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uMngeni Footprint Route


Attractions

Birdlife KZN Midlands Bird Club
The Midlands Birding Route is found in the same area as the uMgeni FootPrint. The birding route is made up of various si...

Forgotten Falls
Pia and Kech Sanchez (from Braeside Guesthouse) and Tony Psaila (from Spirit of Africa Taxidermy) have started to develo...

Forgotten Falls Music Club
The Forgotten Falls Music Club is the brainchild of Kech Sanchez and John Tungay. Hosted at Braeside Guesthouse on the s...

Golf Got You South Africa
Golf Got You South Africa is a transport and tours company based in the Central Drakensberg, operating throughout K...

Howick Falls Emporium
The Howick Falls Emporium is situated in the newly restored Howick Falls Hotel, not too far from the Howick Falls vire s...

Bergfree Adventures
Bergfree Adventures offers the services of planning and leading single day or multi day guided hikes into the uKhahlamba...

Karkloof Horse Adventures
Karkloof Horse Adventures is located on a farm approximately 20km out of Howick. The farm itself consists of spectacular...

Spanafrican Adventures
Would you like to do a hike in the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa? We can organise your hiking exper...

Sipho Luthuli - Sangoma
A sangoma (traditional healer) in Mpophomeni.  He spesialises in the treatment of emotional and spiritual problems.

Spirit of Adventure
Hiking: For wilderness adventures, the province of KwaZulu-Natal, home to the Zulu people, is one of Africa's best kept...

Thaba Tours 4x4 Adventures
Thaba Tours 4x4 Adventures offers a memorable experience of the Southern Drakensberg, situated within a World Heritage S...

Tour Guide - Evelyn Hughes
Evelyn Hughes is registered with the Field Guides Association of South Africa and SA Tourism. Tours can be arranged to a...

Zulu Mpophomeni Tourism Experience
The community of Mpophomeni had identified an opportunity for economic development, which would benefit the entire commu...

Karkloof Canopy Tours
Karkloof Canopy Tours is situated in the tranquil Natal Midlands and offers the unequalled experience of gliding along s...


Other features

   Accommodation

Below is a list of accommodation establishments along this route. Bookings and enquiries can be made directly with the establishment.

Biggie Best Cottages
This is a family run establishment offering personal service to suite our clients needs; they supply champagne brea...

Eagles Country Lodges
Eagles Country Lodges are set in the KZN Midlands in beautiful tranquil setting. The lodges can be described as a &ldquo...

Harrow Hill Guest Farm
Harrow Hill Guest Farm is an elegantly furnished English Countryside-style house with large en-suite bedrooms, sitting r...

Kubheka's B&B
Kubheka's B&B offers warm bedding and personal service to its guests. Tea and fruit juice are served in all rooms.&n...

Lakeview B&B
Louis and Tina Freeman welcome guests to their lovely homely residence, conveniently situated on the outskirts of the bu...

Braeside Guesthouse
Braeside is a historic home built in the 1890’s by George Morris Sutton. It is set in an enormous garden with a sp...

Country Lane Guesthouse
Country Lane Guesthouse is situated in the heart of the Midlands. Enjoy a relaxed country atmosphere with the convenienc...

Ivy's B&B
Ivy’s B&B offers a wonderful experience of township living. The bed and breakfast has two double bedrooms and...

Destiny Forest Lodge
Destiny Forest Lodge offers a haven of peace and tranquillity, visitors can take time out to read books and recharge the...

Maseko's B&B
Maseko's B&B offers accommodation with comfortable beds and clean linen. Room service is available.

Mchunus B&B
This business started in 2007 when the owner was introduced to the idea by her sister. She joined the ZMTE and it all st...

Millicent's B&B
Millicent’s is a charming B&B in Mpophomeni that offers its guests soft and comfortable beds with television i...

Milly's B&B
A small and friendly B&B situated close to the N3 highway(Howick/Tweedie exit) in the center of Howick in a qui...

Monument Farm B&B and Self-Catering
Monument Farm is a working essential oils farm situated on the R103 at Tweedie, opposite the Mandela Monument which mark...

Mountain Park Resort Hotel
Mountain Park Resort Hotel offers both a full hotel service and self-catering accommodation. There is plenty to occupy t...

Nelly's B&B
Nelly’s B&B offers a true township experience. Two double bedrooms and two single rooms are available ti visit...

Ngubane's B&B
Nonsikelelo explains how the business started: "I was approached by the Zulu Mpopheni Tourism Experience to offer guest...

Nombumiso's B&B
Nombumiso has a comfortable B&B in Mpophomeni equipped with double and twin beds, an attractive lounge and dining ro...

Nondo's B&B
Nondo’s B&B is located in Mpophomeni Township and offers a wonderful township experience. The B&B provides...

Ntombela B&B
Ntombela B&B offers two lovely rooms with double beds and warm blankets. The beds are decorated with colourful linen...

Nune's Tavern and B&B
Nune's B&B can accommodate eight people in comfortable and spacious rooms. Entertainment is a main theme at Nune's T...

Nutmeg B&B
Nutmeg B&B offers stylish, spacious and comfortable accommodation, with the choice of self-catering or B&B with...

Penny's B&B
Penny’s B&B has offers accommodation in two cottages. One cottage sleeps four people and the other two people....

Sibaya B&B (aka Siphumelele B&B)
Sibaya B&B started in 2006 and offers its guests a comfortable stay with clean linen and warm beds. Breakfast and tr...

Sibongile's B&B
Sibongile shares her home with visitors and invites them to enjoy the Mphophomeni Tourism Experience. She offers one dou...

Siyajabula Futhi B&B
Siyajabula Futhi B&B offers peace and tranquillity while being conveniently close to the N3 highway. Siyajabuka Fut...

Stella's B&B
Stella says that all tourists should experience staying in a township – because, contrary to popular belief, the t...

Stocklands Farm
Stocklands Farm is an early settler home (both Voortrekker and English) set on 10 acres of gardens and pastures. The old...

Sunbird Guesthouse
Situated 1.5km from the N3, Sunbird Guesthouse is a personal establishment offering graded accommodation in a beautiful...

The Bunkers
The Bunkers offers two semi-detached rooms with en-suite facilities and separate entrances. Each room accommodates two p...

The Francolin
Situated conveniently to the N3 highway (Howick/Underberg 617 exit), this guest accommodation offers the visitor a home...

The Garden Cottage
The Garden Cottage is placed centrally in Howick suburbia. It is within easy access of all facilities, i.e. retirement v...

The Millgate Complex
Millgate Cottage incorporates Millgate B&B, Millgate Cottages, The Glass Studio and Molehill Clothing. It is a famil...

40 Fraser Street B&B
Whether you are holidaying, visiting relatives or just passing through the KZN Midlands, let our warm hospitality take y...

   Arts & Crafts

Below is a list of arts and crafts outlets and projects on this route. Enquiries can be made directly with the business.

All Things Bright and Beautiful from Africa
André Watson, a talented artist, started ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful from Africa’, initially in...

Amakhabahle Beadwork Group
The group spesialises in beadwork and pottery.  They received a certificate for 'outstanding achievement' from the...

Crystal Haven
Crystal Haven School of Gemstone Healing is a small business run from a home, situated in Merrivale, just off the N2-eas...

Ingilosi Art
Ingilosi Art is not only a gallery but also a studio where you can watch the artist at work. Nicolette’s art offer...

Jenny's Antiques
Jenny’s Antiques’ show rooms are stocked with beautiful antique and cottage furniture, lovingly restored by...

Buchanan Interiors
Buchanan’s Interiors has been in operation since 1994, while the glass studio was started in 2000. Buchanan’...

Candles of Africa
Our candles are unique. All hand dipped. No two look the same. High quality wax and wicks; Very decorative; Long bu...

Craft Southern Africa
Craft Southern Africa is a curio store operating in the Agricultural Hall, one of Howick’s few remaining grand old...

NGI Vela E Africa
Items for sale: Arts and crafts; Howick Falls momentums; Beaded handcraft; Clay pots; Wall hangings; African art...

Poppy Magic
“I am Jill Charlotte, a web designer, artist and photographer. Poppy Magic is a new Iceland Poppy variety only ava...

Senzohuhle Women's Group
‘Senzokuhle’ means ‘we are doing well’. This women’s group started as part of a committee...

Siqondimpilo Leather Crafters
This Leather Craft group makes handbags and shoes which it sells directly to the public. This group is part of the Zulu...

The Bloo Monkey
The Bloo Monkey is a furniture and collectables shop located in the heart of Howick’s main tourism attraction, the...

The Weaver's Hut
The Weaver's Hut shop is situated in Howick and supports and promotes crafters from local communities. The Weaver's Hut...

Thubalethu Screen Printers
Thubalethu Screen Printers are situated in Mpophomeni Township.  They are known to sell the "best craft you can get...

Thuthukani
This business spesialises in all forms of arts and crafts. These include beadwork, sewing, embroyding on clothes, pillow...

Wire Craftwork
At the end of 1998, at the age of 18, Siyabonga completed Grade 10. As his family was in financial difficulties, he was...

Zulu Unique
Muvo Ngcobo, a gifted and handy craftsman, was born in Pietermaritzburg before moving to Howick. He creates beautiful ar...

   Attractions

Below is a list of attractions on this route. Bookings and enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Howick Museum
Howick Museum is located on Falls View Drive in Howick. The museum collection reflects the development of the village fr...

   Environment

Below is a list of environmental attractions on this route. Booking and enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Midmar Nature Reserve
Midmar Nature Reserve is situated 1km off the N3, 23km north of Pietermaritzburg and 4km from Howick. The reserve consis...

Qedindlala Gardening Group
To visit this fascinating community project, contact the Zulu Mpophomeni Tourism Experience office (also on this route)...

Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve
In the heart of the Midlands, lies a valley created by the Umgeni River after it tumbles over the impressive Howick Fall...

Zulu Celtic Spirit
Zulu Celtic Spirit was opened with the view to bring together various forms of healing.  Treatments on offer are a...

   Food & Drink

Below is a list of restaurants and other food and beverage outlets on this route. Bookings and enquiries can be made directly with the establishment.

Amy's Pizzeria and Coffee Shop
Alan and Amy took over an existing eating establishment and have succeeded in turning it into one of the most popular re...

Crusty Corner
Crusty Corner is a restaurant serving all day breakfasts, toasted sandwiches, lasagne and many more. They also have a la...

Delish Dish Restaurant
Delish Dish is a restaurant in Howick serving a wide range of dishes. There is plenty of parking and outside seating is...

Gorge View
Gorge View is a complex offering a garden restaurant, Bush Golf (putt-putt), a Gorge Walk (to the pool at the bottom of...

Harry Jacks Family Restaurant
Harry Jack’s Family Restaurant offers diners a wide choice of scrumptious starters, mouth watering main courses an...

Dovehouse Organic Farm Shop
Dovehouse Organics has a organic shop in Howick (at the premises of dietician and nutritionist, Tanya March, at 122 Main...

Nutmeg Bistro
Nutmeg Bistro is situated in Howick's beautifully restored old original Agricultural Hall. This is above the 'Howick Fal...

The Falls Rest Family Restaurant & Take-Aways
The Falls Rest is the newest addition to restaurants in Howick, KZN Midlands. It is located right next to the Howick Fal...

The Red Tap Pub & Grub
The Red Tap is an old English style pub and restaurant. There is a separate non-smoking area and secure parking.The...

The Sticky Fig Coffee Shop & Bistro
The Food: Wholesome and homemade, excellent presentation and generous proportions. Only fresh ingredients are used in al...

Ye olde Tarts Coffee Shop
This coffee shop offers charming intimate seating areas and a delightful sheltered garden with water features. In this a...

68 On Main Pub & Restaurant
Nestling behind tall trees at the lower end of Howick’s main street is an old house that has been lovingly restore...

   Services

Below is a list of services on this route. Enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Esinyomini Caterers
Hlengiwe explains how her business started: "I cooked at many functions and I was always praised for my skill.  My...

Fisherman's Fantasy
Fisherman’s Fantasy is located opposite the Engen Garage on Main Street in Howick. The shop is open 08:00-17:30 on...

Friend of the Footprint - Business Advisor
"We provide support to tourism related enterprises. Including but not limited to, business development, marketing, human...

Hangaboutz Hammocks
Hangaboutz Hammocks is owned and operated by Struan & Blake Gilson out of Howick which is situated in the heart of t...

Inkanyiso Day Care Centre
In 1999 a group of professionals ran a caregivers training course in Mpophomeni. They realised that there were many chil...

Spirit of Africa Taxidermy
Spirit of Africa Taxidermy goes back a long way, since 1950 in Canada and then Australia and from there South Africa. S...

Umusongaka Caterers
Umusongaka Caterers prepare tradional meals. The owner decided to start a catering business after she attended the trai...

Zenzeleni Community Centre
The Zenzeleni Community Centre is the focus of most of Mpophomeni’s community projects.  It is a place for pe...

 

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The uMngeni Footprints Route was named because it is located in the uMngeni Valley in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Midlands. The route region is known as the Gateway to the Midlands (the word uMngenena means ''the gateway'' in Zulu) as it comprises the southern portion of the Midlands area. The area is also renowned for the capture site of South Africa’s first democratically-elected president, Nelson Mandela. 

The route covers the two main towns of Howick and Mpophomeni – approximately twenty minutes’ drive north of Pietermaritzburg on the N3 national road. The two towns have such varying attractions between them that a stay of at least a few days is essential.

Reasons to visit

The route boasts a number of attractions such as the Howick Falls, the Howick Museum, the Mandela Memorial Site, the Zulu Mpophomeni Tourism Experience, a range of local craft and the Midmar Dam, all set in the beautiful surroundings of the KZN Midlands. 

Comrades Marathon
When:
1 June 2014
Where: Between Pietermaritzburg and Durban
Tel: +27 33 897 8650
Email: info@comrades.com
Website: www.comrades.com 
The Comrades Marathon, world’s greatest ultra-marathon, 89km long, is a South African institution, internationally recognised for the body-sapping challenge it poses and the camaraderie it fosters among its thousands of participants. Run between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, the race alternates annually between the up run from Durban and the down run from Pietermaritzburg.

The area around the Howick Falls was first settled permanently by James Archbell, a Wesleyan missionary. At the time, the main ford across the river was situated at Alleman’s Drift – about 1km upstream from the falls. By 1850, the route across the river and into the hinterland had been altered to be more convenient, although more dangerous, to just above the falls. This spot became increasingly important as the road linking the port of Durban to the hinterland.  

Today a modern bridge stands where once many travellers, oxen and horses were swept over the falls. There are several other waterfalls in the vicinity of Howick, including Cascade Falls (25m), Shelter Falls (37m) and the stunning Karkloof Falls (105m). The best place to observe the Howick Falls is from the viewing platform. The fit and energetic can brave the steep climb down into the gorge - the scene is impressive, but then so is the return climb!

Also of historical significance in the town is the Anglo-Boer War cemetery where both British and Boer graves are located and a memorial has been erected. The Laager Wall opposite the Howick Museum was built after the battle of Isandlwana in 1879 against a possible Zulu attack. A portion of the wall remains today as a monument.

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A route of diverse attractions at the gateway to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands including the towns of Mpophomeni and Howick.

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