastiran brigade launched an attack against the Boers on the summit of Spion Kop, which ultimately resulted in a total defeat and would prove to be one of the most futile and notable battles of the war.

Of note is that ‘The Kop’, one end of Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield home ground takes its name from the number of Lancastiran soldiers that lost their lives here.

 

GPS COORDINATES: S28° 38.983’ E29° 30.998’

ADMISSION FEE: NO CHARGE

 

  1. THE MIDLANDS MEANDER

 

Started in 1985 by four potters, a weaver and a handful of artists as an art and crafts route, the Midlands Meander has grown to include more than 150 weavers, woodworkers, potters and ceramists, metal workers, cheese makers, beer brewers and well, many more. The Meander now extends from Mooi River through Rosetta and Kamberg, Balgowan, Lidgetton, Lions River and The Dargle coming to an end near Midmar Dam. You can pretty much join it anywhere although Mooi River is probably the best when travelling North to South.

 

Find out more at www.midlandsmeander.co.za

GPS COORDINATES: VARY

ADMISSION FEE: NO CHARGE

 

  1. NOTTINGHAM ROAD AND FORT NOTTINGHAM

 

Nottingham Road or ‘Notties’ as it’s affectionately called by locals is a quaint and vibrant little village nestled in the verdant rolling hills of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. There’s no shortage of activities in Notties and among the ‘must-stops’ (for everyone EXCEPT the driver) is the Nottingham Road Brewing Company. Other activities include fly-fishing, a stop at one of the local spas, breakfast, lunch or dinner at any one of the town’s superb eateries or even art or craft course and let’s not forget Notties great shops!

 

Just a little further down the road, you’ll find Fort Nottingham, a teeny tiny farming village with a handful of houses.

 

GPS COORDINATES NOTTINGHAM ROAD: 29.3558°S, 38.983’29.9993° E

GPS COORDINATES FORT NOTTINGHAM: 29°24’52.2252”S 29°54’ 48.0096” E

ADMISSION FEE: NO CHARGE

 

  1. MANDELA CAPTURE MONUMENT

 

On the night of the 5th of August 1962, Nelson Mandela was travelling with his comrade Cecil Williams along the R102 that runs parallel to the N3 freeway en route to Johannesburg. At a spot just before the road dips down into a bend, one of three South African Police cars that had been trailing behind them overtook before slowing down and indicating for them to stop.

As Nelson Mandela wrote in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom – ‘I knew in that moment that my life on the run was over, my 17 months of ‘freedom’ were about to end’.

 

Today, you can now visit the Mandela Capture Monument and take in the stillness of the location and Museum. Perhaps one of the highlights of the Monument is the sculpture by Marco Cianfanelli erected from 50 steel rods in varying lengths and that when seen from a certain angle portrays Mandela. Don’t forget to check out Piggly Wiggly Farm Stall nearby!

 

Find out more at: www.thecapturesite.co.za

GPS COORDINATES: 29°28’08.0”S  30°10’12.2”E

ADMISSION FEE: NO CHARGE

 

  1. HOWICK FALLS

 

It quickly becomes apparent why Howick Falls is referred to in Zulu as KwaNogqaza, or, the ‘place of the tall one’. Here, the uMgeni River tumbles spectacularly 95 meters down into the large pool at its base.

 

There are three different trails around the falls allowing sightseers to get closer to this awe-inspiring (and quite often deafening depending on your proximity) attraction. The Howick Falls Gorge Walk takes you through the lush green riverine forest and starts at the Gorge Walk sign at the bottom of Harvard street.

 

GPS COORDINATES: 29°29’7.59”S  30°14’17.22”E

ADMISSION FEE: NO CHARGE – However if you wish to tackle the trails there is a small fee which goes towards the Howick Falls conservancy.

 

  1. TALA GAME RESERVE

 

Nestled in the farmlands of KZN you’ll discover a wildlife conservancy that makes you feel a million miles from just about anywhere. Spanning some 3000 hectares and with a mix of acacia thornveld, open grassland and precious wetland Tala boasts over 380 bird species and a host of big game including kudu, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, wilderbeest and eland. So why not join a game drive and kick-off the relaxation early.

 

Find out more at: www.tala.co.za

GPS COORDINATES: 29°49’32.61”S  30°32’29.69”E

ADMISSION FEE: VARIES DEPENDENT ON ACTIVITY

 

  1. PHEZULU SAFARI PARK

 

Phezulu Safari Park has something for the whole family, the best of which is arguably their Zulu Cultural Experience and village with traditional Zulu dancing and food. There’s also 4X4 Safari Game Drives to Hiking Trails, Segway Tours and a Reptile Park with crocodiles, snakes and tortoises. Situated in the picturesque Valley of a Thousand Hills that seem to roll on forever, Phezulu Safari Park offers a welcome stop en route to Durban from Johannesburg.

 

Find out more at: www.phezulusafaripark.co.za

GPS COORDINATES: -29°45’14.94”S  30°43’22.98”E

ADMISSION FEE: VARIES DEPENDENT ON ACTIVITY

 

If you’re planning a December getaway to our exceptional province, be sure to check some of these spots out. You can make it a road trip of a lifetime! Travel safe, we cannot wait to have you! #KZNHasItAll #BelieveIt

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