The Old Fort - Durban

The Old Fort - Durban

The Old Fort in Durban was built in 1842 by troops of the 27th regiment, under the command of Captain Thomas Smith. The troops marched into Durban with hopes of showing a British presence, and curbing the intentions of Dutch farmers who wanted to establish a republic in Natal.

The Old Fort was occupied by various detachments and regiments of the British Army, from its date of completion in 1842 until 1897. The Old Fort lay neglected for a long time until it was rescued by Colonel Molyneux. Due to the intense efforts of the Colonel, the Old Fort now displays a beautiful enclosure of trees and flowers, and today is recognized as a national monument. The Old Fort is maintained today by the Durban city council, in a joint effort with the Historical Monuments Commission and the Royal Durban Light Infantry Comrades Association.

The Old Fort houses many memorials and features of historical importance, which are scattered throughout the gardens, all of which are clearly marked by a number of ceramic plaques. The rooms which previously housed the barracks, have been restored, and now serve as homes for old soldiers and their wives. The little chapel, formerly the Magazine where ammunition and explosives were stored, contains many brasses and tablets. Also located in the grounds are a number of tablets which commemorate Dick King's ride to Grahamstown, a general memorial to those who defended the Old Fort 1842; a tablet honouring the Biggar expedition of settlers from Durban who went to the assistance of the Voortrekkers in 1838, and another which marks the unbelievable feat of the boy John Ross who walked to Delagoa Bay and back in 1827 in search of medicines and other supplies for the little settlement at the Bay of Natal.

The Old Fort also features a gun recovered from the wreck of the Grosvenor which went down north of the Umzimvubu River mouth in 1782,as well as a seat made of timber from the frigate Southampton which carried Captain Smith and his troops from England in 1842. The handsome lychgate at the main entrance known as Warrior's Gate, was placed there by the warrant officers and sergeants of the Durban Light Infantry as a tribute to Colonel Molyneux upon his retirement in 1925.

Accommodation Near The Old Fort - Durban

Sleeps: 4

Luxury North Beach Apartment

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.0km North of The Old Fort - Durban

Set in a secure estate, luxury self catering apartment is well located along the prime area of the Golden Mile. It has an attractive appearance with well-maintained gardens and a pool.

Sleeps: 4

Durban Beachfront Windermere Penthouse Flat

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.1km East of The Old Fort - Durban

Durban Beachfront (N Beach) 4person Penthouse Self Catering Holiday Flat on Marine Parade. Full views of beachfront and north side of city.

Sleeps: 6

Summersands 39

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.1km North of The Old Fort - Durban

Summersands 39 is situated in the prime area of the Durban Beachfront, it is a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom, luxury self-catering apartment. It has modern furnishings and decorated with beautiful paintings and chandeliers.

Sleeps: 4

Luxury Ground Floor Apartment

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.1km North of The Old Fort - Durban

Set in a secure estate, luxury self catering apartment is well located along the prime area of the Golden Mile. It has an attractive appearance with well-maintained gardens and a pool.

Sleeps: 4

North Beach Durban Apartment

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.2km North of The Old Fort - Durban

North Beach Durban Apartment is a self-catering apartment located in a secure complex, situated in the North Beach area of Durban.The apartment is ideal for guests looking for comfortable lodging, close to the beach and a variety of action.

Sleeps: 4

North Beach Durban Holiday Apartment

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.2km North of The Old Fort - Durban

North Beach Durban is a self-catering apartment located in a secure complex, situated in the North Beach area of Durban. The apartment is ideal for guests looking for comfortable lodging, close to the beach and a variety of action.

Penthouse North Beach

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.2km East of The Old Fort - Durban

The Penthouse is situated in the heart of Durbans Golden Mile, and literally opposite Durbans North Beach. The Penthouse is on the fourth Floor and has an exclusive access to the rooftop. It is private and secluded with some wonderful ocean views of the

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Blue Waters Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.3km North of The Old Fort - Durban

This classical hotel is located on Durban's Golden Mile, opposite it's own semiprivate beach, less than 10 minutes from the City centre and the International Convention Centre. We are 500m from the new Suncoast Casino Complex.

Sleeps: 18 in 8 units/rooms

Riviera Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.3km South of The Old Fort - Durban

The Riviera Hotel is a modern attractively decorated low budget tourist hotel offering excellent value and friendly efficient service.

Sleeps: 15 in 3 units/rooms

Penney Private Holiday Flats

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.3km East of The Old Fort - Durban

Penney Holiday Flats, budget accommodation, only 1 minute's walk to Durban's main beach area, making it ideal accommodation for holiday makers looking for sun, sea and sand.