13 August 2012 by Roy Barford

The uMngeni Footprint Route

Fly to Durban, rent a car and head for the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Within 90 minutes you’ll find yourself seemingly in the middle of nowhere, but with so many things to do.

The Karkloof Canopy Tour: 1 reason to explore the uMngeni Footprint Route

If you've seen the film Spud, with John Cleese, and liked the look of the natural scenery featured in the cinematography, you should make plans to visit the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where the story is set. It's a fantastic area that produces fantastic people ... such as myself. 

The uMngeni Footprint Route, plotted out by Open Africa, is a great self-drive option for anyone wanting to visit the area. Check out an interactive map of the route, which will help you with your planning.

Howick Falls didn’t quite become as famous as Loch Ness, but the legend nonetheless attracted thousands of visitors to the town and remains a popular joke in the area.


										Tubing is a popular summer activity in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Photo courtesy Daz Smith

The main town on the uMngeni Footprint Route is Howick, home to natural landmarks such as the 95m-high Howick Falls and the uMngeni River. 

Back in the 1990s, a crafty local businessman announced that he'd seen a huge monster at the foot of the falls and offered a financial reward for anyone who could produce photographic evidence of this beast.

Howick Falls didn't quite become as famous as Loch Ness, but the legend nonetheless attracted thousands of visitors to the town and remains a popular joke in the area. The financial reward was never claimed. 

Below are my top 3 suggested activities for the area, across various categories.

Culture and heritage

  1. Visit Mphophomeni township
  2. Discover where Nelson Mandela was captured by the apartheid government in 1962
  3. Pop into the Howick Museum at Howick Falls

Adventure

  1. Abseil down Howick Falls
  2. Go waterskiing on Midmar Dam
  3. Try the Karkloof Canopy Tour (see video below)

Shopping

  1. Explore a range of boutique stores at Piggly Wiggly on the R103
  2. Sample a range of affordable leather products at Groundcover in Curry's Post
  3. Barter and bargain with craftsmen at Howick Falls

Golf

  1. Try stay out of the water at Sakabula Golf Club
  2. Have a quick round of adventure golf at Howick Falls
  3. Enjoy the generous fairways at Bosch Hoek Golf Club

For more information on the uMngeni Footprint Route, in terms of what to do and where to stay, visit the Open Africa website. For local advice, you can also contact Jenny Uzzell by phoning +27 (0)72 874 5347.

Category: Routes & Trails


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