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Welcome to the city of Dundee

Now you are wondering, Dundee a city? Surely not. Yes we are, visit us and find out why.

Situated in the centre of northern KwaZulu-Natal Dundee has long connections with coal mining, military conflict and a rich and varied history. Although coal mining is no longer as prominent as it once was the history and scenery of the area provides a wealth of interesting activities for visitors. The town is characterised by numerous historical buildings and churches that date back over 100 years. Named by Peter Smith in memory of his links with Scotland, the town and area still echoes a number of those links, borne out in the names of farms, villages and mountains. The area is also noted for its agricultural industry, particularly dairy, beef and game ranching.

Tours specializing in the military history, Zulu culture, game viewing, “hunting, birding and fishing”, hiking and horse trails, white water rafting are all on offer. This is where the Anglo Boer War of 1899-1902 began and the Talana Museum, Heritage Park and Battlefield has superb exhibits on the battles of the area. It is also the home to the coal mine museums of South Africa, an exquisite glass collection, Peter Smith’s home and farm steading and much more. Dundee is an excellent central base for visits to Rorkes Drfit, Isandlwana, Fugitives Drift, Blood River/Ncome, Maria Ratschitz and a host of other interesting sites.

The range of accommodation from backpacker to exclusive lodges caters for all.
Spend a couple of days in the area absorbing the atmosphere, rich traditions, culture and history that comes alive with tales by local tour guides. Visit game lodges, stay on a game farm, enjoy superb meals and make new and long lasting friends.

Annual events not to be missed

  • Battlefields Fly In – May.
  • Dundee July – Horseracing on the last Saturday of July.
  • Gandhi Walk – first Saturday August.
  • Ghost walk on 20 October – Anniversary battle of Talana.
  • Talana Live with Battle of Talana and Defence of Rorkes Drift re-enactments – On nearest weekend to 20 October.
  • Mpati Mountain Race – July.
  • Christmas in Africa – extravaganza of Christmas lights throughout Talana museum grounds for the month of December. Museum grounds open until 21:00 each evening. Bring family and friends and have picnic in the grounds.

Places of Interest

Talana Museum, Battlefield and Heritage Park

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Victoria Street, Dundee, 3000, South Africa

701 | 20 October 1899 Talana Museum, situated three kilometres outside Dundee on the Vryheid road, is no repository of old Read More →

Endumeni Tourism Information Office

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Endumeni Tourism Information Office, Civic Gardens, Victoria Street, Dundee

702D | Contact Endumeni Tourism for any additional information about Dundee and Glencoe.

Dundee Dutch Reform Church

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Dutch Reform Church, 24 Beaconsfield Street, Dundee

703D | Anton von Wouw memorial tablet can be found at the Dutch reformed Moederkerk to commemorate the Boers who Read More →

Betania Church

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Betania Church, Mckenzie Street, Dundee

704D | The church was used as a hospital during and after the battle of Talana. Soldiers who died were Read More →


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Boswells, Corner Gladstone and Beaconsfield Street, Dundee

705D | Boswells is the oldest pre Boer war theatre in KZN. The Treason Trials of 1901 were held in Read More →

Cottage Hospital

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Cottage Hospital, Mckenzie Street, Dundee

706D | The Cottage Hospital is the original hospital in Dundee and was used during and after the battle of Read More →

Holy Rosary Convent Buildings

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Holy Rosary Convent Buildings, Victoria Street, Dundee

707D | The Holy Rosary Convent Buildings is today part of the Pro Nobis school complex for physically and mentally Read More →

Dundee Hindu Temple

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Dundee Hindu Temple, Browning Street, Dundee

708D | It was in these grounds in 1913 that the Mohandas Gandhi spoke to over 3000 people which led Read More →

MOTH Memorial Glencoe

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MOTH Memorial, Biggar Street, Glencoe

709D | Erected by the Biggarsberg Shellhole to commemorate the involvement of miners and their wives from Burnside mine in Read More →

Paynes’ Farm Glencoe

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Paynes Farm, Grove Ave, Glencoe

710D | Paynes' farm in Glencoe was built in 1898 and used as the Russian hospital for Boer forces 1899-1900. Read More →

War Memorial Dundee

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War Memorial Dundee, 70 Victoria Street, Dundee

711D | War Memorial in Dundee

The Dundee Diehards

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Dundee, KwaZulu Natal

712D | RE-ENACTMENT GROUP The Dundee Diehards re-enactment team is a volunteer, non-profit organisation that was formed in 1999, originally to Read More →
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4 Comment

  1. lydia mbonambi, 13 November 2013 at 8:45 pm

    hai i would like to know if you want to visit talan muesum during week, how much for intrance per person and how to make bookings for visit but am going with older persons

  2. Bhavaniya, 15 July 2015 at 11:30 am


    I am doing a geography project about Dundee.


    Please will you give me a bit more information on this or perhaps if you can recommend any sites.


  3. Salustia Ribeiro, 15 August 2017 at 4:50 pm

    How nice to scroll through the page and see the Dundee I once new, as a student at Holy Rosary Convent. Hope to be back one day.


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