Stand in the African sun on Talana battlefield, in northern Kwa-Zulu Natal, which once reverberated with the roar of cannon and the crash of musketry, as the first battle of the Anglo Boer began. It was not merely another war in South Africa's tapestry of conflict, but a major event that left a lasting legacy on our nation's evolution, development and modern history. Now the battlefield is silent. Lonely monuments, a quiet cemetery and a magnificent museum are reminders of the past.
A self guided historical hiking trail may be followed across the battlefield and up Talana hill to the remains of the gun emplacements, Boer cannon road and British forts on the top of the hill.
A re-enactment of the battle of Talana and other battles in the vicinity, takes place during the closest weekend to the anniversary of the battle in October each year.
In 1999 to commemorate the centenary of the Anglo Boer War, a Memorial Wall of Peace and Reconciliation was constructed in the museum grounds. Here, at Talana respect is paid to all those brave men and women of all races, who lost their lives in this conflict that shaped our country.
This memorial wall forms part of the Corobrik Boma. This shady recreational facility with built in braais and seating is regularly used by individuals, school and corporate groups.
Our history is displayed for your education and enjoyment, so come and join us as we remember our past, and the men and women who made it.
You are welcome to sit quietly on one of the many benches placed around the museum, absorb the serenity of our beautiful surroundings, or just admire the prolific birdlife and indigenous trees.