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The town of Estcourt is the gateway to the Central Drakensberg

estcourt - fort DurnfordEstcourt is ideally situated with easy access to Winterton, Rosetta, Nottingam Road, Bergville, Weenen and Howick which also make up the well known tourist attractions, namely the Drakensberg Region and the Midlands Meander. The new Drakensberg tourist route incorperates Estcourt as the hub of the Drakensberg Route.

Estcourt was named after Thomas Henry Sotheron Estcourt. However, claims that the town was originally named Bushmans River Post or Bushmans River Drift and that the change of name to Estcourt took place in 1863. It can be stated that town of Estcourt was never named either Bushmans River Post or Bushmans River Drift, but simply, Bushmans River.

Estcourt is also the start of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Battlefields Route and played an important role during the Anglo Boer war of 1899.

estcourt - wagondrift damEstcourt town is now the largest commercial and service center in the Midlands region and is also important to the nearby Mooi River, Winterton, Bergville, Colenso and Weenen, due to the fact that Estcourt now has a greater variety of shops.

There is a lot to be seen and done in the Estcourt area too. Experience some exquisite bushman rock art at Kamberg or drive up to Giants Castle and spend some time in the mountains. Day walks or overnight stays in the caves or mountain huts are both possible and very worthwhile. For those of you who are fanatical about trout then you'll find yourself in the right area. The safari feeling can be found in the Weenen or Spieonkop game reserves and of course the midlands meander offers plenty of opportunity to buy some local craftwork or just have a nice drive.

Estcourt accommodation

antbear Guest HouseAntbear Guest House - Indeed a special find. One of those places you wished you would have stayed longer where the accommodation, view, location, service and food are just perfect. This is the nearest private accommodation option near to Giants Castle and also offers one of the best deals available.

ardmore guest farmArdmore Guest Farm - While this guest house is a little further away in the Champagne Valley it still a great option to stay when you visit Giants Castle. Also centrally situated this guest house makes for a special few days in the Drakensberg. Ardmore is especially suited to families with units that can accommodate 6 persons.