The town of Newcastle is steeped in history and delivers spectacular natural beauty. The perfect place to explore for history lovers with the many battlegrounds and historical sites in the area. There are plenty of hidden gems to discover. Read on and find something interesting to do the next time you’re in Newcastle.
Visit old battlegrounds
History buffs and anyone curious about the complicated history of the Natal region will delight in the number of historical sights and old battlefields that can be visited in the Newcastle region. The Battlefields Route of KwaZulu-Natal now extends North, South, and East of Newcastle. This route includes landmarks, museums, and battlefields of the Anglo Zulu War of 1879, the Transvaal War of Independence of 1880-1881, and The South African/Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. Explore Fort Amiel, Newcastle Town Hall & Armoury, and The Talana Museum.
Enjoy a meal at Jackson Brown
This spectacular restaurant is a real treat set in a breathtaking landscape. Feast on exquisite cuisine made with passion by their talented chef’s team. As you wine and dine you can enjoy gorgeous views of the Drakensberg, and luscious sea of green that makes up this breathtaking landscape. Make sure to work up an appetite before you enjoy Jackson Brown’s hearty, country-inspired cuisine.
Hike in Ncandu State Forest Nature Reserve
Break a sweat and get some fresh air on a fantastic hike through Ncandu State Forest Nature Reserve. The reserve contains the second biggest indigenous forest in KwaZulu-Natal. Showcasing yellowwood gorges and grassy plains it is the perfect place for birding. Explore the park’s many trails and its majestic waterfalls. There’s nothing better than spending some time outdoors and appreciating the natural beauty of this amazing corner of South Africa.
Golfing at ANEW Resort Vulintaba
With multiple highly rated golf courses throughout the Newcastle area, visitors are in for a treat. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the both the Newcastle Golf Course and Kilbarchan Golf Course, as well as ANEW Resort Vulintaba’s very own 9-hole course. These world-class courses are set within the beautiful landscape of Newcastle and all have highly-rated clubs where visitors can enjoy a meal and an ice-cold drink.
Biggasberg Horse Trails
For an outdoor adventure visit Biggarsberg Trails. Perfect for both beginner and experienced horse riders, visitors can enjoy the excitement of horseback riding while appreciating the stunning natural beauty of Larksend Farm. This protected area showcases a variety of different birdlife and other wildlife. An exciting activity for both couples and families.