A Guide to Accommodation, Activities, Restaurants & Businesses in Ladysmith, South Africa
On the banks of the Klip River in the Battlefields Region of KwaZulu-Natal is Ladysmith an ideal stopping place as it is about halfway between Johannesburg and Durban. Proclaimed in 1850, the town was named after the wife of Sir Harry Smith, Lady Juana Smith, who was Spanish and is today the commercial centre for surrounding communities. The town also serves as a gateway to the central and northern reaches of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park. During winter the snow-capped peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains form an awe-inspiring backdrop to the town.
Ladysmith was an important transition point for fortune-hunters en-route to the Transvaal gold fields and diamond discoveries at Kimberley and become well known round the world as the site of the 118-day siege.
The Qeduzi dam which lies about 4 kilometres outside of Ladysmith, has lived up to its name of ‘suffering’ by flooding its banks every year for the last 150 years; then the Spioenkop Nature Reserve, which is about 6000 hectares and 35 kilometres from Ladysmith, offers to those who love water, yachting, fishing and water-skiing opportunities. The Nature reserve spreads out next to the Spioenkop Anglo-Boer War battle site which has links to a range of articles about Ladysmith and its attractions.
Accommodation in Ladysmith
There is a variety of places to stay in Ladysmith which includes hotels, self-catering units, guest houses, bed and breakfasts and lodges. Please see the accommodation directory for more information.
Activities in Ladysmith
There are a number of activities to do in and around Ladysmith. One of the biggest past-times in the area is horse breeding and ranching. Please see the activities directory for more information.
Restaurants in Ladysmith
There are many restaurants on offer to suit every visitors budget. There is a great selection of restaurants, coffee shops and pubs to choose from!
Ladysmith has a growing business community and provides a wide range of goods and services to its residents and holiday makers.
See our business directory for a list of businesses in Ladysmith, or add your own free business listing.
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