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As you travel by the peaceful agricultural and cattle farms leading to the charming town of Dundee KwaZulu Natal it is hard to perceive that this was the site of the first tragic Anglo-Boer war at Talana. Nestled in the valley of the magnificent Biggarsberg Mountains, the pretty town of Dundee is a popular base from where to explore the rich and dramatic battlefield history of KwaZulu Natal.
Once a coal mining town Dundee has managed to retain its rustic appeal and the area is home to many skilled craft artists. Within the town are supermarkets, fine restaurants, splendid sporting facilities and a golf course. Camp at the caravan park located in town or overnight at lovely bed and breakfasts, stunning guest houses and marvellous lodges within and on the outskirts of the town. The informative Talana Museum, set on the actual site of the battle 2 kilometres out of Dundee, also houses a fascinating glass collection and interesting display on coal mining.
Explore the hills and valleys of Dundee still alive with battle memories of yesteryear; discover the rich pockets of nature hiking the trails offering interesting cannibal caves and prolific wild and birdlife, or enjoy game viewing at the game farms and reserves. Survey the battlefields on horseback or fish abseil and white-water raft at the Buffalo River gorge and Isibindi Eco-Reserve. Historical Anglo-Zulu-Boer drama unfolds before your eyes as you explore the Dundee, Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana battlefields and the impressive Voortrekker Laager of wagons at the Blood River battlefield. Dundee’s hospitable atmosphere, excellent facilities and accommodation, rich history and scenic surroundings are a winning combination for an enriching memorable visit.
For those who are a little adventurous and enjoy the company of other travellers, you can decide to stay at a Backpackers. Often having to share a room with others as well as costs, it is incredibly inexpensive. Often the best choice for those who may be just passing through or will be occupied for the majority of their day. It comes with the most basic amenities and is often formed as part of a bar or similar establishment. Not recommended for those who want privacy, this is best suited for those who wouldn’t mind meeting various other interesting travellers.