Utrecht was prominent during the Anglo- Zulu War of 1879, when for several weeks it served as British HQ for both Commander-in-Chief Lord Chelmsford and Colonel Evelyn Woods' famous 'Flying Column'. The house in which Prince Louis Napoleon is said to have visited the daughter of Swart Dirk Uys is today an important tourist attraction.
Utrecht is uniquely situated within a game park - animals roam into town at night!
Monuments, Memorials & Museums
The Dutch Reformed Church:
A national monument built in sandstone with Oregon eaves and pews.
Landdrost, Pos en Telegraafkantoor:
Erected in 1892, it is a national monument. Besides the period rooms, the museum portrays the border dispute between the Transvaal and Zululand.
A national monument erected in 1892. It is also Utrecht's museum.
The last resting place of well-known Voortrekkers and British Soldiers.
Memorial to Captin Leo Pokrowsky:
Tribute to a Pole who fought with the Burghers in the Anglo Boer War.
Petrus Lafras Uys Monument:
Commemorating a well known hero of the Zulu wars.
Other Cultural Attractions
Also built of sandstone in 1899
Old Republican Powder House:
Erected in 1893, it is one of three similar structures built by the Transvaal Republic.
Sandstone Section of the Old Goal:
One of the two remaining sections of goals of the ZAR (before 1900), still in existence
Uys House, Rothman House and Shawe House:
Considered to be some of the finest examples of colonial residential architectures in rural KwaZulu Natal.
Built with sand-stone during the period 1860-1865.
A game park consisting of approximately 15000 hectares. Situated in the beautiful Balele Mountains. Variety of game like zebra, giraffe, a variety of antelope, baboons, monkeys etc. but not the big five. Accommodation: wooden cottages/ chalets built over the dam. Tel: (034) 331 3613, Fax: (034) 331 4312. Postal Address: P.O. Box 11, Utrecht, 2980
Hiking and Walking Trails
Enhlanzeni Valley Trail:
Enhlanzeni Valley, Utrecht 2-day, 25 kms (Moderate). The trail follows the Dorpspruit river. Overnight at the Weltevreden farmhouse and the valley huts. The trail features waterfalls, bird life and a spectacular valley.
Balele Waterfall Trail
Enhlanzeni Valley, Utrecht. 3-day, 25kms (moderate - severe). This follows a circular route starting and ending at the old Utrecht mine house. Second night stay is in a traditional African hut.
Entabeni Hiking Trails:
Waaihoek and Groothoek Farms, Utrecht. 5kms, 8kms and 10kms (easy- moderate). Three trails stretch over beautiful valleys, mountain streams, indigenous forests and a panoramic view of the Balele mountains. There is a large variety of flora, bird life and small game.
Balele Mountain Lodge......017-730 0418
Das Forellenparadies.......... 034-331 3343
Pivaan River Lodge............034-331 4440
Pivaansrust Wetland Reserve... 083 282 5675
Waterloo Farm.................034-331 4440