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  • Quirky pub packed with Anglo-Boer War memorabilia
  • Elegant, comfortable accommodation on lush grounds
  • Numerous cultural attractions and active interests in the region

Buller's Rest Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Ladysmith KZN


-28.5494, 29.7658


Named after Sir Redvers Buller, who was supreme commander of the British force based in Natal at the inception of the Second Anglo-Boer War in 1899, Buller’s Rest is a comfortable country-style lodge that pays tribute to the massive influence the war had on the town of Ladysmith.

One of the lodge’s most endearing features is the Anglo Boer War pub, where guests will become engrossed in an arsenal of battlefield artefacts, old sketches and quirky memorabilia that paint a vivid picture of the war.

Housed in thatched buildings surrounded by leafy gardens, the guest rooms have a suitably nostalgic feel but are comfortably appointed with satellite televisions, wireless internet, hairdryers, heaters, fans, electric blankets and tea/coffee stations. Several have comfy seating areas, and the especially spacious luxury room has the addition of air conditioning. 

Accommodation has been designed to suit all travellers, with the choices ranging from two-sleeper standard rooms, to family rooms sleeping up to four people, and a cosy double room for guests on a budget. All of the double rooms have en-suite showers, while the luxury and family rooms have full en-suite bathrooms.

Outdoors, the pretty garden has plenty of relaxation areas - the majority of which have a lovely outlook over the town and onwards to the central Drakensberg mountains - and the swimming pool provides cooling refreshment on hot summer’s days. 

Although allowed to be as private as they wish, all guests are regarded as part of a family and are encouraged to sit together and mingle during mealtimes. The hearty home-cooked breakfast is a superb start to a day of relaxing at the lodge or exploring what Ladysmith has to offer.

The town’s rich history can be discovered at several monuments and museums in the town, or at one of the nearby battlefields, where the war is brought vividly to life. Just down the road, guests can play golf, squash and bowls at the Ladysmith Country Club, while nature lovers can visit the nearby Spionkop Nature Reserve or Nambithi Conservancy.

The majestic mountains of the Drakensberg are a mere half hour’s drive away, and guests planning to be out for the whole day can arrange a packed lunch. 

From Monday to Thursday, a delicious three course meal, accompanied by a complimentary glass of wine from the quaint cellar, is served by arrangement. Weekend guests can dine at one of several good restaurants nearby. 

Throughout their stay, guests will be sleep peacefully in the knowledge that the property provides secure, walled parking with CCTV cameras and is fully enclosed by electric fencing.

Rates & Summary

8 Standard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double, Queen, King or twin beds
En-suite shower

Family Suite

Sleeps 4 in Queen and twin beds
En-suite bath and shower

Family Room

Sleeps 4 in Queen and bunk beds
En-suite bath and shower

Luxury Room

Sleeps 4 in King-size and twin beds
En-suite bath and shower

Economy Room

Sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite shower


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Continental and English breakfast included
Room only option available
Packed lunches on request
Dinner or request from Monday to Thursday


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the historic town of Ladysmith, Buller’s Rest is an country-style lodge which offers comfortable accommodation, delicious food and a jovial atmosphere. Set under large trees, this thatched lodge has a homely colonial feel that pays homage to the Anglo Boer War, which played an important role in Ladysmith’s history. The Anglo Boer War pub is packed with fascinating battlefield memorabilia, while views of the Drakensberg mountains can be enjoyed from the sundeck.


  • Quirky pub packed with Anglo-Boer War memorabilia
  • Elegant, comfortable accommodation on lush grounds
  • Numerous cultural attractions and active interests in the region

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Museum pub
  • Nearby: battlefield tours, monuments, museums, game reserves, cheetah breeding project, reptile park, bird of prey centre, golf courses, squash, bowls, fishing, water sports, Drakensberg Mountains, hiking trails, hot air ballooning.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Licensed


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Office safe




Zululand & the Battlefields

KwaZulu Natal


It was from the bush and grassland of northern KwaZulu-Natal that the impis of King Shaka emerged, sweeping down onto the other tribes of the hinterland and eventually engaging the British forces and shaking the very roots of the Empire. At the height of its power, the Zulu nation covered 30 000km2, but 60 years after it was first formed, its reign was over. In those 60 years, the Zulus shaped the future of the country and were engaged in battles with the Boers and the British, but these were not the only bloody conflicts in the region. 

After the Zulu empire was broken, the English and the Boers fought for control of South Africa, with many battles taking place in Natal. While the best-known battles in the area are undoubtedly Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, as well as the siege of Ladysmith, there is fascinating history to be had at countless other ones. 

The beauty of the scenery clashes harshly with the devastating past, while the rough terrain makes one wonder how the machines of war were manhandled across the country, and how the Zulu impis managed to cover such vast distances in a single day, barefoot.

The regions of Zululand and the Battlefields merge together and are hard to separate, stretching from the northern and western KwaZulu-Natal borders to the towns of Ladysmith and Colenso in the south and towards the Elephant Coast in the east.

Zululand has managed to remain largely unaffected by industrial expansion and much of it remains farmland, timber plantations and rural wilderness, including beautiful Big-Five game reserves and grasslands. 

On the other hand there is the industrial hub of Richards Bay, the largest port in South Africa.

Tourism revolves around the natural beauty and diversity, as well as the haunting battlefields on which so many lost their lives and which are simply fascinating to visit, especially with a knowledgeable guide, of which there are a few.

Since this is the birthplace of the Zulu nation, it is also the place to come to grips with Zulu tradition, culture and history.

A number of cultural experiences exist, where tourists can become immersed in the local tradition and culture, learning a huge amount and enjoying themselves even more.

A few reserves in the region offer good game-viewing, from Weenen and Spioenkop in the south up to Ithala in the north. The diverse ecosystem means that hundreds of bird species are present, and a few notable bird-watching spots include the Dlinza and Ongoye forests, as well as the wetlands of Richards Bay.

An area as large and diverse will always have an almost endless array of attractions, and Zululand and the Battlefields are no different, from fishing in Richards Bay to horse-riding, mountain-biking, game-viewing and bird-watching. There is even a brewery to lighten the spirits when the history gets a little heavy.

Look out for

Zululand Brewery in Eshowe is a great place to pop in for a relaxing Zulu Blonde Export Ale, a beer that has won awards and rave reviews internationally. While you’re sitting at The Happy George Bar, ask around for recommendations on what’s new to do in the area.

The Dlinza and Ongoye Forests are serious birding hotspots and both are easily accessible. In fact, the Dlinza aerial boardwalk is something that even non-birders will enjoy and appreciate.

Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift are the two seminal battlefields in the Battlefields tour and are both intensely fascinating and moving. A good guide is invaluable in bringing them to life. Ulundi and Blood River are also well worth visiting, giving different insights into the bloodshed that shaped this land.

Take a hike up Majuba or Spioenkop mountains, both of which offer sensational views in addition to stirring battlefield history. The historic O’Neills cottage, where a peace treaty was signed to end the first Anglo-War, lies at the base of Majuba.

The majestic Ithala Game Reserve in the very north of KwaZulu-Natal offers good game-viewing and bird-watching, as well as epic scenery of mountains and valleys. While there is a variety of accommodation, the pick of it is undoubtedly the bush camps that can be booked out for your group.

Every year the Zulu nation holds the Reed Ceremony near the eNyokeni Royal residence in Nongoma north of Melmoth, thousands of maidens gathering to pay their respect to their king. This happens in spring and visitors from all over the world come to watch the women dance and sing to King Goodwill Zwelithini in his ceremonial regalia.

The eMakhosini Ophate Heritage Park should not be missed by anyone with a sense of history. It is the birthplace of the Zulu clan and what is known as the Valley of the Kings. The Spirit of eMakhosini memorial and an educational multimedia centre are worth a visit, and there is also game, including the rare oribi antelope and black rhino.

Immerse yourself in the Zulu culture at a place like Shakaland and watch Zulu dancing, ask a sangoma (witch doctor) for his sage advice, sample traditional Zulu beer, listen to singing and perhaps try out a few simple phrases for yourself. Arts and crafts are also on sale and make wonderful gifts and souvenirs.

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