There are a number of things to do in and around Dundee from Battlefield sites to Game Viewing and from Museums to Gift & Decor Shops, there is something for everyone ... even the sporty members of the family can enjoy a round of golf, an hour or two fishing or a take a run through the farmlands and enjoy the fresh country air.
TALANA MUSEUM – a popular stop for anyone visiting Dundee. The museum comprises 17 buildings, dedicated to subjects as diverse as war and agriculture, mining, industry and domestic life. A quick visit will take approximately ½ a day. Visitors have been heard to say that a visit to Dundee is not the same without a visit to the Museum. In October/November each year, the Museum hosts the “Creations” exhibition which showcases local craft and art.
WALK or DRIVE DUNDEE – a self-guided tour around Dundee with the help of an information pamphlet compiled by Dundee’s Tourist Assocation. Some points of interest include: the Magistrates Court which is the only building in South Africa to bear the Royal Crest of Edward VII and the Centopah Memorial in remembrance of the men of World War I.
RESTAURANTS & COFFEE SHOPS
There are a selection of coffee shops and restaurants in Dundee. From local places such as Fairways Restaurant (at the Golf Course), Heidi’s Coffee Shop and Phumula Coffee Shop to the nationally famous Wimpy and Spur. The Royal Country Inn offers either an A la Carte or Buffet menu and one should call ahead to make a reservation as their opening hours are limited. Ingudlane Lodge offers a superb menu in the beautiful location of a game reserve only 2km from Dundee.
Dundee is host to a number of nationally known stores including Woolworths, Truworths, Clicks, Pick ‘n Pay and Spar, to mention a few. There are a number of other unique decor and gift shops including Kraaines (Glencoe) which offers 18 rooms of beautiful Decor items and Finesse where one can find a number of gifts or floral items.
Try your luck at Hattingspruit Dam (25 mins) or Donald McHardy Dam (10 mins) for bass and carp fishing.
GAME VIEWING There are several game farms in the area offering game viewing opportunities. Located within 2km of Dundee town is a stunning game reserve where guests can enjoy a game drive with one of the lodges experienced game guides followed by a delicious meal at the Lodge’s restaurant. They also offer guided walks and quad bike trails for the more adventurous.
With two courses within 15 minutes of Sneezewood Farm golfing enthusiasts can enjoy a round of golf with ease. One course is located a mere 5 minutes from Sneezewood Farm in Dundee and another course in the town of Glencoe.
The following events are favourite features on the Dundee calendar and we welcome visitors to join us for any of these:
|MAY||Uelzen Bazaar, Uelzen|
|JUNE||Biltong Festival, Battlefields Lodge, Dundee|
|JUNE||Elandskraal Bazaar, Elandskraal|
|OCT / NOV||Creations Exhibition, Talana Museum|
Renowned for its location in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields, you’ll find the following within a 60 minute drive of Dundee:
BATTLE OF BLOOD RIVER – 16 Dececember 1838
A battle won by the Voortrekkers against the Zulus using the laager technique. 48km from Dundee (approx 30 minutes). Two fascinating museums located on-site.
BATTLE OF ISANDLWANA – 22 January 1879
The biggest loss suffered by the British against the mighty Zulu army. 80km from Dundee.
FUGITIVES DRIFT – 22 January 1879
Located on private land, here is where the two Lieutenants responsible for saving the Queen’s Colour died. Tours arranged through Fugitive’s Drift lodge (small fee payable)
BATTLE OF RORKE’S DRIFT – 22 January 1879
Victory of 100 British soldiers over 4000 Zulu warriors ending after 12 hours of battle. The most ever Victoria Crosses awarded in one single battle were awarded here.
BATTLE OF TALANA – 20 October 1899
The first major battle between the Boers and the British. The Talana Museum is a popular tourist stop. Located in Dundee.
BATTLE OF ELANDSLAAGTE - 21st October 1899
The second major battle of the Anglo Boer War.
BATTLE OF SPIOENKOP - 24th January 1900
One of the bloodiest battles in attempt to relieve the Siege of Ladysmith by the Boers. The original British trench line on top of Spioenkop Hill is now a mass grave. (Approx 80 minutes drive, located outside Ladysmith)