Dundee on the Northern slopes of the Biggarsberg is where KwaZulu
Natals great coal mining industry originated.
The Dundee Coal Company was floated on the London Stock Exchange
in 1899, and Dundee soon emerged as a boomtown graced with stately
homes and the first theatre north of Port Natal-Durban. Pioneer
traders from the Indian sub-continent settled here during the
following decade, when Dundee became the meeting place of seven
roads into the hinterland and coast.
It remains a convenient central base for exploration of this
corner of KwaZulu- Natal.
Today only one coal mine is still in operation while cattle and
sheep ranching and maize growing are the main agricultural pursuits
of the district.
Dundee was the scene of the first major engagement in the Anglo
Boer War at Talana. Some of the other most famous battle sites
in KwaZulu Natal can be visited near the town.
A splendid collection of Victorian edifices built on the site
of the Anglo Boer Wars first battle. On display are some
fascinating militaria plus sections devoted to coal mining, glass-
During the Battle of Talana the headquaters, Boer hospital and
mortuary of the Boers were located on the farm Thornley on the
southern slopes of the Talana Hill. The buildings have been restored
to their pristine condition.
In the Isandlwana Shellhole, housing an excellent collection of
medals and weaponry from the Anglo Boer War.
Isandlwana, Blood River and Rorkes drift near the town are
some of the most famous. At the latter 100 heavily outnumbered
men came out victorious over the Zulu after, a 12h battle.
Hikes and Trails:
The district is blessed with beauty and imbued with history. It
is therefore best experienced on one of the many hikes and trails