Things To Do in Lions RiverFly Fishing at St Ives
Where? St Ives Hotel and Restaurant, R103, Old Main Road, Lions River, 3260, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu Natal
When? Booking is required for non-resident guests.
How? Call +27 (0)33 234-4490
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
More? See website
St Ives is an exquisite fly fishing estate situated in the heart of the Midlands, which is a natural treasure trove that is nestled within the beauty and bounty of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is within these idyllic surrounds that avid fishermen can enjoy the tranquillity of St Ives; escaping the hustle and bustle of city living and indulging in the fresh air and sunshine of the countryside.
This retreat is home to three separate dams, all of which are open to guests staying here. The trout- and bass-filled dam is open to day visitors as well as accommodation guests. Day visitors are required to pay only R100 per rod upon booking in advance, while guests of St Ives can use all three dams free of charge. The bass and tilapia fish species are available only on a catch-and-release basis while the trout are strictly catch only.
Once caught, St Ives will gut, clean and vacuum-pack the trout for visitors so that it can be enjoyed at leisure.
In addition to the excellent fishing conditions, St Ives also boasts 140 hectares of untouched landscapes, which are ideally experienced from the saddle of a mountain bike or on foot. There are a number of hiking and cycling trails to do just this, each of which shows off the prettiness and diversity to perfection. Be sure to look out for some of the many bird species along the way, as well as wild horses, antelope and even graceful swans.
St Ives is only 10 kilometres from Howick and seven kilometres from the gorgeous Midmar Dam. In addition, it is an hourís drive from the provinceís capital city, Durban, and the King Shaka International Airport. The awe-inspiring Drakensberg Mountains are only a two-hour drive from the serenity of these dams.