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The Vryheid Hill Nature Reserve

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The Vryheid Hill Nature Reserve is situated on Lancaster Hill, just north of the town of Vryheid in northern Zululand, and is steeped in history, from the Bushmen to the British. The reserve also include the site of the Anglo-Zulu battle of Lancaster hill. There are a number of habitats which exist within the Vryheid Hill Nature Reserve, which include grassland, wetland, mixed woodlands, forest and cliffs. Due to the diversity of these regions, a wide variety of special plants, animals and birds can be found there.

The nine hundred hectare reserve is flanked by the historical town of Vryheid in northern Zululand. There are numerous trails in the reserve which lead visitors through or past all of these ecosystems, providing them with magnificent views of Vryheid and the surrounding area. Some of the wildlife to be found in the reserve include zebra, impala, blesbok, both mountain and common reedbuck, eland, bushbuck and oribi.

There are a large variety of Grassland orchids and wildflowers to be seen on the plateau, and the forest is home to many species of trees and shrubs. The reserve has gained a reputation as an excellent birdwatching destination, with an estimated two hundred and thirty recorded species frequenting the area. Crowned Eagle have been known to breed in the forest which looks over Vryheid, and the reserve includes other interesting birds such as Olive Bush Shrike, Bush Black-cap, Buff-streaked Chat, Buff-spotted Flufftail as well as many species of Pipit and Cisticola.

The site of the Anglo-Zulu war battle of Lancaster Hill, which took place in 1900, is also located within the Vryheid Hill Nature reserve, as well as a memorial grave of an English Lt. Colonel, and a Boer soldier. Numerous rock walls and forts built by the nine hundred English troops who were stationed in the area, are still visible. The British Royal Family paid Lancaster Hill a visit in 1947, and a picture of a ship drawn on a rock by Princess Margaret is still faintly visible.

Accommodation is available at the Ntingonono Environmental Centre. Situated on the edge of the forest, this venue offers visitors ten permanent safari tents, as well as hot and cold showers, a kitchen providing cutlery and crockery and a 100-seat hall.


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Elandsheim Retreat
From R 598
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Elandsheim Retreat

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Dundee

Midlands & Battlefields

0 Km from The Vryheid Hill Nature Reserve

Elandsheim is situated in the heart of the famous Zulu, Anglo and Boer battle sites, 55 km from Dundee, halfway between Johannesburg and Durban. We are surrounded by privately owned game reserves, rivers, waterfalls and magnificent Zululand thornveld

Villa Prince Imperial
Sleeps 158 in 10 units

Villa Prince Imperial

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Vryheid

Zululand & Maputaland

2.5 Km from The Vryheid Hill Nature Reserve

At the foot of Lancaster Hill, set in a one acre park, our Guest House can accommodate 17 guests. Days can be spent lazily sunbathing in the garden. Children are welcome and our park is a safe place for them to play.

Penbi Game Ranch
Graded:
Sleeps 18 in 5 units
From R 750
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Penbi Game Ranch

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Vryheid

Zululand & Maputaland

24 Km from The Vryheid Hill Nature Reserve

Come and relax in luxury at one of the few undiscovered gems of Northern KwaZulu Natal. Conveniently situated 30km north of Vryheid and only 3km from the tarred Vryheid/Paulpietersburg main road. Penbi Game Ranch will reward you with a unique ...

Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort Timeshare
Guest Rating: 7
Graded:
Sleeps 70 in 12 units
From R 1399
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort Timeshare

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Paulpietersburg

Zululand & Maputaland

24.8 Km from The Vryheid Hill Nature Reserve

Escape to a rejuvenating oasis at Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort, situated on the road between Vryheid and Paulpietersburg on the Battlefields Route.

Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs Resort & Self Catering
Guest Rating: 8
Graded:
Sleeps 174 in 57 units
From R 699
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs Resort & Self Catering

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Paulpietersburg

Zululand & Maputaland

24.8 Km from The Vryheid Hill Nature Reserve

Facilities in the hotel include an airy dining room and terrace offering lovely views of the garden and pool areas. Buffet breakfasts and dinners as well as a la carte dinners are served

Luiperdkloof Trout Lodge
Sleeps 8 in 2 units
From R 800
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 6 max (4 adults)
* Rates may vary according to season

Luiperdkloof Trout Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Newcastle

Midlands & Battlefields

51.5 Km from The Vryheid Hill Nature Reserve

Luiperdkloof is a 1900 hectare working cattle farm located in the scenic Balele Mountains between Wakkerstroom, Utrecht, Vryheid and Paulpietersburg

Ithala Game Reserve

Ithala Game Reserve

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Vryheid

Zululand & Maputaland

56.1 Km from The Vryheid Hill Nature Reserve

Ithala Game Reserve offers a fascinating variety of terrain, habitats, mammals, birds and trees.

Nxala Ranch
Graded:
Sleeps 8 in 1 unit
From R 450
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Nxala Ranch

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Dundee

Midlands & Battlefields

64.8 Km from The Vryheid Hill Nature Reserve

It offers three stylish en-suite bedrooms, a lounge equipped with satellite TV and music system, a modern, fully equipped kitchen and a spacious "stoep" (veranda) with braai facilities overlooking the dam which is well stocked with bass...

Welgekozen Country Lodge
Guest Rating: 10
Sleeps 30 in 15 units
From R 795
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Welgekozen Country Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Piet Retief

Grass & Wetlands

77.7 Km from The Vryheid Hill Nature Reserve

11 individually decorated double bed rooms with either showers or baths. Tea & coffee facilities in every room. TV with M-Net and DStv in every room. Superb English or continental breakfast. Evening meals. Laundry facilities available.

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