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  • Great base to explore the historic Anglo-Zulu battlefields
  • Pastoral tranquility of a working farm
  • Numerous outdoor pursuits to enjoy, as well as the cultural explorations

Sneezewood B&B

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 10 years and older

5km from Dundee

 

-28.195, 30.1964

About

After living on their lovely farm outside Dundee for several years, owners Paul and Karen decided to share their tranquil way of life with the world by establishing a guesthouse.

The accommodation fits beautifully into its serene pastoral setting, mixing countryside charm with upmarket contemporary fittings. Guests will be charmed by the wooden furniture, patterned throws and interesting headboards in the rooms, and impressed by their modern comfort.

Three rooms have Queen-size beds, with two containing an en-suite shower and the third a bath. Catering to both cosy couples and friends, two of the three King rooms can have their spacious beds replaced by twins and have soothing showers. Ideal for honeymooners, the third King room is particularly spacious.

The patios look out onto the gardens, so keep an eye out for birds flitting around in the greenery. Guests staying in the rooms will enjoy a continental and cooked breakfast in the very elegant dining room, which interestingly places plush, white modern chairs around quaint country-style tables.

Lunch and dinner are available when booked in advance, and guests can also take an easy drive to one of the restaurants in Dundee. The guesthouse can arrange packed breakfasts and delicious picnic lunches for guests spending the day out and about.

A short way from the main house, self-catering guests can enjoy the privacy of a spacious cottage with a full en-suite King bedroom and a twin room with en-suite shower.

An open-plan lounge, sitting area and well-equipped kitchen ensure a comfortable stay ideal for anyone who values complete independence.

All the rooms come with climate control, satellite television, wireless internet, safes and hair dryers. During winter, guests can cuddle up under electric blankets beneath the fine percale linen.

Evenings and cool days can also be spent in the warmth of the guesthouse’s cosy modern lounge, but the weather in Dundee is more often balmy than cold, so a walk around the farm is almost always possible. Here you can watch the lambs in the fields, or simply soak up the scenery.

The guesthouse is perfectly situated for visits to some of the country’s most famous battlefields, where the dramatic clashes between the British soldiers and Zulu warriors can be vividly relived. Dundee has an interesting museum and historical buildings, while outdoor enthusiasts can go fishing, play golf or go on a guided game drive, quad-bike ride or walk in the game reserve.  

Information booklets in your room, along with helpful advice from the Sneezewood staff, will guide you to all the attractions, while bookings can be made on your behalf.

Rates & Summary


3 Queen Rooms

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

2 King/Twin Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin bed
En-suite shower

1 King Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite shower

Two-bedroom Cottage (self-catering)

Sleeps 4 in King and twin bedrooms
King room has en-suite bath and shower
Twin room has en-suite shower
Open-plan lounge and kitchen
Patio

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and cooked breakfast included
Dinners and packed lunches are available

Kids

Children 10 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Sneezewood is a comfortable bed-and-breakfast situated on a working farm five kilometres from Dundee, close to the historic Anglo-Zulu battlefields. Guests are accommodated in six luxurious en-suite rooms opening onto the garden, and one self-catering cottage. From homely but contemporary rooms to a tranquil farm atmosphere, Sneezewood offers a classy countryside experience to guests looking for peace and quiet. The guest house is conveniently situated to explore the Anglo-Zulu battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal.

Summary

  • Great base to explore the historic Anglo-Zulu battlefields
  • Pastoral tranquility of a working farm
  • Numerous outdoor pursuits to enjoy, as well as the cultural explorations

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

Nearby: battlefield tours, museums, historical attractions, fishing, golf, game viewing.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric blanket included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Licensed

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

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

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Zululand & the Battlefields

KwaZulu Natal

About

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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