The Battlefields region, in the northeastern part of KwaZulu-Natal, has an historical past mixed with wars and battles and has the largest concentration of battlefields in South Africa.
Monuments and memorials bear testimony to the confrontations of the Voortrekkers and the Zulus, the early British settlers and the powerful Zulu nation, and later the South African (Anglo-Boer) War.
The Siege Museum in Ladysmith is considered to be the best South African (Anglo-Boer) War museum in the country, and travellers can take day trips from here to nearby battle sites including Rorke’s Drift and the Blood River Monument.
A popular annual event is the re-enactment of the Battle of Blood River, a famous clash between the Voortrekkers and amaZulu that took place on the 16th of December 1838.
Spioenkop Nature Reserve, 30km south of Ladysmith, was the site of one of the fiercest battles of the South African (Anglo-Boer) War. The reserve is stocked with a variety of wildlife and is home to more than 270 bird species, and the dam offers excellent watersport opportunities.
The Battlefields is also popular as an outdoor recreation area with white water rafting down the rapids on the Thukela River, sailing and fishing on the dam in the Chelmsford Nature Reserve and rivers in the region offering good fishing in season. Birding is popular throughout the Province.