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Chelmsford Nature Reserve, Battlefields, KwaZulu-Natal

Chelmsford, Battlefields, KwaZulu-Natal

Chelmsford Nature Reserve is situated about 26km from Newcastle and 70km from Ladysmith in the Battlefields region of KwaZulu-Natal. The Ngagane River flows through the reserve and the Chelmsford Dam, the third largest in the province, is the main attraction for swimming, boating, skiing, jet skiing, kite surfing and freshwater fishing.

The reserve is also well stocked with buck including the rare oribi as well as springbok, red hartebeest and blesbok. There are also well over 200 bird species in the park. Chelmsford is one of the few protected areas in KwaZulu-Natal that offers trophy hunting. Accommodation in Chelmsford consists of eight 5-bed chalets close to the water’s edge with beautiful views as well as two fully electrified campsites, Leokop with 10 sites and Sandford with 21. Caravans can be accommodated as well.

The Ncandu Nature Reserve in the northern Drakensberg is managed as an extension to Chelmsford although it is 40km away. This reserve consists of steep, forested gorges divided by grassland plateaus, with trails that wind down through sandstone cliffs into yellowwood forests following the Ncandu river valley with beautiful waterfalls. Accommodation is provided in a 4-bed rustic mountain hut. It is well worth a visit.

Getting there: the reserve is on the Ladysmith-Newcastle road approximately 26km from Newcastle.

Tel: +27(0)34 351 1753, Email 

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