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Situated amongst green expanses of the KwaZulu-Natal Province and with the majestic Drakensberg Mountains as a backdrop, Ladysmith is a delightful town on the battlefields route. This route traces the many battles that took place in the 1899-1902 South African War and Ladysmith took centre stage during a bloody siege that resulted in the loss of many lives. Two of the world’s most iconic figures, Winston Churchill and Mahatma Ghandi, had a role to play in the Ladysmith siege.
The town was officially established in 1850 and named after the title of British Governor Harry Smith’s wife.
With a small aerodrome and located close to the main highway between Johannesburg and Durban, Ladysmith is the primary commercial centre for the region.
Top 6 reasons to visit Ladysmith
1. Take a walk through the town to appreciate the beautiful Victorian buildings and absorb the ravages of war displayed by various statues, gardens and monuments erected... Show more
For a more down to earth experience there are guest houses. Less expensive than hotels, they offer a more homey environment, as well as more privacy. Converted from a private house it’s a much gentler environment and for those with furry friends, there are also pet friendly options. They are usually well situated with shops and places of interest nearby. Being so small it offers a much more personal and intimate attention to it’s upkeep, leaving you with a more polished and homely experience.