Points Of Interest Near Tugela River Lodge, Spioenkop Dam

Battle of Spioenkop

4.2km North West of Tugela River Lodge

The Battle of Spioenkop was the second attempt of determined British commander-in-chief General Buller to relieve the siege of Ladysmith. After the unsuccessful first attempt at Colenso Buller desperately needed a victory, and concentrated on the far...

Drakensberg Boys Choir

15.9km North West of Tugela River Lodge

The Drakensberg Boys' Choir was founded in 1965, and had a total of twenty students. The goal was to create a multiracial, multicultural choir school that would rival the Vienna Boys' choirs. The group now boasts international acclaim, and is...

The Winterton Museum

15.9km North West of Tugela River Lodge

The Winterton Museum provides visitors with an interesting destination, located in the scenic Drakensberg. The museum was officially opened in 1993, by Sheila Henderson. The museum is located on Church street, and showcases the history of the local...

Swartkop Challenge

20.7km North of Tugela River Lodge

The Swartkop Challenge is an extreme sport event which takes place each year at the site of the Anglo-Boer War Battle of Wagon Hill, also known as Platrand, near Ladysmith. The event sees teams of twenty members, and two leaders, each hauling a 1,300...

Battle Of Platrand (Wagon Hill)

20.7km North of Tugela River Lodge

The Battle of the Platrand was considered to be the only serious attack launched by the Boers on the British lines during the Siege of Ladysmith which went on for three months. The Platrand, also known as Wagon Hill is a two and a half mile long ridge...

Drakensberg Polar Bear Swim Challenge

21.4km North West of Tugela River Lodge

 In aid of the Estcourt and District SPCA The Dragon Peaks Dam in the KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg is home to the annual Estcourt Polar Bear Swim. The event is staged to raise funds for the Estcourt SPCA, and requires participants brave the frigid...

Arthur Creswell Memorial Marathon

22.4km North West of Tugela River Lodge

The Annual Arthur Creswell Memorial Marathon starts in Bergville at the farmers hall, in the KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg, and ends in Ladysmith. The 52km ultra-marathon is set over a relatively easy course, however one point, Childs Hill, located...

Ladysmith Town Hall

22.9km North of Tugela River Lodge

The first Town Hall in Ladysmith was constructed in 1893, and cost three thousand one hundred English pounds to complete. By the turn of the century the building had become too small to meet the need of the expanding town, and was subsequently enlarged....

Battle of the Tugela Heights

22.9km North of Tugela River Lodge

The Battle of Tugela heights was Sir Redvers Buller's fourth and final attempt to upstage the Boer forces, and lift the siege on Ladysmith. His final assault followed three previous frontal attacks. Even though the British force largely outnumbered...

Statue of Ghandi

22.9km North of Tugela River Lodge

Mohandas Ghandi was a stretcher bearer serving with General Buller's relief forces after the Siege of Ladysmith, and also trained a number of the 1100 Indians who undertook this dangerous task. It said that they left on the last train out of Ladysmith...