Ladysmith, set on the banks of the Klip River, almost halfway between Johannesburg and Durban is an ideal stop-over and serves as the gateway to the central and northern reaches of the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains. The peaks form an elegant backdrop to the town, particularly in winter when a light blanket of snow graces its pinnacles.
Ladysmith is a commercial centre for all the surrounding communities and has a past that is steeped in history.
The Qeduzi dam, which has lived up to its name of ‘suffering’ by flooding its banks on an annual basis for the past 150 years, lies about 4 km outside of Ladysmith.
Lady Juana Smith, Sir Harry Smith's Spanish wife, was one of the great beauties of Southern Africa. Two towns were named after her, and to distinguish between them the one in KwaZulu Natal is spelt Ladysmith, while the one in the little Karoo of the Western Cape is Ladismith.
Ladysmith made world headlines at the end of the 19th century when it was besieged for 118 days during the most crucial stage of the Anglo-Boer War.
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