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New Hanover, Natal Midlands

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New Hanover is a small farming community town just north east of the Albert Falls Dam. It lies on Route 33 between Pietermaritzburg and Greytown.

There's little to the town to merit a stop. A general dealers called Mafutas, which does have a Standard Bank ATM, might warrant a detour but otherwise there is only the local independent preparatory school, a post office, a community centre and the odd shop.

In the old days when New Hanover was originally established, the town would have functioned as a necessary halfway coach stop, with tired travellers staying overnight at the Travellers Rest Inn, recently restored and renamed The Travellers Rest.

New Hanover is not the only village in the area of German origin. Wartburg, Harburg, Lillienthal, Kirchdorf, Hermannsburg and Shroeders are all in the Midlands. And whilst this Wartburg lacks the World Heritage Site and castle that its European counterpart boasts, there are other beautiful places to visit in the area.

Karkloof Nature Reserve, just 48km north west of New Hanover, is a birder's paradise, due in no small part to the mistbelt forest, mistbelt grassland and indigenous forest of the 2800ha reserve.

The added bonus is sightings of several highly threatened species – the Cape parrot, southern ground hornbill, all three crane species, oribi and the Karkloof blue butterfly, as well as several grassland flowers and indigenous trees.

Include a stop at Albert Falls Dam and game reserve for the variety of birds, fishing or motor-boating.

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Albert Falls Dam Nature Reserve

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

Craigie Burn Nature Reserve

Just on the other side of Route 622, which links Mooi River with Greytown, from the Karkloof Nature Reserve you will find Craigie Burn Nature Reserve and Dam. The dam is touted as a beautiful fishing spot in the midst of dairy and stock farming country just north of the Midlands Meander. Craigie Burn dam is one of few ... more information

Doreen Clark Nature Reserve

For those that love South African nature and the outdoors, the Doreen Clark Nature Reserve offers all of this and more. Situated just outside Pietermaritzburg, this nature reserve spans seven hectares and boasts a magnificent forest that is bordered by pristine grassland ... more information

Midlands Meander

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

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