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San Bushman Paintings: The San people lived in this area 2000 - 4000 years ago. Evidence
of their life here is found on rock shelters and caves, where their art has remained
to this day. Specialist tourist guides take visitors to view these sites.
Iron Age Smelting Sites: Iron age smelting sites exist in the Dundee/Glencoe area.
Arrangements can be made to visit the sites.
Valley of the Cannibals: From Rorke's Drift via Elandskraal to Helpmekaar, you travel
through exceptionally scenic valleys. In the early 1800's tribes who fled from the
growing Zulu nation took refuge in these hills and turned to cannibalism for survival.
Large groups under the leadership of Hlupalule lived in caves in these valleys. Guided
tours can be arranged to view the Cannibal Caves, Cannibal Rock and pantry.
Elandskraal Church and Annual Fete: In the tiny village of Elandskraal is a beautiful
stone church built by German missionaries, who settled in the valley in the 1850's.
This church is the heart of the German community in this valley and an annual fete
is held on the first Saturday of June. Traditional German food, crafts and entertainment
ensure that this is an event not to be missed.
Maria Ratschitz - Wasbank valley: The monastery and church were founded and built
by the Trappist Monks. The mission was started in 1890. Between 1905 and 1909 the
church was built and dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady. It was in constant
use until the 1970's. Slowly in slid into decline. In 1997 restoration was begun
and dedicated workmen have restored the buildings to their former glory. A nursing
order of nuns manage an aids hospice in some of the original buildings. Religious retreats
may also be taken here.
Gandhi Memorial - Talana Museum: In the gardens of the museum is a memorial to the
21 years Gandhi spent in South Africa.This has at times been referred to as part
of his "apprenticeship" as a mahatma. Gandhi passed through Glencoe on his way to
lead the peaceful protest march for Indian Civil Rights from Newcastle to the Transvaal
Karel Landman House - Glencoe valley: This simple home was built by Karel Landman
who was second in command at the battle of Blood River. The cottage is on the privately
owned farm called Uirhoek and arrangements can be made with the owners Carl and Barbara
Simpson to unlock the house for viewing. Tel.: 034 - 393 1692
Site of the Vow - Wasbank valley: On the banks of the Wasbank river, below Indumeni
Mountain the Voortrekkers made a Vow that it God granted them victory in the forthcoming
battle with the Zulu forces they would hold the day sacred and build a church in
His memory (the church of the Vow in Pietermaritzburg). A public holiday on 16 December (Day
of Reconciliation) recalls the battle of Blood River/Ncome. On the right side of
the road just before the Wasbank river bridge a stone plinth indicates the site.
Wenkommando Pass: The road from Wasbank to Dundee, up and over Indumeni Mountain,
follows the route of the Voortrekker Wenkommando (Victorious commando) on their way
through this area to fight the battle against the Zulu's on the banks of the Ncome
river. As you reach the crest of this scenic pass you can look back down into the
Wasbank valley and ahead into the Dundee and Glencoe valley. A memorial on the farm boundary
on the crest of the pass (on the west side of the road ). commemorates the Voortrekker
struggle to haul their wagons to the top of the mountain. They called this the "Mud
Mountains", as a result of the large rocks and quantities of mud with which they
had to contend.
Orange Grove Dairy - Dundee: This dairy has the largest Jersey stud herd in the country.
Visits by prior arrangement 034 - 212 1144 e-mail: email@example.com
Contact Tourism Dundee (034) 212 2121 X2262 or Talana Museum (034) 212 2654 for the
names of our registered tour guides.