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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Fort Amiel

Afrikaans name:

Fort Amiel

Fort Amiel, Newcastle

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Fort Amiel is a reconstruction of a specious fort on the outskirts of Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal. The fort was originally built in 1876 by the 80th Staffordshire Volunteers under the command of Major Charles Amiel, after whom the fort was named.

The fort sits on a low hill and has good views over the surrounding countryside including over the spot that was used as a wagon drift across the Ncandu River.

Accommodation in Newcastle

There are a number of buildings, exhibits and memorials at Fort Amiel. One of the most interesting is the reconstruction of the cookhouse.

Fort Amiel lookout post

Lookout post

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Fort Amiel memorial

Memorial to those who lost their lives in the vicinity

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Officers room

Officers room inside the museum

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Fort Amiel kitchen

Display inside the kitchen

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