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Magersfontein Battlefield

31 km on Modderfontein Road, Kimberley, South Africa
053 833 7115
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Ranked #3 of 9 Attractions in Kimberley
Type: Battlefields, Cultural
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Type: Battlefields, Cultural
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English first
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

It's out of town, but worth a visit, especially for anyone interested in Boer War history. The little museum is interesting but the actual battlefield is spine chilling. With only a little imagination you can see the rows of British/Scottish soldiers creeping over the desolate plains in the middle of the night in a deluge of rain, to be mowed... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Caught in a severe storm the first day, we were trapped in the museum as hailstones battered the door and red dust covered everything. Plenty of time to examine the excellent exhibits and appreciate the dramatic and skilfully-compiled film describing the fate of the Scottish battalions. We returned next morning and walked key parts of the site, scrambling down the... More 

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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Interesting story. Enjoyed the museum but everything else was closed. Did see quite a few buck close up.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

One of the decisive Boer war battles , just south of Kimberley . The battle field is rather a off the main road and is mostly reached over a dusty but graded so can be reached in most cars ( i was in a MINI Coopers S!!). Very hot and dusty so if you are going to walk around teh... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

As Afrikaners we are losing touch with the heavy battles that were fought against British rule. At Magersfontein one is given some slight insight to the hurdles that faced a Boer army of unpaid, self-clothed and self-fed farmers against the mighty force of paid, well-uniformed and well-fed Rooibaadjies (Britsh uniform) and later Kakies (red uniform was swapped for khaki colour... More 

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Chesham, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Excellent display of a Boer War battlefield. The only Boer war fortifications left. Well described and preserved.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Kimberley is a city that has so much history. The Magersfontein Battlefields are really amazing, especially for anybody interested in history, espeically that of the early battles between the British Troops and the Boers. The area is well documented and with a good guide the visit will be wonderful. There are also other numerous attractions in other parts of the... More 

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Pretoria
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

As an self proclaimed historian I love my history. The site is a must to visit and see. The mini theatre offers you an insight into the events of one of the most important battles of the Anglo-Boer war where General De La Rey dealt the British forces another blood nose.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

It is true what others say - We are losing our historical roots. Our trip to Magersfontein Battle site was amazing and enjoyable. Some sign posting was however a bit ambiguous that one could not pin point an exact site occurrence but in general is was good. Some boards/mosaics are broken and weather beaten but one could still work things... More 

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Maun, Botswana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The area around Kimberley has incredible historical importance to the founding of South Africa. While there is the basics of a museum at the Magersfontein sight, I personally felt that on the whole this type of historical sight is fast fading into the twilight. You stand on a hill looking out over a vast flat bush veld plain and wonder... More 

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