In the famous Zululand area of KwaZulu Natal is a coal mining and cattle ranching town Vryheid.

The name “Vryheid” translates to “liberty” in English which came about the formation of the New Republic after Chief Dinuzulu was helped by the Boer to defeat another rival chief for the Kingship of the Zululand. Forming part of the Battlefields Route, Vryheid boasts several memorial sites that have now been declared national heritage sites which are worth seeing.There are several other historical buildings worth visiting and these include the Old Raadsaal, the Lucas Meyer House and the Dutch Reformed Church.

Vryheid is also popular with discerning birders as it serves as an entrance to the wetlands and nature reserves including the Vryheid Nature Reserve which are home to number of bird species. Just 2 kilometres outside the town, you will find the Klipfontein Bird Sanctuary and spending some time there is time well-spent. The area also a great scenic spot and you can enjoy the views as you hike through the reserves.

As for accommodation in Vryheid, there is no need to worry as the town is home to a fair amount of well-maintained guest houses, bed and breakfast and lodges. Vryheid accommodation is quaint and peaceful and you are guaranteed of a pleasant stay.

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