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Melmoth was founded in 1888 as a ‘gold rush’ town. Now travellers rush though this town as they visit the Natal area as it is a good base for travellers wanting to visit places of interest close to the town, all with an hour’s drive. Melmoth is situated 50 kilometres south of Ulundi, capital city of Natal. halfway between Eshowe and Mahlabatini in the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal's Drakensberg Mountain Range. The name comes from Sir Melmoth Osborn who was the resident commissioner of Zululand at the time. Melmoth is the origin of the Biyela clan and the Biyela Monument pays tribute to this group.
Other memorials include the Kwa Magwaza Mission Station, established by the late Reverend Robert Robertson and the Mthonjaneni Site, where numerous pre-battle meetings between various groups occurred. Simunye is an authentic Zulu cultural village, where visitors can experience the daily lifestyles of the Zulu people. The Matatane Crocodile Ranch, on the banks of the White Umfolozi River, is a popular place for hikers and the Melmoth Conservancy spans an area of 85,000 hectares which will keep the fittest person active. The conservancy was placed in the top three in the South African Conservation Awards and the unique trail through the Zululand Wilderness allows guests travel on horse back, ox wagon and donkey cart, thereby experiencing a mixture of pioneering Voortrekker and Zulu cultures, although the facilities at the end of the trail are more in keeping with the comfort expected.