Rosetta, Natal Midlands

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.

Travellers' Reviews

2 Reviews from SA-Venues.com travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewgood

Rosetta is a small quaint village in the Midlands mode. It is well placed to visit local attractions and Gowrie Farm golf course.

December 2013

Dennis Brown (Scottburgh)

Verified reviewvery good

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 farming village and is definitely worth a visit.

June 2011

Jane (Pringle Bay)

In the vicinity

Hotels & other accommodation options

Things to do in the area

Noteworthy attractions

Find accommodation in Rosetta

FIND / South Africa Accommodation / KwaZulu Natal Accommodation / Natal Midlands Accommodation / Rosetta Accommodation

Rosetta as a destination

Want to stay overnight?

Number of Guests

Property Type

  • Secure your booking
Our Payment Protection Guarantee only applies if your deposit payment is made via SA-Venues.com
Destinations
  • Rosetta

SA-Venues.com has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest, independent online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.