Howick Museum – 033 239 9230
Looks back towards the future, curating local history and actively engaging the community and visitors. View some of the stories of the town and multiple narratives from people about settlement, life and change along the uMngeni River, on the edge of the magnificent landmark the Howick Falls. Mon-Fri 8.45am – 3.30pm. Sat 10am-1pm. Sun 10am – 3pm or by appointment.
Explores the founding of Mooi River, its history as a tented hospital during the Anglo-boer Wars, and its primary agricultural and sporting activities. Open Mon, Tues and Fri: 10am-12.30pm, Thurs: 2pm-4.30pm. Closed: Wed, weekends and public holidays
Looks at the history of this garrison settlement, established to protect settlers from Bushmen raiders. Open weekends and public holidays 10am – 4pm.
Wander down the railway line and explore the 7 locos that make Hilton Station their home. Marvel at the wonders of the public transport system of yesteryear. Open: Sat 9am-12pm. Call for bookings for photo shoots/ school tours.
Protected Areas Open Daily to the Public
Doreeen Clark Nature Reserve 033 343 3184
Fort Nottingham Reserve Public picnic site 033 266 6482
Giant's Castle Nature Reserve 036 353 3718
Highmoor Nature Reserve Entrance fee payable but also has a public picnic site 033 267 7240
Kamberg Nature Reserve Entrance fee payable but also has a public picnic site AND Rock Art 033 267 7521
Karkloof Nature Reserve 031 502 4043
Midmar Public Resort & Nature Reserve Entrance fee payable but also has a public picnic site 033 330 2067
Protected Areas NOT Open to the Public but may have accommodation or other facilities (phone ahead to enquire)
Bill Barnes Crane and Oribi Nature Reserve 084 779 5375
Blue Crane Nature Reserve 033 266 6965
Hilton College Nature Reserve 033 383 0100
Michaelhouse Nature Reserve 033 234 1000
ZuluWaters Game Reserve 036 352 0100
Other Natural Areas
Beacon Hill 033 330 4747
Craigie Burn Nature Reserve Entrance fee payable. 084 701 3467
Dargle Singisi Plantation Picnic Site Public picnic site: Pam 033 234 4322 (closed June-Oct)
Entabeni Education Centre 033 263 2441
Karkloof Falls Public picnic site. 033 330 2128 - Closed on occasion due to high fire danger index
Tillietudlem Game & Trout Lodge 033 234 9045 (phone ahead)
Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve Entrance fee payable but also has a public picnic site 033 330 3941
Local Art Groups
Professional arts group in the KZN Midlands.
Contact: Louise van Niekerk 033 266 6460, firstname.lastname@example.org
Howick Arts and Crafts Society with amateur and professional membership, workshops, demos, exhibitions.
Contact: Anna Pettifer (Sec) on 033 330 7198 or Yvonne Myburgh (Pres) on 084 382 6321.
Midlands Arts and Crafts Society: Arts and Crafts Courses, Workshops, Exhibitions, Craftshop.
Contact: 033 386 6500. Open: Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri: 8am - 4pm; Thur: 8am - 12pm; Sat: 8am - 2pm.
Address: 23 Haldane Road, Pelham, Pietermaritzburg.
Bill Barnes Nature Reserve