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  • Lush tranquil estate set in the rolling hill country of KwaZulu Natal
  • High level of service, quality food and elegant rooms for a sumptuous stay
  • Lots of attractions and activities in the region

Nauntons Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

5km from Ladysmith KZN


-28.5218, 29.814


The grand thatched house that is Nauntons is situated on a sprawling estate just outside Ladysmith, and boasts classic styling accentuated by all the modern comforts needed for a comfortable, tranquil stay in the countryside. Visitors will be welcomed to the guest house by lush green gardens, and, from the first warm greeting to the final departure, can expect professional levels of service from the helpful staff.

Run with pride by the owners, the guest house offers a variety of rooms to accommodate everyone from couples to families, businessmen, and overnight travellers. The offerings range from cosy double and twin rooms, to more opulent spaces with King-size beds, with the full gamut of bathroom configurations available. Guests have a choice between superior, deluxe, standard and corporate rooms, catering to every budget, while two family rooms can accommodate either three or four guests. Each of the air-conditioned rooms are fitted with conveniences such as satellite televisions, free wireless internet and the highest quality percale linen.

A particularly comprehensive range of teas and filter coffees ensures that all guests will find something to suit their taste buds. Guests can also grab a complimentary bottle of water from the bar fridges before embarking on their daily activities. Outside, the sweeping lawns, swimming pool and braai facilities offer plenty of enjoyment for both kids and adults, while guests of all ages will also appreciate the indoor facilities, which include a large lounge with a home theatre system, a cocktail lounge with honesty bar, and a fireplace. The guest house prides itself on the quality of its cuisine, serving up delicious breakfasts in the morning and, on request, delectable three course dinners that can be tailored to suit special dietary requirements.

After breakfast, guests can relax around the swimming pool or fill their days by visiting the attractions in and around Ladysmith. The town itself is rich with history, playing an important part in the Anglo Boer War, and there are a multitude of interesting buildings, monuments and museums to visit. To get a more intimate taste of the war, visitors can go on a tour of the famous Spion Kop battlefield, where the British were defeated by the Boers in one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war. Those with a passion for the great outdoors should pay a visit to one of the nearby game reserves or the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, where activities such as golf, hiking, ballooning and fly fishing are all on the cards.

To get up close and personal with some of South Africa’s wildlife, take a trip to the cheetah breeding project at Nambiti Private Game Reserve, or head to the bird of prey centre and reptile park. The guest house is a cosy haven to return to after a busy day, and when you rest your head on the comfy pillows, you can feel safe in the knowledge that there is 24 hour security on the premises.

Rates & Summary

2 Deluxe Queen Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower or shower only

2 Family Rooms

Deluxe room sleeps 4 in Queen and single beds
Superior room sleeps 3 in Queen and single bed
En-suite shower

Standard Double Room

Sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite shower

2 Superior Rooms

Double room sleeps 2 in double bed
King room sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite shower

2 Corporate Rooms

Triple room sleeps 3 in single beds
King room sleeps 3 in King-size and single bed
En-suite bath and shower or shower only

Twin Smoking Room

Sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite shower
Smoking permitted in room


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Continental and English breakfast included
Three course dinner on request


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Nauntons Guest House is located just outside the historical town of Ladysmith and offers comfortable accommodation in a variety of classically styled guest rooms. Nauntons prides itself on high levels of service, flexible accommodation and quality cuisine. Guests have free use of a huge living area with a home theatre system, and on hot days can take a plunge into the swimming pool.


  • Lush tranquil estate set in the rolling hill country of KwaZulu Natal
  • High level of service, quality food and elegant rooms for a sumptuous stay
  • Lots of attractions and activities 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

The short gravel approach road is in good condition and suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Braai facilities
  • Nearby: game reserves, cheetah breeding project, reptile park, bird of prey centre, golf courses, fishing, water sports, Drakensberg Mountains, hiking trails, hot air ballooning, battlefield tours, historical attractions, museums.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar


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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

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


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • 24 hour security




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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