Winterton, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Winterton is a small town situated on the banks of the Tugela River.


Winterton is a small town situated on the banks of the Tugela River in the beautiful foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was founded in 1905 as Springfield when the Natal government buit a weir across the Little Tugela River. The town later changed its name to Winterton in honour the secretary for agriculture, HD Winter. It is close to the Boer War battlesites of Battle of Vaalkrans and Spioenkop.

This is a small town with the usual array of shops, the odd coffee shop and not much else. However, it is set among some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Close to the Northern Berg, it is a great springboard to visit the Amphitheatre or Rugged Glen. There are a number of attractive guest houses scattered around nearby in the foothills of the Drakensberg, as well as the odd backpackers and, of course, the park accommodation.

This typical pioneer settlement offers a very relaxed atmosphere. It serves the large community of maize, wheat and beef farmers and of late has become a tourist attraction offering everything from accommodation to adventure activities in the Drakensberg region.

Among the many cultural activities, is a visit to Punch, whose real name is Sibusiso Mbhele. Punch is our only living outsider artists, and his home, life and art are almost indistinguishable. Winterton is on the R74, which is an alternative to the N3 between Harrismith and Estcourt. This road includes the steep, twisty and incredibly scenic Oliviershoek Pass.