Lions River, Natal Midlands
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The little hamlet of Lions River lies between Lidgetton and Howick right in the heart of the Natal Midlands about an hour’s drive from Durban; a tiny modest ‘if you blink you might miss it’ village, with not much beyond a trading store to lure you to stop.
But Lions River is a lot more than the tiny village. From Lions River there are gorgeous views over the Dargle Valley and conservancy that offer an element of country charm that is the midlands of KwaZulu Natal - mistbelt grassland, rivers, dam, veld and an incredible array of bird life all contribute to the splendour. As part of a conservancy, the Dargle Valley has set out to protect the natural beauty and biodiversity in a bid to ensure that it remains for future generations. With this in mind, a coalition of people living here avidly promote conservation and try to maintain the rural character of the valley and its surrounds.
When it comes to things to do, the Trading Post in Lions River is worth the aforementioned stop for its collectables and antique furniture, whilst Howick is only 10 minutes away and offers restaurants, bars, shops, and the beckoning invitation of the Howick Falls. The Midlands Meander is right on your doorstep and the Karkloof Canopy tours is worth the effort to cross to the other side of the N3 to the top of the Karkloof Valley from where you launch yourself through the forest canopy via platforms built up in the trees.
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"I think Lions River is nice for people who don't like tourist places. There's not much to do here, but most tourists we meet like the views - they always ..." - Dorcas, Lions River
Featured Attractions in (or near) Lions River
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
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 Gorge Walk at Howick Falls is probably one of the best ways to see some pretty spectacular views of the falls and the gorge, through which the uMngeni River flows, some 20 kilometres north of Pietermaritzburg, to the east of the N3. It is easy to follow and not difficult to do, but will take you ... 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
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
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