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

Kusane Farm Cottage

5 Reviews
Sleeps 20 in 5 rooms

Kusane Farm Cottage is perched high above the stunning Karkloof Valley, midway between Howick and Curry's Post on the Midlands Meander,...
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Azalea Bed and Breakfast

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Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

This is a charming bed and breakfast located in the town of Howick, approximately 20 minutes from Pietermaritzburg, an ideal stopover...
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Twin Pools Lodge

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Sleeps 14 in 4 rooms

Twin Pools Lodge is set in the beautiful Balgowan Valley in the Natal Midlands. We offer the frazzled city dwellers a quiet retreat in a...
from R870
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40 Fraser St. B & B

22 Reviews
Sleeps 14 in 5 rooms

Our 100 year old homestead is located in Howick, hub of the Midlands, we combine a relaxed country atmosphere with all the convenience of...
from R760
per night for 2 guests

A Nutty Lane

8 Reviews
Sleeps 18 in 3 rooms

A Nutty Lane is three, modern self-catering cottages, set on the banks of a picturesque dam surrounded by birds, horses and two potbelly...
from R780
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Thistledown Country House

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Sleeps 10 in 5 rooms

Thistledown Country House is known for its hospitality, gracious accommodation and fine dining. The farmhouse was built in 1937 by Jack...
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Midmar Dam Nature Reserve Map

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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