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Durban and KwaZulu-Natal Sights

Talana Museum

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The first-rate Talana Museum, set in a 20-acre heritage park, on the outskirts of Dundee, encompasses 10 buildings. Fascinating exhibits trace the history of the area, from the early San hunter-gatherers to the rise of the Zulu nation, the extermination of the cannibal tribes of the Biggarsberg, and, finally, the vicious battles of the South African War. The museum stands on the site of the Battle of Talana (October 20, 1899), the opening skirmish in the South African

War, and two of the museum buildings were used by the British as medical stations during the battle. The military museum here is an excellent starting point for the Battlefields Route, along which you follow in the footsteps of the Zulus, Brits, and Boers as they battled it out for territory and glory.

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Sight Information


R33, 2 km (1 mi) east of Dundee, Dundee, 3000, South Africa




Sight Details:

  • R15
  • Weekdays 8–4, weekdays 10–4


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