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    The area is called Port Durnford and is on the northern side of the Mlalazi river at Mtunzini. It is from here that the Zulu King Cetswayo was escorted onto the ship "Natal" when he was captured after the Zulu war of 1879.
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    Is there anything resembling a harbour or breakwater there that facilitated getting to the shore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian.McM View Post
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    Is there anything resembling a harbour or breakwater there that facilitated getting to the shore?
    No Ian, nothing, just the mouth of the Mlalazi which is always shallow.

    After the English defeat at Isandhlwana, Sir Garnet Wolseley was appointed to "take over" the campaign from Lord Chelmsford, Woleseley tried to land at Port Durnford but had to scrap the idea as the surf was too heavy. They had to sail to Durban which meant he got to Ulundi after the final battle, allowing Chelmsford to save some face after the great loss.
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    Cattle, Ulundi.
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    White Mfolozi River, between Vryheid and Ulundi. Crappy cellphone pic unfortunately.
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    White Mfolozi River, between Vryheid and Ulundi. Crappy cellphone pic unfortunately.
    Some lovely views up and down the river from that road, especially from the high level bridge near Denny Dalton.

    Thanks for the reminder, Riaan.

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    Thanks for the pics, what an awesome thread. I grew up in the Itala river valley. Went to school in vryheid. My heart is still in the valley's and hills of zululand. Also did all the battlefields a few years ago, if you don't mind, I would love to add a crappy cell phone pic or two of the river on your thread! Great thread! Ngiyabonga
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian.McM View Post
    Some lovely views up and down the river from that road, especially from the high level bridge near Denny Dalton.

    Thanks for the reminder, Riaan.
    Ian, do you know the story about Denny Dalton and that the ruins from the mine are still visible in places?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Natal Navara Guy View Post
    Thanks for the pics, what an awesome thread. I grew up in the Itala river valley. Went to school in vryheid. My heart is still in the valley's and hills of zululand. Also did all the battlefields a few years ago, if you don't mind, I would love to add a crappy cell phone pic or two of the river on your thread! Great thread! Ngiyabonga
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    White Mfolozi river, between Ulundi and Vryheid.
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    Between Pongola and Vryheid, you go past Paulpietersburg, when you exit Paulpietersburg instead of turning to Vryheid you carry on straight on the "backroute" to Natal Spa. There are natural hot springs there. Quite a nice weekend spot and you can fish in the Assegaai river. Tranquil place
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    Between Pongola and Vryheid, you go past Paulpietersburg, when you exit Paulpietersburg instead of turning to Vryheid you carry on straight on the "backroute" to Natal Spa. There are natural hot springs there. Quite a nice weekend spot and you can fish in the Assegaai river. Tranquil place
    And a bit expensive to stay at.
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    Upper Mhlatuze river, north west of Melmoth.
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    Eish, I haven't been there in 20+ years. Back then we used to camp.
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    Ian, do you know the story about Denny Dalton and that the ruins from the mine are still visible in places?
    I believe (according to my late Dad) that there were attempts to mine gold there. I did drive round the loop from the Vryheid road once but didn't actually see the ruins. Probably didn't know where to look.

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    White Mfolozi river, between Ulundi and Vryheid.
    Is the picture taken from the low level bridge on the old road? How easy is it to get to?

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    Ian, no, the pic is from about 5km upstream of the low level bridge.
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    One of the plaques at the battlefield monument in Ulundi.
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    One of the plaques at the battlefield monument in Ulundi.
    I wonder how many necessary casualties and how many to satisfy Chelmsford's need for revenge?

    Mind you, different standards and attitudes in those days.

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    Thank you Riaan I have been resident in Zululand since 1972 north, south, east and west and I would hate to stay anywhere else. your photos bring back memories from many a year gone by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian.McM View Post
    I believe (according to my late Dad) that there were attempts to mine gold there. I did drive round the loop from the Vryheid road once but didn't actually see the ruins. Probably didn't know where to look.
    Ian, I managed to find on the interwebs last night an overview of the gold rush that took place in Zululand, see attached PDF and refer to page 67 "The Denny Dalton Gold fields" which tells the story.

    My previous reference to this has been TV Bulpin's book, Shaka's Country in which he also writes about the rush. He has the following to say about the Mfongosi rush which perhaps explains why it is rumored Thomas Denny died of sheer disappointment after the poor results of the mine..


    ďBy December 1886 Mfongosi was a rowdy village of fifty shacks; a number of stores, like Fordís Osborne Store, a few hotels and canteens, like Fryís hotel, the Pioneer Hotel, H&T Daviesís Gumtree Hotel; and the establishments of several tradesmen, like Harperís bakery.
    An even more remarkable thing about Mfongosi was itís rate of growth. By March 1887 the town consisted of two hundred shacks, with four hotels and many shops lining a main street which was assuming impressive proportions. There was even a soda-water manufactory commencing business.Ē
    During 1887 the first crushing took place ( there were by then about twenty mills in the area with about 700 prospectors combing all the valleys) that this whole settlement banked upon. It came to nothing, there was no gold to be found. Bulpin writes about how this event affected the town:
    " By November 1887, Mfongosi was a ghost town with deserted shacks, hotels and shops. Expensive machinery was abandoned to the mambas, the shops were given to the rats. The club was closed and the Indian waiters made tracks to other parts, the tennis court had it's first weeds, and by the river, beneath the trees, a spirit named hope sat with it's head on it's knees and wept."

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