Magersfontein War Museum & Battlefield in Sol Plaatje Rural, Northern Cape
The Magersfontein War Museum and Battlefield is situated about 31.5 km outside Kimberley in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa.
The Museum was renovated with an excellent audio visual display allowing the visitor to experience the battle, as guns fire in the background and to watch the battle take place right before their eyes in a reconstructed trench.
The Museum has examples of uniforms and a selection of guns used by both the British and Boer soldiers. The tours of the battlefield are taken with experienced and knowledgeable guides who add much value to the site. A trip to Kimberley is not complete without a visit to this historic venue.
Things to do and see
- Guided Tour (by appointment only)
- Observation Post overlooking the Battlefield
- Boer Graves on the Battlefield
- Replicated guns on the Battlefield
- Burgher Monument
- Audio Visual Account of the Battle
- Reconstructed Boer Trenches
- Wheelchair friendly
- Kimberley Ghost Trail
The Magersfontein Battle between the British and the Boers, led by General P.J. Cronje, took place on 11 December 1899. The Boers had dug trenches at the base of the hills and fired on the advancing British troops who believed they were camped on the slops instead. Troops who survived the onslaught of fire from the Boers were trapped on the battlefield in the heat of the day and many died from sunstroke and exposure. The Boers were victorious and over 200 British were killed in the battle.
Monday to Sunday, 08h00 - 17h00
Closed on Good Friday & Christmas Day
An admission fee is charged. Please contact the museum directly to confirm prices.
Kimberley experiences rainfall mainly in the summer months with the highest occurring in February and March.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 17˚C and 32˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 17˚C.
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