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About Midmar Dam Nature Reserve

Situated just seven kilometres from Howick and 24 kilometres from Pietermaritzburg, the Midmar Dam Nature Reserve is a great spot for locals and visitors alike. The large fresh water dam is fed by the uMngeni River, offering a fun water sports and fishing venue. Day trippers often make use of numerous shady picnic areas and braai facilities along the shoreline.

Windsurfing, canoeing, swimming and mountain biking are popular activities around the Midmar Dam. In certain areas it is zoned for yachts and powerboats. The world’s largest open water swimming event, the Midmar Mile, draws over 16 000 international and local competitors annually to swim the dam in record time.

The reserve is also home to numerous red hartebeest, blesbok, reedbuck, black wildebeest, oribi and zebra. Carp, bass, scalies and bluegill fish proliferate in the dam. Pick up a freshwater fishing licence at the office near the entrance gates. Below the dam, the uMngeni River plummets over the Howick Falls on its way to the Indian Ocean.

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Accommodation near Midmar Dam Nature Reserve

The Old Hotel

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Sleeps 13 in 3 rooms

Dating back to the 1850s, the Old Hotel at Curry’s Post captures the essence and atmosphere of historic Natal. Beautifully restored and...
R1400
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Fern Hill Hotel

Sleeps 30 in 0 rooms

Situated in Howick a 15-minute walk from Midmar Dam Fern Hill Hotel features rooms with air conditioning. Popular points of interest around...
R2450
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Sunbird Guest House

21 Reviews
Sleeps 25 in 8 rooms

Welcome to our 4 Star graded bed and breakfast in the tranquil town of Howick, the hub of the Midlands Waterfall Country, just one hour...
R1100
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Country Lane Guest House

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Sleeps 13 in 6 rooms

Country Lane Guest House lies secretly hidden amidst a contrast of tall trees poking petals of colour and the house's wooden decking, all...
R1220
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Little Fields Country House

11 Reviews
Sleeps 29 in 6 rooms

Little Fields Country House offers lovely self-catering accommodation for up to ten people, in a...
R1200
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Midmar Dam Nature Reserve Map

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Midmar Dam Nature Reserve is 5.7km from the centre of Howick , the nearest airport 104.2km (King Shaka International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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