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The Howick Falls

Howick is a town of 22,000 people (2011) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The town is the location of Howick Falls, which is a large waterfall that occurs when the Umgeni River falls 95 metres (311 feet) over dolerite cliffs on its way to the Indian Ocean.

Get in[edit]

On the N3 150 km from Durban take any of the 3 marked exits.

The easiest N3 exit into Howick is the "Tweedie/Howick" exit - the furthest one from Durban, first one from further inland - as the road in has no "speed bumps". The other two exits lead into Howick over several of these which could be detrimental to low-slung cars!

Get around[edit]

By car.


  • Howick Falls. A 94-m-high waterfall in the Umgeni river. The falls and surrounding area is a National monument and there is a 2-hour hiking trail (Gorge Walk) to the pools at the base of the falls.
  • Mandela Monument (follow the R103 towards Lions River for about 10 km). A commemorative plinth marking the place where Nelson Mandela was arrested on August 5, 1962, leading to his conviction and longterm prison sentence, before becoming president of South Africa.
  • The Howick uMngeni Museum, . Interesting but small. M-F 8:45AM-12:30PM, 1:30-3:30PM; Sa 10AM–1PM; Su 10AM–3PM.



Crafts, including handwoven carpets. Check out the Visitors Book in the shops though as there are good comments here relating to pricing


  • The Original Pancake Cafe, 2 Fallsview Road, +27 33 330-6377, . Open 9AM to 4:30PM daily, closed on Tuesdays. The pancake shop is recommended!
  • Red Tap Pub, 5 Harvard St, +27 33 330-8045. Serves excellent, and reasonably prices, English style pub grub.



  • Stocklands Farm Bed and Breakfast, +27 33 330-5225, . A 150-year-old stone house with original yellowwood ceilings and doors offers accommodation to travellers from all over the world.
  • The Lodge @ Currys Post, +27 33 330-6802. Check-in: 1PM, check-out: 10AM. Central to the Midlands Meander, the 40-hectare farm is a-top a hill, surrounded by pine and gum plantations, as well as natural forests, with sweeping 180-degree views of the Karkloof mountains. Homemade biscuits, chocolates and fresh flowers add a special touch in each room. Family run business.

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