The route from Gauteng down through KwaZulu Natal is well worn. Johannesburg is the largest commercial centre in Africa and Durban the largest container port, so business links are natural. KwaZulu Natal’s coastline means that the route is also well trodden by tourists heading off on their holidays. The region itself was the scene of constant struggle throughout the 19th century, and many come purely to see this history.
One of the largest towns of the province is Newcastle, which has developed as one of the industrial hubs in the area. Whilst in the early days its commercial activity revolved purely around agriculture and livestock, the town diversified due to the nearby coal reserves found at the end of the 19th century.
The result is an important textile industry as well as steel, rubber, and manufacturing industries. Newcastle is the home of a chrome chemical plant that was built in collaboration with a German company. Newcastle is now the largest producer on the continent. This economic activity inevitably brings visitors to the town and has led to further service industries developing.
Accommodation in Newcastle KZN can cater to both the visitor and the holidaymaker. The Drakensberg Mountains lie to the west of the town and provide a chance to enjoy the natural beauty that South Africa has to offer. However, this is also a region where historians can tour the many heritage sites recognised by the National Heritage Resource Agency, where tourists can see the history of the European advance into the area and the British and the Boers fighting for dominance in two wars.
There are many famous names, few more so than the Battle of Spion Kop, which was a Boer victory, though the Boers were unable to sustain their advantage. The name has been used subsequently, none more famous than in the English Football Club, Liverpool, where the Kop is the most famous part of the ground. A kop is a hill; Spion Kop is literally a lookout hill, and its use illustrates the large and steep terrace in the ground.
If you head south towards Spion Kop but branch off left, you can go to see an equally famous battle site from a few years earlier in the war against the Zulus, Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. Newcastle is surrounded by the battlefields of South Africa, and they alone can take up a holiday of a couple of weeks. People who come purely to see them are likely to have a well-planned itinerary in place, but good hotels are always available to help out. At www.tsogosunhotels.com, you will get an idea of the type of accommodations you can find and book directly online if you wish.
It goes without saying that the cuisine and fine wines of the country are there to enjoy after a day of exploration while discussing the things you have seen and those on the schedule for the following day. After a truly memorable holiday, you are likely to spend more time finding out more about all you have seen and perhaps even return in the future.
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