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City Ladysmith KZN

Ladysmith is a town in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and is located on the N3 highway from Johannesburg (365 km north of Ladysmith) to Durban (230 km to the south-east).

In 1847 a group of farmers under leadership by Andries Spies got a piece of land of the Zulu king. The Boers named it the Republic of Klip River after the river that flowed through the area. Later, the settlements were established republic and were acquired in the same year by the British, who named it after the wife of British General Smith of the Cape Colony, Ladysmith. The British built a fortress to protect against the Zulus.

During the Second Boer War the British and the Boers invaded Ladysmith and it was the center from which the British Lieutenant General Sir George White was trying to protect Natal against the Boers. By end of October 1899, there were a few short battles in the Ladysmith area and then White decided to withdraw his troops in the city. The Boers surrounded Ladysmith on November 2 and the occupation (the Siege of Ladysmith) lasted until February 28, 1900, no less than 118 days. All this time there was no food, medicines and other goods that they could bring the city and many people died. When the British reinforcements finally arrived on 28 February, there came an end to the occupation.

Ladysmith is located at the foot of the Drakensberg, 26 kilometers from the beautiful Van Reenen Pass. The Klip River that runs through the city has provided floods for years. The worst flooding was in 1996, when as many as 400 families had to be evacuated and there was a huge amount of damage. In 1997 Qedusizi Dam was finished which so far offers adequate protection against flooding. The climate in this region falls into the category of subtropical highland climate, meaning that summers are warm (25-30 degrees) and winters cool with daytime temperatures around 20 degrees, and at night a few degrees above zero. Annually, there is an average 639 mm of rain and most of the rain falls in the summer and the winter months are dry.

In addition to the Town Hall there is a small museum with information about the battles and the siege of Ladysmith and for those who are interested in history must visit this Siege museum. The Town Hall itself was built in 1893 and expanded in 1923. The building has two guns called Pollux and Castor. Further you see many memorials all of which have to do with the battle fought here in and around Ladysmith like Burgher Memorial on Wagon Hill.

Wildlife and nature lovers can also enjoy their stay here. As mentioned earlier Ladysmith lies at the foot of the impressive Drakensberg. Those who want to can go on safari in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve where the Big Five (elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino), hippos, cheetahs, hyenas and many other species live. The 10,000 hectare reserve has a number of lodges for those who want to stay here. Water sports enthusiasts can visit the Spioenkop Dam Nature Reserve, 35 kilometers from Ladysmith. Here you can also walk or have a picnic along the dam. There is also a section where you can see giraffes, zebras, rhinos, wildebeest and many types of antelopes. There are many birds in the entire area.

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