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City Howick

Howick is located in the province of KwaZulu-Natal at about 90 kilometers from Durban. This place is easily accessible from the N3 which runs from Johannesburg to the port city of Durban. This part of the province is called the Midlands and consists of a hilly landscape with small lakes, rivers, waterfalls, forests and pastures where the cows graze. The area is known for its many artists and artisans; you will find workshops and studios which include potters, weavers and sculptors. You can (also called Arts and Crafts Route), drive the Midlands Meander and this route takes you past the sights, craft shops, galleries and eateries. The Midlands region is also known as the region that bred and trained the best horses in the country. The best known is Summerhill. You can take a look here as long as you make an appointment in advance.

Howick itself is known for its waterfall, the 95 meters high Howick Falls. Here the Umgeni River falls down over the cliffs on its way to the Indian Ocean. Smaller waterfalls near Cascade Falls are 25 meters, and the Shelter Falls 37 meters. A larger waterfall is 16 kilometers east of Howick, the Karkloof Falls with a height of 105 meters.

There are various hike / hiking trails in and around Howick which you enter through the beautiful nature. For example you can choose the two-hour Howick Falls Gorge Walk. The route starts at the bottom of Harvard Street and you enter from the bottom of the base of the Howick Falls for a nice look down. Well worth it for a nice view of the Beacon Hill Trail. The approximately one-hour route begins at the end of Lakeview Road and takes you along Howick Reservoir and over the top of Beacon Hill. Another route of an hour is the Umgeni River Trail which, as the name suggests, runs along the river. This route can be done only when it is dry weather.

Visit Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve for walks where you can enjoy not only the landscape, but is also spot animals. The reserve will include giraffes, zebras, wildebeest and many different antelope. Bird watchers can keep their eyes open for more than 270 different species of birds. In addition to various hiking trails, there is also a car route through the reserve and there are accommodations.

The very nearby Midmar Dam is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts; you can also go sailing, windsurfing or canoeing.

During the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) the edge of the village stood at a concentration camp of the English. Today, a monument reminds us of the women and children who are deceased in the camp at this place. Another monument south of Howick recalls the place where Nelson Mandela was arrested on August 5, 1962.

Howick has plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a snack and a drink. You can also take a look at the antique and art shops. For more information please contact the office of Howick Tourism across the waterfall platform.

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