The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Fort Amiel

Fort Amiel

Fort Amiel, Newcastle

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Fort Amiel is a reconstruction of a spacious 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.

The fort was mainly used for treating wounded soldiers. The British King’s Own Royal Regiment were stationed at Fort Amiel during the First Boer War.

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

Some publications spell the name as Ameil and not Amiel.

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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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