Attractions IN/AROUND Donnybrook

Mountain Passes

Hela Hela Pass

Hela Hela Pass, sometimes written Helehele or Hella Hella, is a gravel road that links Richmond with Creighton in KwaZulu-Natal. Its name is thought to come from the Zulu iHela iHela, which translates as 'single file only' referring to the path local ...

Game Reserves / Nature Reserves

Highover Wildlife Sanctuary

Surrounded by steep rocky hills, Highover is set on 3 000 hectares of some of the most incredibly scenic land, in the area known as Hella Hella. The sanctuary includes a number of habitats – savannah, mist-belt forests, mist-belt grasslands and valley ...

Forests / Mountain Reserves / Nature Reserves

Marutswa Forest

The Marutswa Forest is home to the rare Cape parrot. The forest does not lie in the Cape, however, but just outside the little village of Bulwer in KwaZulu-Natal in the Marutswa Nature Reserve. Which gives you an idea of where to find it, but not how ...

Mountain Reserves / Popular Tourist Routes

Mkhomazi Wilderness Area

Mkhomazi Wilderness refers to a large section of the southern central parts of uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Centre) that is regarded as one of the few spaces in the country where you can hike for days without coming across another ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Forests

Xumeni Forest

The mistbelt forest known as Gqumeni, or Xumeni Forest, is a patch of afromontane forest 2 km west of Donnybrook in the Underberg. Gqumeni is exceptional not only for its beauty but also because it has withstood the plundering of yellowoods that is the ...

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Popular Tourist Routes

Albert Falls Amble

The Amble, also sometimes referred to as the Albert Falls Amble, is a complementary route to the Midlands Meander and Boston Beat. The route markets itself as 'the road less travelled'. But where the Midlands Meander is an arts and crafts route that ...

Nature Reserves

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 ...

Entertainment / Landmarks / Miscellaneous

Alexandra Park

Alexandra Park is one of the green belts which contributes to Pietermaritzburg’s reputation as “The Garden City”. The park was established in 1863 and named after Queen Alexandra, wife of Edward VII. The 85 hectare park is bounded by the Msunduzi River, ...

Popular Tourist Routes

Battlefields Route

The KwaZulu Natal hinterland has witnessed some of the most brutal and significant battles to be fought in South Africa. These historical sites form part of the Battlefields Route, a trip through 14 historical towns whose surrounding areas boast the ...

Nature Reserves

Bisley Valley Nature Reserve

One of the lesser-known reserves around Pietermaritzburg, even to the locals, Bisley Valley Nature Reserve is a beautiful spot to which to retreat from the world for a picnic, or a morning of bird-spotting. The reserve is 350 hectares of thornveld and ...

Golf Courses

Bosch Hoek Golf Club

Bosch Hoek Golf Course in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands must qualify as one of the most picturesque layouts in the country. The estate is conveniently positioned at Balgowan near Howick, just a four hour drive from Johannesburg or a leisurely one and a half ...

Memorials / National Monuments

Burger Street Jail

The Burger Street Jail was closed in 1989 and sections of the jail are open today for tours. The building is now run by Project Gateway, a Christian self-help project, and features a craft shop and coffee shop. The original jail was built in 1862, ...

Landmarks

Church Street

Church Street in Pietermaritzburg has been converted into an attractive pedestrian shopping mall. The African Arts and Craft Centre in Fraser Lane specialises in traditional and contemporary work, including sculpture, hand-woven rugs and tapestries, ...

Nature Reserves

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 ...

Nature Reserves

Dargle Conservancy

The Dargle Conservancy is about protecting and conserving the wonderful array of plants and animals that can be found in the region, showcasing them to local and international visitors, and promoting their care to and for the younger generations. As ...

Donnybrook as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

Albert Falls, Balgowan, Baynesfield, Boston, Bulwer, Currys Post, Dargle, Estcourt, Eston, Fort Nottingham, Greytown, Hidcote, Hilton, Howick, Ixopo, Karkloof, Lidgetton, Lions River, Merrivale, Mid Illovo, Mooi River, Nottingham Road, Pietermaritzburg, Richmond, Rosetta, Wartburg

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