& Accommodation Guide to South Africa
in Kwazulu-Natal Midlands, South Africa
Bed & Breakfasts, Guest Houses & Self-Catering in Howick and Mooi
The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands
is an inland area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa that lies outside of Pietermaritzburg
but before the Drakensberg mountain range. There are several small
towns located in the Midlands, including: Howick,
Balgowan, Nottingham Road and Mooi River.
The Midlands Meander
is several tourism routes that include accommodation, art and crafts and
Some of the South Africa's
top private schools are located in the Midlands, including: Cowan House,
Clifton Preparatory School, Hilton College, Michaelhouse and St. Anne's
Also read: Midlands
Meander Diaries: Karkloof Canopy Tours In Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
by Brian Kemp
MIDLANDS ACCOMMODATION, KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA
ACCOMMODATION - BED & BREAKFASTS/GUEST HOUSES/LODGES/SELF-CATERING
|Howick is a town located
in the uMgungundlovu District of KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
The town is 1050 m above sea level, and about 88 kilometres from the port
city of Durban. It enjoys warm summers and cool dry winters. A snappy chill
descends upon Howick when snow falls on the nearby Drakensberg. The town
is located on the N3 freeway, connecting it with the rest of South Africa.
The town is the location
of Howick Falls, which is a large waterfall that occurs when the Umgeni
River falls 95 metres (311 feet) over dolerite cliffs on its way to the
Indian Ocean. The waterfall was known as kwaNogqaza or "The Place of the
Tall One" by the original Zulu inhabitants. There are several other waterfalls
in the vicinity and all of them have claimed human lives. Near Howick are
Cascade Falls (25 m) and Shelter Falls (37 m), while Karkloof Falls (105
m) is 16 km to the east.
map of Howick
Bed and Breakfast, HOWICK
Situated along the Kwa-Zulu
Natal Midlands region in the town of Howick, Azalea Bed and Breakfast features
a garden and BBQ facilities. Within 2.5 kilometres from the property you
will find a public park and the Howick Falls. Offering a patio and views
of the garden and pool, all rooms offer free WiFi and come fitted with
a fan, desk and flat-screen satellite TV. They also include a microwave
and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. The private bathroom has a shower
or a bath. Breakfast is served daily at Azalea Bed and Breakfast. Howick
offers a variety of restaurants with the Corner Post Restaurant & Bar
just 600 m away. The Sakabula Golf Club is a 10-minute drive from the bed
Country House, Bed & Brakfast, Nottingham Road, HOWICK
Set in 35 acres of undisturbed
beauty on the banks of the tranquil Lions River, near Nottingham Road.
Scenic riverside walks, bird watching, trout fishing in the river or nearby
dams, and lazy swimming in crystal clear pools. The more energetic
can indulge in golf, horseriding, cycle touring and country rambles. Game
reserves, Zulu cultural attractions and the Anglo-Boer War battlefields
are all within easy driving distance. The thatched country complex
offers warm and hospitable accommodation in ten spacious double rooms,
all en-suite - and all featuring a jacuzzi spa. nine overlook the river,
including the Owl and the Pussycat honeymoon suite. The Gilbert and Sullivan
musical suite, is set in the gardens. four of the units have self catering
Places, Guest House, HOWICK
Pleasant Places, which is
accredited 4 stars by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa and is
accredited by the Portfolio Collection, offers home away from home, comfortable
and cosy accommodation in a quiet setting, overlooking the Lions River
and picturesque farming and forest scenes. The peace and tranquility on
the farm make for an ideal place of retreat and drawing aside from daily
life. Accommodation at present comprises four double-bedded rooms
with en-suite bathrooms and a cottage with two bedrooms; there is a double
bed in the larger room and two single beds in the other. The cottage has
two bathrooms. We are also ideally situated for small, quiet conferences
and 'Think tanks'. Guests are requested not to smoke indoors.
RIVER - B&B/GUEST HOUSE/SELF-CATERING - NATAL MIDLANDS/SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG
|Mooi River is a small town
situated at 1,389m above sea level and 160 km from the coast in KwaZulu-Natal,
South Africa. The first European settlement in the area was at Mooi River
Drift in 1852. This was formally named Weston in 1866 after the first Governor
of Natal, Martin West. In 1879, an Irishman named Alexander Lawrence purchased
the farm "Grantleigh" upstream from Weston, on the banks of the Mooi River.
"Mooirivier" is Afrikaans for "beautiful river". In 1884, the railway line
from Durban, on the coast, to Johannesburg, in the interior, reached the
area and was built across Alexander Lawrence's land. He subsequently laid
out and establish the village of Lawrenceville on his farm "Grantleigh"
and so is known as "The Father of Mooi River". In 1921, the village was
renamed Mooi River when it was declared a town. It lies on the principal
road N3 and rail routes between Johannesburg
and Durban. Although the railway-station
is no longer used for passengers, goods are still carried. There is a toll
plaza located at Mooi River.
map of Mooi River
browsing Mooi River accommodation / Midlands
Drakensberg Lodge, Bed & Breakfast, MOOI RIVER
The Antbear Drakensberg
Lodge, originally built in the 1940's and recently restored by sculptor
Bruce Attwood, gets its name from the previous resident, who lived beneath
the floor boards before restoration. Eccentrically refurbished using
wood gathered in the surrounding valleys, the Antbear combines comfort
with a unique environment. Using a fifty-year-old outhouse for the
basic framework, Bruce created a unique guest-house and home in the rural
hinterland of Kwazulu-Natal. The original structure which belonged to a
farmer friend, consisted of two traditional rondavels, or thatch covered
huts, connected by a stoep, or veranda wit an overhead trellis. Perched
on a kind of natural platform overlooking the bushmans river, the house
has panoramic views of the Drakensberg Mountains. Relax, enjoy the
view, take walks around the farm and savor the delicious food prepared
by Andrew and Conny.
of the Manor, Hotel, MOOI RIVER
Formally known as the Swiss
Manor, the Lords of the Manor is 4 Star graded and Highly Recommended by
the AA as an Historic 19th Century Country Hotel. Lords of the Manor overlooks
beautiful, lush farmlands surrounded by trout streams and dams. Each of
the 16 en-suite bedrooms is uniquely and tastefully furnished. Selected
rooms boast their own fireplaces and magnificent garden views. All Meals
are Charged Separately. A fully equipped conference room ( max. 30)
provides the perfect facility for any business function in peaceful and
private surroundings. In the idyllic grounds of the Manor House lies a
precious little chapel, the perfect venue for that very special wedding.
Your hosts welcome you in this historic Hotel with the cuisine and service
which makes The Lords of the Manor famous.
Saddle and Trout, Hotel, MOOI RIVER
within 11 km from Mooi River, surrounded by meadows, Midlands Saddle and
Trout offers an array of activities from fishing, mini golf and horse riding.
The resort features a restaurant, spa and childrenís playground. At Midlands
Saddle and Trout, the spacious apartments offer views of the mountain and
come complete with an open plan lounge, dining area and fully equipped
kitchen which include a dishwasher. Extras include a satellite TV, DVD
player and linen. The Dancing Bushman is the resortís cosy restaurant which
offers tasty dishes. Guests can relax at the poolside or enjoy a refreshing
swim in the large pool. The spa features a range of treatments.
Manor, MOOI RIVER
Offering an outdoor pool,
Waterford Manor is located in Mooirivier. Free WiFi access is available.
Each room here will provide you with a TV, a patio and satellite channels.
There is also an electric kettle. Featuring a shower, private bathroom
also comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Extras include bed linen.
At Waterford Manor you will find a garden and a terrace. The property offers