Dundee
Close to the ground.

GPS: S 28 09.737 E 030 14.262| pop. 30,000 | elevation 1,250 m/4,101 ft

Dundee was quite the place back in the day when its coal mining, brickmaking and glass production were thriving industries. Today all of those industries are defunct, and there isn’t too much to do within the town itself besides visiting the quality Talana Museum and Heritage Park. However, the town is well situated as a base from which to explore the region’s rich battlefield history. With Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana roughly 80 km away, there are many registered battlefield guides in town that will happily take you on a historical tour of the area.

Talana Museum & Heritage Park

Talana Museum & Heritage Park, an impressive museum totaling 17 buildings, is located on the site of the 1899 battle of Talana. On the grounds is an 1859 cottage of the founder of Dundee, a Gandhi memorial, and a cemetery, while museum exhibits detail the history of regional battles, and of local industries including coal, clay, glass and rail transportation. There is also a gift shop and the good Miners Rest Restaurant onsite.


Tours

Johann Hamman Tour Guide

Johann Hamman is a provincial tour guide and a military history enthusiast who is well acquainted with the surrounding battlefields and related history.


King Edwards Street

King Edwards Street is a one-block-long downtown road lined with retail shops and a Spar.


Pick 'n Pay Center

Pick 'n Pay Center is located just outside of town with Pick 'n Pay, Woolworths, and a few banks and fast food restaurants.


BBI / Dundee Backpackers

BBI / Dundee Backpackers is a small backpackers located in a side house with three rooms, a self-catering kitchen and a lounge. Owner Evan is happy to point you in the right direction and also offers guided battlefield tours in the surrounding area. All guests are welcomed with a free beer upon check-in.


Royal Country Inn

Royal Country Inn is the town's most well known hotel with sections of the building dating back to 1886. The building still has its original hardwood floors, oak furniture, wrought iron fixtures and pressed tin ceilings. Each of the well-outfitted 26 rooms has a unique layout and design. There is a large common room, a restaurant, a library and a bar that is filled with battle history and memorabilia.


Lennox Cottages

Lennox Cottages is a 12-room luxury guest house located on a country farm with a game farm in the large back field that includes eland, kudu, giraffe and zebra. Succulent evening meals are prepared, with advanced notice, by host and chef, Salomè. To get there from Dundee, head east out of town on Victoria Rd/R33 about 5 km, then take a right onto Melmoth/Ulundi Rd/R68 for about 200m then turn right onto D108. Continue about 1 km on the D108. Lennox is located about 50m past the railway crossing.


Royal Country Inn Restaurant & Pub

Royal Country Inn Restaurant & Pub serves up the best meals in town including lamb curry and schnitzel. Guests can dine in or under the trees in the courtyard. The battlefield bar is a charming English pub filled with battle memorabilia, pub food and good beer.


Miners Rest Restaurant

Miners Rest Restaurant is located in the Talana Museum Park and serves up breakfast, light meals and homemade dishes such as Cornish pastries, and bacon and cheese quiche. They serve a popular breakfast buffet on Sunday mornings (R80).


Cleo's Bar & Restaurant

Cleo's Bar & Restaurant is a local's watering hole downtown with a big screen TV for rugby games. They serve pub fare most evenings, and happy hour is from 5pm-6pm.


Royal Country Inn Restaurant & Pub

Royal Country Inn Restaurant & Pub serves up the best meals in town including lamb curry and schnitzel. Guests can dine in or under the trees in the courtyard. The battlefield bar is a charming English pub filled with battle memorabilia, pub food and good beer.


Miners Rest Restaurant

Miners Rest Restaurant is located in the Talana Museum Park and serves up breakfast, light meals and homemade dishes such as Cornish pastries, and bacon and cheese quiche. They serve a popular breakfast buffet on Sunday mornings (R80).


Cleo's Bar & Restaurant

Cleo's Bar & Restaurant is a local's watering hole downtown with a big screen TV for rugby games. They serve pub fare most evenings, and happy hour is from 5pm-6pm.