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Ladysmith is the natural gateway to the tourist delights of the Central Drakensberg and Northern Drakensberg

ladysmithLadysmith is located on the banks of KwaZulu-Natal's Klip River. Proclaimed in 1850, it was named after the Spanish wife of Sir Harry Smith. Ladysmith became a prosperous staging- post for fortune-hunters en route to the Transvaal gold- fields and diamond discoveries at Kimberley. Ladysmith made world headlines at the end of the 19th century when it was besieged for 118 days during the most crucial stage of the Anglo-Boer/South African War. Its historic heritage is its main claim to fame, with many fascinating sites to discover.

Almost halfway between Johannesburg and Durban, Ladysmith is the ideal place for a stop-over. Whether for a few nights or just a few hours - Ladysmith offers a rewarding experience to all its visitors.

Today a commercial centre for surrounding communities, Ladysmith is the natural gateway to the tourist delights of the Central Drakensberg and Northern Drakensberg.

Ladymith Tourist Attractions

  • ladysmith museumAnglo Boer War Battlefield History. The Ladysmith Anglo Boer War museum is perhaps the best war museum representing these battles.
  • There are numerouse battle sites in and around Ladysmith and battlefield guides are availble.
  • Spionkop Battlefield offers a self guided tour which is well worth a trip if you pass through Ladysmith
  • All Saints Anglican Church. The church is a memorial to those British soldiers who gave their lives in the battles in and around Ladysmith, some 1800 out of a total of 3000 perishing due to disease.
  • Emnambithi Cultural Centre: Arts And Craft Development Art GalleryOpening times Monday - Friday 9h00 - 16h00