Chelmsford Nature Reserve lies 23 km from Newcastle in northern KwaZulu-Natal, just off the N11 between Newcastle and Ladysmith. It is a short, three-hour drive from Johannesburg.
Chelmsford Nature Reserve surrounds the Ntshingwayo Dam, which lies on the iNgagane River and is the third largest dam in KwaZulu-Natal.
The surrounding grasslands and acacia veld are the playground of several large game, including wildebeest, hartebeest, springbok, and blesbok.
The Reserve makes a wonderful day’s outing for those taking a break from the Battlefields route, or for those who want to enjoy the freedom of the great outdoors and the excitement of windsurfing, canoeing and jet-skiing.
Ntshingwayo Dam is a renowned fishing destination, with carp, barbel and scaly being the most popular fish caught.