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BBI - Battlefields Backpackers International

BBI (Battlefields BP Intnl) self-catering accommodation in Dundee Kwazulu Natal

Description

There is a functional, well equipped kitchen for self-catering. The bathroom has a large shower, toilet and hand-basin and there is a separate toilet and hand-basin. There is always plenty of hot water.

We provide off-street parking, towels and bed linen and, at a nominal fee, laundry and internet/e-mail. Outside there is a "conversation fire-pit" and braai area where guests may socialise.

Both Moira and Evan are a source of information on the area having lived in Dundee for over 30 years. Evan, who is a well known registered tourist guide, offers tours at special prices for BBI guests to all the KZN Battlefields, game reserves and the Drakensberg as well as any other tours clients may request. In addition we are also able arrange hiking, birding and adventure tourism with other local specialists.

We have a cosy and comfortable lounge where guests may relax, read or put a few pieces in the jigsaw puzzle. Plenty of reading matter and brochures/flyers. We offer free onward bookings to the next establishment for guests. Our motto is: "The Friendliest Little Lodge in Town".

BBI is situated between Johannesburg and Durban, near historic battlefields, the Drakensberg & KZN Game Reserves and is only a 5 minute stroll from the Dundee Information Office.

 This friendly little Self-Catering/Backpackers Lodge is in the centre of Dundee in the heart of the KZN Battlefields midway between Joburg and Durban, Zululand/St Lucia Wetlands and the Drakensberg, Swaziland and Lesotho

Complimentary glass of wine or cool-drink on arrival. Lovely little lounge with plenty of reading matter and 'take-away' brochures and flyers.
Off-street parking; towels and bed linen provided; plenty of hot water; laundry and internet at a nominal fee.

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Attractions

Tours at special prices with Evan, military history specialist, registered tourist guide and badge number 27 of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (U.K), to Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift; other battlefields, Game Reserves and the Drakensberg as well as local Zulu Rural Cultural experiences

TOURS
Battlefield tours (e.g. Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift a la the film “Zulu”) at special prices for BBI guests, with Evan, a renowned and registered guide, who specialises in the battlefields.

PICK-UPS & DROP-OFFS
        Baz Bus in Winterton: R200.00 each way
                                                       Greyhound Coach - Fort Mistake: R100.00 each way; Ladysmith or Newcastle:R180.00 each way.

   Battlefields and Museums in our area    
 Isandlawana 
Isandlwana Battlefield and Museum - 22nd January 1879: Site of the biggest defeat suffered by the British in Africa in Victorian Colonial times. Isandlwana is arguably the most evocative battle site in South Africa. Hundreds of whitewashed stone cairns mark the last resting places of the troops killed there. Entrance fee payable. Open weekdays 8am - 4pm. Weekends and holidays 9am - 4pm. Tel.: 034-271 8165.
 
Victoria Cross
 Rorke's Drift Battlefield and Museum - 22nd January 1879: Immortalized by the Stanley Baker/ Michael Caine film "Zulu", the battle at the Swedish Mission Station of Rorke's Drift has become world famous. 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded to the defenders, with seven to the 24th Regiment (now Royal Regiment of Wales). Entrance fee payable. Open weekdays 8:00am to 4pm weekends and holidays 9am to 4pm — Tel.: 034-642 1687.
Coghill and Melvill Fugitives' Drift: The Fugitives' Trail follows the route along which a handful of survivors fled after the battle of Isandlwana. On this lonely hillside the two men responsible for saving the Queen's Colours, Lts. Coghill and Melvill lie buried. Guides are available to lead groups along the trail that is on private land. Alternatively you may drive to Fugitives' Drift Lodge and pay a fee at reception to view the site.
Blood river Blood River Battlefield - 16th December 1899: Here the Voortrekkers defeated a Zulu army on 16 December 1838. A replica laager (circle of wagons) of 64 wagons has been erected on the site of the battle. A commemorative wagon erected at the time of the centenary, in 1938, stands at the entrance. Interpretation centre, coffee shop and curio shop on site. Entrance fee payable. Open daily 8:00 - 16:30. Closed on Christmas Day. Phone 072 988 3544.
Graves at Talana Battle of Talana - 20th October 1899: This was the first major battle between the British and the Boers at the site of the Talana Museum. Walk and talk tapes are available as a self guided tour.
  Elandslaagte Battlefield - 21st October 1899: Memorials on the hills and two cemeteries record the battle fought here between the British and Boer forces.
Camp at Helpmekaar Helpmekaar - May 1900: The literal translation of the name of this village is "to help each other". This derives from the need for a double span of oxen to pull a heavily laden wagon to the top of the mountain pass. In many cases wagon drivers had to assist one another. This tiny village was the base camp for British troops in the Anglo Zulu War. The cemetery is a stark reminder of the loss of life in war.
  Site of the death of the Prince Imperial: A memorial marks the spot where Louis Napoleon, the Prince Imperial of France was killed on I June 1879. His body was returned to England for burial. Open daily. Donation requested.
 Talana Museum: Visit the Talana Museum for an experience with a difference. A living museum and cultural centre set in a 20 acre heritage park on the slopes of Talana hill, the scene of the first battle of the Anglo Boer War. The Talana creative Cluster is a new living culture section currently being developed. Visit the craftspeople at work and buy superbly crafted and unique items in The Museum Shop. Phone 034-2122654
Ncome museum Ncome Museum: Across the river from the Blood River site is Ncome museum. Built in the traditional bulls' horn attack formation of a Zulu impi (army), the displays depict the history and culture of the Zulu people and tell the story of the battle of 16 December 1838.An impressive display of metal replica Zulu shields is fixed to the exterior wall. Open daily 8:00am - 4.30pm. Donation requested. Phone (034)2718121.

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Accolades

3 Star:Tourism Council of SA Star Grading

Facilities

  • Lovely little lounge with comfortable seating, plenty of information and reading matter, “on-the-go” jigsaw puzzle and games
  • Outside “conversation” fire-pit and braai (barbecue) area
  • Safe off-street parking
  • Bedding, linen and towels
  • Laundry and internet/email at a nominal cost
Room Facilities 
  
Internet AccessAccess to the internet at main house.
 
non-SmokingSmoking is never permitted inside the building or lounge.
 
 
On Site Facilities 
  
Airport TransfersTransfers to and from airports - prices on request.
 
ChildrenChildren of all ages are welcome.
 
LaundryLaundry service available when staying 2 nights or more. Hand in at house by 08h30, returned by 17h00.
 
Secure  ParkingSecure parking is available on site. We have an automated gate.
 
Self CateringSelf Catering facilities include microwave, oven, mini-stove with oven, fridge with deep-freeze, cutlery, crockery and kitchen utensils. Braai (barbecue) available.
 
 
Local Facilities 
  
BarBar nearby at hotel.
 
BeautyBeauty salons nearby.
 
Game ViewingGame Viewing at nearby reserves (1 - 2 hours drive away)
 
Golf Course18 hole Golf Course nearby.
 
GymGym nearby
 
HikingHiking Trails in the Dundee area
 
Shopping/CuriosShopping and curios nearby.
 
ToursVarious local tours are available.
 
OtherNearby Talana Museum is situated on the site of the first battle of the Second Anglo/Boer conflict when Dundee was under siege for a while.
 
Contact Details:
Reservations
Tel: 086 127 6237
Int. Tel: +27 51 924 0585

Directions

From Ladysmith, Glencoe or Newcastle: Enter Dundee via "Karellandman Street". At first traffic light turn right into "Tatham Street." Drive over railway bridge with school playing fields on right. Turn left into "Beaconsfield Street" which is first street on left (school hostel on right) before speed bump. When you see the concrete palisade fence around the station in front of you, turn right into "Cuthbert Street" - we are last driveway gate on left before Victoria Street - concrete fence - top panel with rounded loops. From Vryheid, St Lucia or Empangeni: Carry on with the road from Vryheid to Dundee, passing Talana museum on the right, up into town you will be in "Victoria Street", which is the main street. Drive straight through town until you reach the traffic circle just after the Royal Hotel carry on over the railway bridge. Immediately after the bridge is a "serious" traffic hump with "Cornhill Street" on the left and golf street on the right go on straight until the next street which is "Cuthbert Street" turn right. We are the large house on the corner on your right as you turn - you will see a sign with BBI and an arrow on the corner the driveway is the first on the right.