Greytown has much to offer anyone wishing
to visit for a day or more, all in close proximity. We are blessed
with beautiful scenery varying from rolling hills, green trees
and pastures, grasslands and thornveld. We have all sporting facilities,
accommodation types, historical sites and monuments, a highly
regarded museum, diverse cultures, hotsprings, game parks, a wide
variety of birding habitats and even an optical illusion!!
All the information you need (and more)
can be found on this site so browse around. Greytown has a wide
range of accommodation including luxury lodges, guesthouses, B
& Bs, chalets, camping and rustic sites all within less than
an hour from Greytown. Our only hotel is being restored and should
be ready soon. The Museum is situated in Scott Street between
Durban and Voortrekker Streets in a building erected by Dr Birtwell
in 1879 and sold to the Colonial Government as "The Residency"
or "Drostdy" for the local magistrate. It remained as
such until 1971 when the then Magistrate found it unacceptable
and persuaded the authorities to build a new residence on adjoining
land. The then Borough Council acquired the property and the Museum
was officially opened on 17 August 1973 by the Administrator of
Natal, Ben Havemann. It is now a National Monument and considered
to be one of the best small museums in the country.
Open Monday to Friday 08:00 to 16:00 and some Sundays
The Museum has a large collection of memorabilia from the Umvoti
Mounted Rifles involvement in the Bambatha Rebellion of 1906,
the Zulu, the First Anglo Boer , the South African and the two
It houses a Victorian Children's Room, Hindu and Muslim Room,
Zulu Culture Room and a Blacksmith's forge in the Coach House
with a good selection of farming equipment.
This lake nestles in picturesque wooded "Little Canada"
surroundings and supplies the town with water. The lake is a popular,
all water sports and fishing venue with several cottages, camping
sites and ablution blocks.
Tel: 033-4131115 Fax: 033-4171393.
Sarie Marais' Grave
Off the D479 on the way to Stanger.
The song "Sarie Marais" is based on the American "My
Darling Ellie Rhee" and gets its name from Sarie Mare (note
spelling) who married at 17 and died two days after having given
birth to her eleventh child at age 35.
Aya Jana's Tree
(Voortrekker Vow 1912)
Aya Jana who as a small child was orphaned when the Voortrekkers
and Matabeles under Mzilikatzi did battle. She was taken in by
the Voortrekkers and was with them when the Zulus attacked the
Voortrekkers at Bloukrans near Weenen. While seriously wounded
she escaped with her life by feigning death while being prodded
She was nursed back to health and adopted by the Mare family,
an Aunt and Uncle of Sarie, raised as one of their children and
went on to live to the ripe old age of 93. Honour was bestowed
on her at the historic festival of the Voortrekker Vow in December
of 1912, where she planted a tree to commemmorate the event and
took her place on a bench with all the VIPs - which included among
others, the then Governor of Natal C.J. Smythe, the wife of Andries
Pretorius (she must have been ancient!), the Advocate E.G. Jansen
who later became Governor General of the Union of South Africa.
In 1906 a poll tax instead of the usual hut tax was imposed on
the local Zulus. This coupled with numerous other issues resulted
in the rebelling of several tribal chiefs including Bambatha.
The inhabitants of Greytown went into laager in the Greytown Town
Hall and a column of police were sent to collect two women and
a child from the Marshall Hotel (Keates Drift road) and the Storekeeper's
wife from Keates Drift. On their return with shouts of Usuthu,
they were ambushed at the rock 23 km on Keates Drift Road, 4 policemen
This resulted in what is known as the "BAMBATHA REBELLION"
the appalling loss of 70 rebels at Pukunyoni, over 600 at Isuzi
and 575 at Mome Gorge. More information on this enigmatic Bambatha
at the Greytown Museum.
In 1968 one Mishak Mthalane was at the offices of Attorneys Nel
& Stevens and they needed to know his age. He didn't know
how old he was so Interpreter Gilbert Maphanga tried to find out
what major events Mishak could remember and how tall he was at
the time hoping to set a guideline to estimate Mishak's age. Mishak
said that he taken part in the Bambatha Rebellion. When Tiny Stevens
heard this he asked Gilbert to take a statement from Mishak.
(to the Policeman)
13 km out on Keate's Drift/Dundee road is a Memorial erected in
memory of the four policemen including Trooper Aston and his dog,
killed at Ambush Rock. It is alleged that Sgt Brown's body was
only found the next day badly mutilated - his moustache was carried
around to encourage Zulu men to join up with the rebels, while
parts of his body were made into medicine to make warriors immune
The Rawstornes@268 Guesthouse
268 Voortrekker Street, Greytown
Fax 0866228800 (SA Only)