About 20 minutes drive from Ladysmith, Spioenkop is one of the areas oldest Nature reserves, and has a great variety of antelope, as well as rhino, giraffe, and a few smaller carnivores.
the Park is relatively small, with good driving trails, so you're guaranteed to see a variety of animals.
They might not have the big 5, (well, they have 1 of them), but for an afternoon drive that costs only about R20 per person, i highly recommend this reserve.
Inyathi Game Farm is about 20 minutes from Ladysmith, is not too big, but has a variety of wildlife. It's also right next door to Weenen Nature reserve (which has most of the Big 5). Go on one of the horse rides (Dont take Casper, hes a bugger), and get really close to the animals.
On Murchison street, this museum covers the history of Ladysmith from it's inception, & through the Boer War, in great detail. It is also the site of the local Information office. The entrance fee is a measly R2 (about 20 pence), and you definitely get more than your moneys worth!
They also have a guest book to fill in after your self guided tour.
Riga's has been around for as long as i can remember. The are kinda a general store, but the sports goods are probably their main attraction. They have a kids section, an electronic section, musical equipment, kitchenware, etc.
What to buy: Sports goods for sure. From tennis, to badminton, soccer, hockey, cricket, & fishing.
What to pay: Anything up to 500 rand
The Oval used to be the towns cricket ground, set right in the center of town. Now, it is a pretty decent shopping center, with shops ranging from convenience stores & clothes stores to specialist shops.
What to buy: Here, get anything you need. The department stores are very reasonably priced.
What to pay: Up to a couple f hundred
Not many people know about the horse riding opportunities in Ladysmith. The first is Inyathi (about 20 minutes from Ladysmith), and the other is about 2km out of town. They have wonderful horses (Some ex-race horses), and a few excellent horse trails. Well worth the visit.