Weenen - Midlands & Battlefields, KwaZulu Natal, is situated along the banks of the Bushman's River in the heart of the Midlands & Battlefields, between Greytown and Colenso, and almost due North-East of Estcourt.
The small farming town of Weenen, the second oldest European settlement in KwaZulu-Natal, got its name from the Dutch language meaning 'place of weeping', and is named Weenen in memory of the 1838 Voortrekker massacre. Within a year the Battle of Blood River followed, and many of the battles that today typify the KwaZulu Natal, Midlands & Battlefields took place around Weenen.
Because of its long history, the little town of Weenen is full of historical buildings, including the Weenen Voortrekker Homestead Museum and other classic examples of the time. For overnight accommodation in Weenen, you'll find the Owl and Elephant Lodge - Weenen Bed & Breakfast accommodation, close to the Midlands & Battlefields route, the Ladysmith Battlefields route, and the Drakensberg & Surroundings being only an hour or so drive away from Weenen. If you fail to find suitable B&B accommodation in Weenen, or in the case of larger families, Weenen Self Catering accommodation options, then Where to Stay will be able to assist with nearby Estcourt accommodation, Mooi River accommodation and Ladysmith accommodation.
The nearby 5,000ha Weenen Game Reserve allows visitors to enjoy extensive viewing of rhino, giraffe, hyena, jackal, bushbuck, reedbuck, steenbok and porcupine. There are also more than 251 recorded bird species, which can be viewed from two hides overlooking a dam. Through the tree-peppered thorn-veld of the Weenen Game Reserve, the Bushmans River flows through a spectacular gorge. The 30km stretch of river known as 'The Canyon', provides some of the most thrilling Weenen white water rafting in the country. Other activities in the Weenen Game Reserve area include abseiling and Weenen 4x4 trails, horse riding, fishing and rock climbing. See the Where to Stay Weenen website page for info on the Zingela Safari & River Company, who will facilitate your outdoor adventure ... it doesn't get better than this!
How to get to Weenen through the Midlands & Battlefields, KwaZulu Natal
Travel time between Durban, KwaZulu Natal and Weenen is approximately three hours on the N3 highway past Pietermaritzburg. If you have the time, a stopover in Howick along the Midlands Meander route is very popular. For overnighters, Howick Bed & Breakfast accommodation is in abundance.
From Howick it's just 35 minutes on the N3 to Mooi River (37.2km south of Weenen), and if you didn't make a stopover in Howick, Mooi River accommodation options are plentiful. Mooi River Self Catering accommodation, and Mooi River Guest Lodges are often situated on 'horse breeding territory', and Mooi River accommodation would be an advantage for guests who intend touring the Midlands & Battlefields, and use Mooi River as a base camp.
35kms north of Mooi River you'll come to Estcourt accommodation, (2hrs from Durban, and 40min from Weenen), which is also a close-by alternative to Weenen accommodation. Here you'll find beautiful rustic Estcourt Bush Lodge accommodation, as well as elegant Estcourt Bed & Breakfast accommodation.
If you're travelling from the north via Harrismith, you'll pass by Ladysmith - 40.6km north west of Weenen, which marks the starting point of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands & Battlefields route. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the various Ladysmith accommodation options, as there is plenty of very reasonable star graded Ladysmith Bed & Breakfast accommodation, as well as fabulous world class Ladysmith Private Game Reserve accommodation.
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It is our mission to search for, and recruit a wide selection of suitable Weenen accommodation, particularly the more popular categories such as Weenen Bed and Breakfast accommodation, Weenen Self Catering accommodation, Weenen Guest House accommodation, and other Weenen lodges such as Self Catering Cottages in Weenen, and Weenen Hotels.
We strive to present a mixture of upmarket Weenen accommodation, and affordable accommodation (to suit all pockets and tastes), especially for Self Catering accommodation in Weenen, which is a category more geared for family holiday accommodation in Weenen. Weenen Hotels should be considered for business or holiday accommodation in Weenen (or in towns near Weenen).
Suitable Weenen accommodation can also be found in nearby towns such as : Howick, Mooi River, Estcourt and Ladysmith
We recommend that, if in doubt about accommodation quality, and to put your mind at ease, you should consider Star Graded accommodation in Weenen, whether it be Star Graded Self Catering Weenen accommodation, or Star Graded Weenen Bed and Breakfast accommodation. See Where to Stay for our Star Graded Weenen accommodation page.
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