Ladysmith is a city in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa at the foot of the Drakensberg mountains.

For other places with the same name, see Ladysmith (disambiguation).



Famous people show up in the most unexpected places

Sir Winston Churchill was reporter for the London Morning Post in Ladysmith at the time of the siege and Mohandas Gandhi was a stretcher bearer for the British Forces after the siege.

The Anglo Boer War dominates recorded history in this area. On October 30, 1899 (Mournful Monday), Boer forces started a siege on the town after British troops retreated there following their defeat at the Battle of Modderstroom. The siege lasted 118 days before British reinforcements arrived and were able to put an end to it.

Sir Winston Churchill gives a good account of the siege (as well as the Anglo Boer War in general) in his book London to Ladysmith via Pretoria.

Get in

By car

Follow the N11 from the N3 for about 20km.


Soofie Mosque
Platrand Monument




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