Lidgetton, Natal Midlands
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Close to Howick in the southern parts of the central Midlands, Lidgetton is little more than a quaint trading post that today boasts something of an artists’ community, a café and post office, as well as a surrounding township that has formed around Lidgetton.
The pretty pastoral idyll lies on the R103 in what is arguably one of the most appealing parts of KwaZulu Natal, lying as it does in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains - rolling, green hills so beautiful, yet so much a part of the terrain that one can become immune to their beauty a little too hastily. The other item of note, when it comes to Lidgetton, is its access. The little village manages to promise an immediate sense of getting away from it all - a winding down and beautiful surrounds - yet it is also right on the Midlands Meander, a quirky mix of over 150 places at which to eat, drink, sleep, shop and play; and close enough to Howick to warrant a visit to its famous falls.
Right in Lidgetton is the historical building of St Matthews, definitely worth a visit, whilst local trout fishing in dams and rivers around the Kamberg - about 30 minutes from Lidgetton - is reputed to be excellent. The Caversham Valley provides horse riding opportunities, whilst those after a round of golf have a choice of either Boschhoek or Sakubula golf course. And hiking on river and hill trails in the area never fails to fulfil the expectations of those who come here to drink in the green hills and meandering valleys.
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"We stumbled on Ledgetton when doing the Midlands Meander last year and were thoroughly impressed. Our first impression was of how very green and lush it was ..." - Irene, Kimberley
Featured Attractions in (or near) Lidgetton
The source of the uMngeni River lies in the uMngeni Vlei area, an ancient wetland bounded by hills. From here it meanders eastward through undulating pastoral countryside until just before Midmar Dam, where it is joined by the Lions River. Below Midmar Dam the river plunges some 111 metres down ... more information
Bosch Hoek Golf & Country Estate in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands must qualify as one of the most picturesque layouts in the country. The estate is conveniently positioned at Balgowan near Howick, just a four hour drive from Johannesburg or a leisurely one and a half hour drive from Durban. The course measures ... more information
Howick Falls' other name is KwaNogqaza, the 'place of the tall one', for obvious reasons – the waterfall is a 95 metre cascade into a broiling, restless pool, regarded by the local Zulus with grave superstition, and said to be the place of the spirits of ancestors. Local legend believes that in the pooll lives a giant ... more information
The Impendle Nature Reserve lies just south of the little town of Impendle, roughly 62 km west of Himeville, in the foothills of the Drakensberg. The nature reserve is made up of former farmland used mostly to graze cattle, but also to grow mielies and other vegetable crops, by colonists who ... more information
The enchantment of the Midlands has long inspired many a visitor and resident to creativity and as a result, local artists, potters and weavers combined to create an arts and crafts route in 1985, which was to become the highly successful and popular Midlands Meander. The route stretches ... more information
The large stretch of fresh water from the uMngeni, coupled with 1000 hectares of game park that contains red hartebeest, blesbok, reedbuck, black wildebeest, oribi and zebra, is what makes the Midmar Dam Nature Reserve so attractive. And the fact that it’s just 7 kilometres from Howick and 24 kilometres from ... more information
Sakabula Golf Club is a unique combination of agricultural smallholdings around a delightful 18-hole, par 73, golf course in a scenic rural environment. Sakabula Golf Club, situated in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, is an 18 hole, par 73 course consisting of two very distinct and different 9 holes. The first 9 holes ... more information
In the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands lies a valley created by the Umgeni River, after cascading over the majestic Howick Falls. The greater part of the Umgeni Valley nature reserve lies in the spectacular gorge below the Howick Falls, while the upper part is the fringe of a rolling plateau which has ... more information
Things To Do in Lidgetton