One night in Dundee is not enough!!!
But, if you only have one night, these are our top Dundee suggestions! We suggest you start early!
Dundee is a historical town (some might correct us and say ‘city’ as it does boast a cathedral) located 70km from Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal. Dundee has colourful local characters with an immense pride in their town, friendly locals and clean streets. The town lies nestled in the valley of the picturesque Biggarsberg and is surrounded by historically remarkable mountains of “Indumeni” (Where the thunder rolls), “Mpati” (The place of good waters), and “Talana” (The shelf where precious items are kept).
Visit Talana Museum
Start your visit to Dundee at the Talana Museum – it will give you a good idea of what is on offer and an opportunity to grab brochures! According to Museum Curator and N3 Gateway Board member, Pam McFadden, it takes three days to fully appreciate all that the Talana Museum has to offer! Nestled at the base of Talana Hill the museum is set in a 20-acre heritage park. The museum comprises 42 buildings, dedicated to subjects as diverse as war and agriculture, mining, industry and domestic life. Our favourite picks were the coal mining gallery showing just how low the mine ceilings were. Crawl through a section of it yourself and experience authentic mine shaft ventilation! The renowned glass gallery features items from the now-closed Talana Glass Works which produced, amongst other things, beer bottles for South Africa and which show cases many priceless and quirky items. Glass has been manufactured in Dundee since the end of the 19th century and the museum is home to a magnificent collection of glass used and manufactured in South Africa.
Have a quick bite to eat at the Miners Café. Combine your visit to Dundee with the Talana Live event and a Moonlit Battlefields Tour complete with ghost stories!
Stay at Ingudlane Game Lodge
Looking for delicious food, quality linen and bountiful wildlife close to town? Ingudlane Lodge is situated on a 1900 hectare reserve just 2km outside Dundee. They have modern secluded self-catering chalets and en-suite rooms. Breakfast is to die for with Dundee’s best potato rosti, scones and Hertzog cupcakes. Start your day with an early morning game drive as friendly ranger, Cameron, picks you up at your door with a smile!
Stay at Chez Nous
If you appreciate delicious cooking, personal service and a home from home atmosphere set in beautiful colonial gardens in the centre of Dundee, look no further! Chez Nous is owned and managed by the colourful Elizabeth Durham who hails from Paris but has happily lived in SA for many years and who also is a specialist tour guide on the death of the young Prince Imperial in Dundee and the Battlefields.
Battlefields Tour with Guide
Definitely not boring history! A raconteur is a person who tells anecdotes in a skilful and amusing way and boy, do our guides entertain with gory, human details that we, as South Africans, can all relate to! The KZN Battlefields Route also attracts many international visitors from the UK, Australia and Canada visiting the places where their great-grandfathers were engaged in battle.
Walk the Dundee Heritage Trail
Thirty-six plaques have been put up on historical sites in Dundee, Sibongile and Glencoe. We enjoyed seeing the:
- NG Kerk Walking past the Pride of India tree up the red stoep painted steps, greeted by the sound of yesteryear – organ music hymns.
- MOTH Museum
Absolutely fascinating, the shellhole contains an eclectic collection of (largely) plundered war memorabilia! Towards the end of the Second World War, a group of Dundee citizens got together to consider an appropriate memorial to the local men and women who had served and died in the war. It was decided not to erect another memorial – like the one for the First World War – but to build a living memorial that would be useful to the community. Chat to Pat Rundgren (details below) – he is an author and former infantryman who specialises in battlefield tours in the Zulu and Boer Wars, as well as Zulu culture. He knows so many interesting details about the many artifacts on display.Contact details:
+72 (0)72 803 2885
- Ghandi Museum and Old Court House
Mohandas Gandhi was tried in this court on 11 November 1913 for inciting Indians to leave Natal and cross the border into the Transvaal (this was illegal for Indians as they required a permit) and sentenced to a £60 or 90 imprisonment with hard labour. The museum is a new offering, restored by Talana Museum in collaboration with members of the local community.
Pick up an Nguni hide at Afritan
Before you leave Dundee, how can you resist not popping into Afritan and buying a locally produced and cured highly fashionable Nguni hide?! AfriTan specializes in the tanning of nguni hides, sheep skins and game skins which are beautifully and skilfully stitched into products which are sold worldwide and in their shop in Dundee.
So now, we bet you’re thinking, “Sjoe, that is a lot to do for one night in Dundee?” You’re right! Why not make it at least two nights and enjoy all that this fabulous area has to offer! For loads more ideas and contact details galore, visit www.tourdundee.co.za