Vryheid

Abaqulusi Municipality

Abaqulusi Municipality

Cnr High & Mark Streets, Vryheid

AbaQulusi Local Municipality is a local municipality in Zululand in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. It is named after the AbaQulusi, a Zulu clan whose descendants live in the vicinities of Vryheid, Utrecht, eDumbe and Ngotshe.

Hlobane Battlefield

Hlobane Battlefield

Hlobane Battlefield, Vryheid Area, KwaZulu-Natal

28 March 1879 In the early hours of 28 March 1879 two British columns mounted an attack on the abaQulusi stronghold on Hlobane Mountain. Their advance was observed by the abaQulusi and their allies who attacked the one section of…

Khambula Battlefield

Khambula Battlefield

Kambula Battlefield, Vryheid Area, KwaZulu Natal

29 March 1879 On the29 March 1879 some 22 000 Zulu warriors attacked the fortified British position at Khambula (shown on earlier maps as Kambula). The Battle started at 13:30 and ended around 17:30 when Zulus were driven off and…

Scheepersnek Battlefield

Scheepersnek Battlefield

Scheepersnek Battlefield, Vryheid Area, KwaZulu-Natal

20 May 1900 75 Swaziland Police and Vryheid burghers were stationed here. During a church service a Squadron of British cavalry arrived unexpectedly. After a short fight the British withdrew. 10km outside Vryheid on R33 to Dundee. Private farm. Site…

Lancaster Hill

Lancaster Hill

Lancaster Hill, Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal

11-12 December 1900 The hill overlooking Vryheid was occupied by 900 men of the Lancaster Regt who fortified the position with trenches and gun positions. During the night of 11-12 December 1900 Boers of Gen Louis Botha’s second invasion force…

Holkrans Battlefield

Holkrans Battlefield

Holkrans Battlefield, Vryheid Area, KwaZulu-Natal

6 May 1902 Louis Botha’s Commandos desperate for food began raiding local Zulus’ cattle and crops. The abaQulusi community threatened to retaliate and this occurred in the early hours of 6 May 1902 when Chief Sikhobobo with some 300 men…

Nieuwe Republiek Museum

Nieuwe Republiek Museum

113 Landdrost Straat, Vryheid, 3100

The Nieuwe Republiek (1884 – 1888) was one of 16 independent republics that came into being in South Africa before 1961. They were the result of a colonial south that accepted British Rule and a republican north that desired freedom…