Rosetta, Natal Midlands
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Rosetta is one of those little villages that, until recently, would have been relegated to a passing glance as you drove through it, on the way to elsewhere. Originally the area was dominated by the Rosetta Farm, granted by the Crown in 1861, and the village possibly resulted from the colonial farm pioneering boom that took place at the time in Natal. One can only hazard a guess that the local Mooi River, when in flood, reminded farmers of the Rosetta branch of the Nile, where the mighty river divides north of Cairo.
Today, Rosetta serves the surrounding smallholdings with little more than a small village mall, which includes a little shopping centre. But one doesn’t come to Rosetta to shop. The dramatic views of the Drakensberg from here, and the ‘far from the madding crowd’ country getaway that it offers, are what draw people to Rosetta.
The hillsides surrounding Rosetta come alive during spring and summer with abundant wild flowers; the cold autumns are an array of burnt orange and amber; and crisp, chilly winters offer a frost-laden air with snow-capped peaks in the distance and sometimes snow on the ground. Some of the most spectacular waterfalls in KwaZulu Natal grace this part of the world, and when staying in Rosetta, one is less than an hour’s drive from Giant’s Castle.
The Kamberg Nature Reserve can be reached along the Kamberg Road from Rosetta, where birdlife is the main attraction, including waterside birds at close range. The walks are interesting too, but the reserve is best known for its trout fishing.
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"Rosetta would be a little too quiet for an extended holiday, in my opinion, but really is quite spectacular. It feels like a typical little South African ..." - Jane, Pringle Bay
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Featured Attractions in (or near) Rosetta
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
The Kamberg Nature Reserve is within the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park of South Africa and is situated centrally in the foothills of the mountains. Kamberg is known for its excellent fly fishing and recently a Bushman Rock Art Site has been opened to the public. The Kamberg Nature Reserve nestles in the ... 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
Things To Do in Rosetta