Property in Estcourt situated in the Kwazulu Natal province of South Africa
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Property in Estcourt are for people looking for a relaxed life style or those interested in the holiday and tourist industry. Estcourt is situated in the KwaZulu Natal province of south Africa and serves as the gateway to the Central Drakensberg region. Estcourt's industrial activities center around livestock and meat products.
In the pioneer days when the road to the north was simply a rough wagon track, a fort was erected on a hill over the Bushman's river. This fort was first occupied in 1847 and is reputedly haunted by the numerous ghosts. The Estcourt fort was designed as a substantial stronghold, and built to protect transport riders and the herds of cattle driven across the ford. It was as secure as any castle with drinking water tanks in the basement, a drawbridge, moat and two secret tunnels. A trading station, blacksmith and inn were established under the protection of the garrison and in 1863 it was decided to call the village Estcourt in honour of Thomas Estcourt, an English parliamentarian who sponsored the immigration of settlers into the area.
Hiking trails in the Estcourt area lead to destinations such as Giant's Castle in the Drakensberg Mountain range and will take you past San caves and a site museum. The Wagondrift Dam Public Resort offers fishing and water sport opportunities.
Estcourt Anglo-Boer War battle sites include the Brynbella-Willow Grange. Veglaager ("Battle Laager") is the site of a battle between the Boers and Zulus in 1838. Bloukrans Memorial marks the site where Voortrekker families were killed after the murder of their leader, Piet Retief. Winston Churchill was captured by the Boers at Chievely in 1899. A memorial marks the site of the engagement during which he was captured.
There are various nature reserves in the area of Estcourt. New Formosa Nature Reserve is excellent for game viewing. Moor Park Nature Reserve offers interesting trails and bird watching. Four of the Big Five can be seen at the Weenen Game Reserve and Thukela Biosphere , which offers guided trails, horse trails and day and night drives. Giant's Castle Game Reserve in the Drakensberg, west of Estcourt, includes the magnificent Giant's Castle Peak. The reserve is home to twelve different species of antelope, jackal, baboon and the lammergeyer, which is the largest eagle on the continent.
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