The Spioenkop Nature Reserve is located 35km from Ladysmith and 14km from Winterton in KwaZulu-Natal. The 6000 hectare reserve was established in July 1975, and was the site of the historic Anglo-Boer battle in 1891. Today most visitors to the Spioenkop Nature Reserve are here for the dam where excellent fishing and boating can be enjoyed.
The Spioenkop peak rises to a height of 1466 meters, and is covered with memorials to the many soldiers who lost their lives in battle here. Other activities include self-guided hiking trails, horse riding, angling, and game viewing of giraffe, rhino, zebra, and other plains game.
There is also a playground to keep kids occupied, a swimming pool, war museum, and a slipway. Many picnic sites are also available along the shores of the dam.
Battle of Spioenkop
The site of the infamous Battle of Spioenkop, which took place in 1900, is located in the reserve. It is accessible by road and the 360Ëš view from the top is well worth the effort.