The Antbear Guesthouse
Battlefields and cultural experiences arranged for you personally
The Battlefields. Over a period of 55 years the scenic and tranquil landscape of the central and northern regions of KwaZulu-Natal was the site of the bloodiest and most significant battles fought on South African soil. Every town and historical building has a facinating tale to tell
The Battlefields area of the Thukela Region is where some the most significant battles of South African history have taken place. The names of Blood River, Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, Majuba, the siege of Ladysmith, Spioenkop and Colenso are names that evoke strong emotions even today. The rolling hills forms the background to where scenes of great courage, violent confrontation and tragedy have been played out.
It was here that the exploring Afrikaner settlers were confronted by the Zulus, and where later where the British army met fierce resistance from the Zulu armies in the Anglo-Zulu Wars of 1879.
It was also here that the Afrikaners successfully challenged the Imperial colonization of the British and through their guerilla tactics defeated the might of the British occupation and changed the way in which war was waged for ever.
Base yourself at the Antbear Guesthouse where you will find yourself perfectly situated to visit some of the nearby battle sites. The Antbear Guesthouse is one of the accommodation gems that just a few people happen to stumble across. They offer hospitable accommodation in the foothills of the Drakensberg. The guesthouse was originally built in the 1940's and has recently been restored by sculptor Bruce Attwood. The Antbear gets its name from the previous resident, who lived beneath the floor boards before restoration.
Eccentrically refurbished using wood gathered in the surrounding valleys, the Antbear combines comfort with a unique environment with panoramic views of the Drakensberg Mountains for 160 Km. The guesthouse is perched on a natural kind of platform over looking the Bushmans river.
Relax, enjoy the view, take walks around the farm and savor the delicious food prepared by Andrew and Conny. There is a lot more than just the battlefields to be seen and done in the area. Experience some exquisite bushman rock art at Kamberg or drive up to Giants Castle and spend some time in the mountains. Day walks or overnight stays in the caves or mountain huts are both possible and very worthwhile. For those of you who are fanatical about trout then you'll find yourself in the right area. The wildlife feeling can be found in the Weenen or Spieonkop game reserves and a horse trail where you get within meters of towering giraffes is not to be missed. Of course the midlands meander offers plenty of opportunity to buy some local craftwork and just have a nice day drive.
Battlefields, zulu wars and south African history experiences arranged for you personally
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