The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Majuba Hill

Majuba Hill as seen from Charlestown

Photo © Steven Herbert

Majuba Hill is the prominent feature of the landscape in the Volksrust area. It is a large flat-topped hill that dominates the skyline.

On the 27th February 1881 it was the site of a battle between the Boers and British during the First Boer War. The British forces, which numbered 405, were led by Major-General Sir George Pomeroy Colley. They occupied the top of the hill. About 450 Boer soldiers, led by Nicolas Smit, stormed the hill and achieved a remarkable victory despite having the inferior position of having to climb the hill.

The British defeat at Majuba helped to bring about an end to the First Anglo-Boer War.

References and further reading

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 239


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