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Talana Museum

  • R33, 2 km (1 mile) east of Dundee Map It
  • Dundee

Updated 11/07/2014

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The first-rate Talana Museum, set in an 8-hectare (20-acre) heritage park, on the outskirts of Dundee, is well worth a visit. Fascinating exhibits, spread over 17 buildings, 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 (Anglo-Boer) War. The museum stands on the site of the Battle of Talana (October 20,

1899), the opening skirmish in the 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, where Zulus, Brits, and Boers battled it out for territory and glory. Reenactments, living history, and special events are regular features.

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Sight Information


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

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034-212–2654; 034-212–2376


Sight Details:

  • R25 (cash only)
  • Weekdays 8–4:30, weekends and holidays 9-4:30

Updated 11/07/2014


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