Just off the N11 route between Ladysmith and Newscastle in northern KwaZulu-Natal, lies the Ntshingwayo Dam and the Chelmsford Nature Reserve. This almost forgotten gem of a resort lies on the northern shore of the dam and offers a variety of fully equipped and comfortable accommodation units ( eight x 5-bed chalets) as well as camping in two well equipped campsites.

The area is rather flat but does offer good views of the surrounding countryside which is rich in the history of the Anglo-Boer Wars. For the history-buff, access to battlefields such as Spioenkop, Talana near Dundee, Elandslaagte and many others is easy.

For the boating enthusiast or freshwater angler, the waters of the dam offer much. Fish species such as carp, barbel and yellow-fish may be caught either from a boat or from the shore. There are several slipways along the shoreline to facilitate launching.

A five-bed chalet at Chelmsford

Our regular Birds and Birding article will provide detailed information about birding opportunities in the area. There is also a well-stocked game park in the Chelmsford Nature Reserve, and which contains herds of springbok, blesbok and red hartebeest, as well as a significant population of the rare and elusive oribi antelope.

This delightful nature reserve is easily accessible from Gauteng either along the N11 via Necastle, or via the N3 and Ladysmith.

For full information about Chelmsford and how to book accommodation please follow the link:

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