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

Country Lane Guest House

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40 Fraser St. B & B

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Our 100 year old homestead is located in Howick, hub of the Midlands, we combine a relaxed country atmosphere with all the convenience of...
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Old Halliwell Country Inn

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Azalea Bed and Breakfast

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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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Herb Cottage

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Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

Herb Cottage is a self-catering abode in the heart of the Kwa-Zulu Natal midlands in Dargle valley.The cottage is open-plan with a double...
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Tanglewood Country House

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Sleeps 20 in 10 rooms

Tanglewood Country House is situated in the beautiful, and unexplored Dargle Valley, Kwa Zulu-Natal Midlands. We are situated in close...
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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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