Only by understanding the past can we affect our future. Our team learns from archeological discoveries, the tales of community elders, traced maps, letters and artifacts and then pieces them together to form new pictures of the past and the consequences they have had.
Steeped in history
Nambiti is steeped in history, and there is much to learn from the events that have taken place there. The region has the highest concentration of Zulu and Boer war battlefields. On the borders of the Nambiti Private Game Reserve is where the real battles took place. Half an hour from Nambiti lie a number of the key battlefield sites.
We can take you on a battlefield tour to hear a historian’s take on the bloody conflicts between the British, Boers and Zulu that shaped the history of South Africa. KwaZulu-Natal famous Battlefields include The Battle of Elandslaagte, The Battle of Rorke’s Drift, The Battle of Isandlwana and The Siege of Ladysmith. Memorial sites provide fascinating but sobering opportunities to reflect in this beautiful region.
Peace, Love and Understanding
These three words encapsulate The Homestead’s ethos. It’s a haven of harmony created close to the rugged plains where battles once raged. The ruins on the site are sobering reminders of the region’s past, and we thought long and hard about what do with them. We chose to restore each ruin to reflect the sprit of each word.
Whereas some might have destroyed and glossed over evidence of the past, we think it’s vital to remember, reflect and repair. Acknowledging our past helps clarify our future. So in contrast to those wars, our first ruin is dedicated to peace. It’s been reborn as a serene studio to meditate and practise yoga.
Our second is devoted to love; the love of food, conversation and communion with others. It has been re-purposed as a beautiful private dining room.
Finally, understanding. Our third ruin has been converted into a History Room. With the help of old maps, letters and archaeological artefacts, you can find out about the Zulu and Boer War battles that took place nearby.