Boer War Sites and Boer War Battlefields

If you’re looking to explore Boer War sites and want to find the best places to view Boer Wars history then you can explore our interactive map of Boer War battlefields and sites above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a great selection of Boer War sites and you can plan some fascinating things to see on your trips. Once you’ve explored the list of Boer War sites and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring Boer War sites and Boer War battlefields.

Our database of historic places is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other  Boer Wars sites, remains or ruins, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

Boer Wars: Site Index

Anglo-Boer War Museum

One of the most interesting Boer War sites, the Anglo-Boer War Museum in Bloemfontein explores the history of the Second Anglo-Boer War.

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The Anglo-Boer War Museum, also known as the War Museum of the Boer Republics, in Bloemfontein, South Africa is one of the country’s most comprehensive museums about the Second Anglo-Boer War.

The Second Anglo-Boer War was a major conflict between Britain and the Orange Free State republics and Boers of South Africa which raged from 1899 to 1902. It was a clash between British imperialism and the nationalism of the South Africans, in which the British tried to unite the different areas into one unified colonial state.

Bloemfontein was a vital location in the war as it was both the site of the Bloemfontein Conference in 1899, which served to fan the flames of war, and was also captured by the British commander Lord Roberts on 13 March 1900.

The Anglo-Boer War Museum chronicles the events leading up to the war, the course of the war and its aftermath. One of its most moving exhibits is that relating to concentration camps. The Second Anglo-Boer War is notorious for being the first war in which such camps were used, a strategy spearheaded by Lord Herbert Kitchener. The museum is next to the Women's Memorial, which commemorates those who perished in these camps.

The Anglo-Boer War Museum also features as one of our top South African tourist attractions.

Geelbecks River Blockhouse

Mortared stonework type blockhouse, 12km North of Laingsburg, and right next to the N1 national highway (motorway) between Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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The Geelbecks River Blockhouse is a very typical, easily reachable and well preserved example of the blockhouse fortifications erected by British forces during the Anglo Boer War between 1899-1902.

These were strongpoints in their defences of the colony borders and strategically important locations like railway bridges, as in this case.

Ladysmith Siege Museum

The Ladysmith Siege Museum explores the town’s history during the Second Anglo-Boer War and is among many Boer War sites which explains the history of the conflict.

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The Ladysmith Siege Museum is dedicated to the four month siege of the town of Ladysmith, South Africa during the Second Anglo-Boer War.

The Siege of Ladysmith occurred when, on 30 October 1899, Boer forces under Commandant-General Piet Joubert forced British forces into Ladysmith and surrounded the town.

It was not broken until 29 February 1900, when British relief forces arrived, including a young Winston Churchill who was among the first British troops to relieve the city. By this time, starvation had set in and the British had suffered significant losses, many of them caused by disease.

The Ladysmith Siege Museum explores both the siege itself and the war as a whole, displaying artefacts from the conflict. The building in which the Ladysmith Siege Museum is housed was constructed in 1884 and was used to store rations during the siege. Information is provided in Afrikaans, English and Zulu.

Photo by Elizabeth Thompson (cc)

Laing’s Nek Battlefield

Laing’s Nek Battlefield was the site of a major battle in the First Anglo-Boer War. One of many Boer War battlefields which can still be visited today.

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Laing’s Nek Battlefield in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa was the site of a major battle in the First Anglo-Boer War.

On 28 January 1881, the British forces under Major-General Sir George Pomeroy Colley suffered a decisive defeat at the hands of the Boer forces under Commandant-General Piet Joubert. The Battle of Laing’s Nek was a blow for the British in their attempts to capture the Transvaal region.

Laing’s Nek Battlefield is close to Majuba Hill where only a month later the British would suffer a defeat that would lose them the war and Colley would be killed in battle.

Photo by Vberger (cc)

Majuba Hill

One of the most crucial Boer War battlefields, Majuba Hill in South Africa was the site of the final battle of the First Anglo-Boer War.

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Majuba Hill in South Africa was the final battlefield of the First Anglo-Boer War. Sometimes known as the Transvaal War, the First Anglo-Boer War was an approximately year-long conflict in which the Boers rejected British annexation of the Transvaal region of South Africa.

Approximately 400 British soldiers, made up of the 58th Regiment and the 92nd Highlanders and led by Major-General Sir George Pomeroy Colley, had occupied Majuba Hill in early 1881. On 27 February 1881 at the Boers defeated the British in battle, effectively ending the war. Colley himself had been killed together with almost half of the force.

National Women’s Memorial - Bloemfontein

The National Women’s Memorial in Bloemfontein is a Second Anglo-Boer War monument and one of the most interesting Boer War sites.

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The National Women’s Memorial in Bloemfontein in South Africa commemorates the 26,000 women and children who perished in concentration camps set up by the British during the Second Anglo-Boer War.

Depicting an Afrikaner woman holding her child seeing her husband off to war, the National Women’s Memorial is flanked by a large obelisk and is located near the Anglo-Boer War Museum.

Spioenkop battlefield

Spioenkop battlefield in South Africa was the site of a Boer victory in the Second Anglo-Boer War. It is one of the better-preserved Boer War battlefields.

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Spioenkop battlefield, also known as Spion Kop Battlefield, in South Africa was the site of a British defeat to the Boers during the Second Anglo-Boer War.

The Battle of Spioenkop was an attempt by British forces to relieve the Siege of Ladysmith, in which Boer forces had been surrounding the British in the town for around four months.

From 23 January 1900, the British tried in vain to free the town in a clash with Orange Free State and South African Republic forces. However, on 24 January, the British withdrew, having suffered significant casualties.

Today, Spioenkop battlefield contains several memorials to the battle which can be seen together with graves and trenches along a trail. It also features as one of our top ten visitor attractions of South Africa

Photo by Mister-E (cc)

Voortrekker Monument

One of the best known Boer sites, the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria commemorates South Africa’s Boer pioneers.

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The Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, South Africa commemorates the exodus of the Boers – Voortrekkers meaning pioneers - from the Cape Colony from 1835 and 1854.

Sparked by the British abolition of slavery in all their colonies in 1834, this “Great Trek” resulted in the creation of several republics and laid the foundations for the modern layout of South Africa. The Great Trek also resulted in conflicts between the Boers and the Zulus, particularly the Battle of Blood River, which the Voortrekker Monument also commemorates.

The Voortrekker Monument is comprised of a vast granite structure surrounded by 64 ox-wagons – a symbol of Voortrekker practices - and is flanked by numerous statues of historic figures such as Boer leader Piet Retief. Inside the Voortrekker Monument is its large Hall of Heroes housing a historical frieze depicting the history of the Trek and a museum of Voortrekker history .

 This fascinating site also features as one of our top Tourist Attractions of South Africa