The 60-sq-km Spioenkop Nature Reserve is based on the Spioenkop Dam, on the Tugela River. The reserve is handy for most of the area’s battlefield sites and not too far from the Drakensberg for day trips into the range. Animals include zebras, white rhinos, giraffes, various antelope species and over 290 bird species.
There are two driving tracks, both quite short – the dam is huge but you only access a small part of the shoreline as a visitor. You can even head out among the wildlife at a vulture hide, or on horse-riding trips and guided walks. There’s a lovely stroll through aloe plants and woodlands.