Boston

Boston lies at the heart of the Midlands, some 40 km from the town of Bulwer. The first whites to claim these lands were the Boers, who began logging the indigenous trees in the area to build their “capital” at a site 60 km away. The British later took possession of the area, including the […]

Bulwer

Proclaimed in 1885, Bulwer was named for the Lieutenant-Governor of Natal at that time, Sir Henry Bulwer. It lies at the foot of Mahwega Mountain. Adventure And Sport Hang-gliding and Paragliding: Mahweqa Mountain,( “the Frowning One”)is a good spot for gliders to learn and practise the skills necessary for this sport. Fully accredited courses are […]

Greytown

Greytown was established in the 1850s and followed the grid layout pattern first employed in the establishment of Pietermaritzburg. This circumstance led to it being called “Umgungundhlovana” (Place of the Little Elephant) by the local Zulu population, in reference to the Zulu nickname for Pietermaritzburg, “Umgungundhlovu” (Place of the Elephant). The town is named for […]

Howick

Europeans adventurers first laid eyes on the spectacular Howick Falls in the early nineteenth century when transport riders and wagon trains forged routes inland from the coast. James Archbell, When horse-drawn traffic past the area increased rapidly, he donated a portion of his land to establish a much-needed village. The hamlet was named Howick, from […]

Ixopo

The name of this charming little town refers to the sound that cattle make while squelching through mud. It was established in 1878 in the valley of the stream that gave the town its name. It was originally called Stuartstown after the District Magistrate but subsequently changed to Ixopo Adventure And Sport Hiking Trails: Various […]

Karkloof

The Karkloof area was occupied long ago by ancient San hunter-gatherers, followed by Iron Age settlers before being colonised by British immigrants during the 1850s. Adventure And Sport Karkloof Polo Club: The Polo Club (found in about 1897) is one of the few, if not the only, polo clubs in Africa to boast three playing […]

Kranskop

Kranskop was founded in 1894 and first named Hopetown. As there was already a town of that name in the Great Karoo, the name of the town was changed to Kranskop. Hundreds of wide-eyed prospectors once descended on the settlement in search of fame and fortune. Unfortunately, the ‘gold’ turned out to be iron pyrites […]

Mooirivier

The name of the town means ‘beautiful river’ and it aptly describes the town’s charming surroundings. The town developed on the farm Mooirivier, which belonged to JN Boshoff, who was later to become President of the Orange Free State. This town is conveniently located on the principal road and rail routes between Johannesburg and Durban. […]

Nottingham Road

When English settlers began exploring the interior of Natal during the 1830s, the governors of the colony began allocating generous tracts of land to pioneers. Cattle farms, sheep farms and horse studs were started and in 1856, Fort Nottingham was erected to protect the settlers against San stock raiders. The village that developed besides the […]

Pietermaritzburg

The name of the town is derived from the combination of the names of two important Voortrekker leaders, Pieter Retief and Gerrit Maritz. Pietermaritzburg was proclaimed the capital of the Voortrekker Republic of Natalia in 1838. When the republic ceased to exist after the British occupation in 1842, the town became the capital of the […]