Helpful Hints to Remember When Visiting Battlefields

Helpful Hints to Remember When Visiting Battlefields


The Battlefields area enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers and mild winters, which are cooler at night. Ladysmith, for example, has an average maximum temperature of 25.5 degrees Centigrade. Its average minimum temperature is 10.8 degrees. The average rainfall is 690mm.
The average minimum and maximum temperatures and rainfall figures for this area are as follows:

Month Min. Temp Max. Temp Rainfall (mm) January 17 29.3 154.2 February 17 28 100.8 March 15 27 75 April 12 26 24.3 May 6 24 18 June 3 21 3.6 July 3 21 9.6 August 7 23 22.2 September 10 25 36.9 October 12 26 53.5 November 15 27 90 December 16 28 86.6 

The KZN Battlefields are mainly found in the north-central area of KwaZulu-Natal

Vryheid, a core town on the Battlefields Route, has an average maximum temperature of 25.5 degrees Celsius and an average minimum of 11.9 degrees Celsius in winter. Its annual average precipitation (rainfall) is approximately 780mm. 


From Johannesburg:

Town Distance

Ladysmith 367
Estcourt 423
Newcastle 300
Dundee 360

From Durban:

Town Distance

Ladysmith 251
Estcourt 157
Newcastle 350
Dundee 320

From Pretoria:

Town Distance

Ladysmith 425
Estcourt 481
Newcastle 358
Dundee 388

From Bloemfontein:

Town Distance

Ladysmith 436
Estcourt 421
Newcastle 440
Dundee 469

From Port Elizabeth:

Town Distance

Ladysmith 999
Estcourt 943
Newcastle 1108
Dundee 1012

From Cape Town:

Town Distance

Ladysmith 1429
Estcourt 1413
Newcastle 1438
Dundee 1476


Official Languages

There are eleven official languages in South Africa. In the area of the Battlefields Afrikaans, English and Zulu are widely spoken.


Banking hours are from Monday to Friday 09h00-15h30 and Saturday 08h30-11h00. Automated teller machines (ATMs) operate 24 hours and can be found in most shopping centres in the Battlefields area. The specific banks that are found in this area are Standard Bank, ABSA, Nedbank and First National

Credit Cards

Most departmental stores, shops, hotels and restaurants accept international credit cards i.e. American Express, VISA, Diners Club, MasterCard.


The currency in South Africa is the Rand. Bank notes currently available are R200, R100, R50, R10 and coins of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c, and 1c. There are 100c in R1.


14% tax is charged on most purchased goods and services. However, foreign tourists are able to reclaim this money on their departure from the country provided that the goods purchased exceeds R250. Ask for more information at the airport on arrival.

Hospitals/Medical Care

There are several well-equipped and professionally staffed public hospitals and clinics in the Battlefields area, as well as private medical facilities. Ambulance services are just a phone call away.


On the whole Battlefields is a Malaria Free Zone. Malaria is only endemic in the low-lying areas of coastal Zululand and Maputaland, especially as you get close to the Mozambique and Swaziland borders. It is advisable to take precautions when visiting these areas, especially in the hot summer months. Consult a doctor or pharmacist.


Durban International Airport Durban Airport is situated approximately two hour's drive away from the Battlefields. It handles international flights as well as domestic flights to and from all major centres throughout South Africa.

Post and Tele-Communications

There are excellent tele-communications services provided by Telkom throughout the Battlefields area, and there are post offices in all towns and most villages. There are two cellular telephone service providers. Reception is almost 100% all the way along the coastal areas. Inland, the reception is limited to the main road routes and major towns.

Accommodation, Restaurants and other tourism services

A searchable database of all tourism attractions and services in this area is currently being developed. For your accommodation needs please consult the static accommodation lists linked under each of the towns on this site. For information on other tourism services in this area, please search the database found under 'Plan and Book' on the main KwaZulu-Natal website: .