About Midmar Dam Nature Reserve

The Midmar Dam Nature Reserve is just 7 kilometres from Howick and 24 kilometres from Pietermaritzburg.

Did you know? The annual Midmar Mile swim gains its name from it's location (the Midmar Dam) and it's distance (+/- one mile).

The large stretch of fresh water from the uMngeni, coupled with 1000 hectares of game park that is home to red hartebeest, blesbok, reedbuck, black wildebeest, oribi and zebra, is what makes the Midmar Dam Nature Reserve so attractive.

Day visitors find shady picnic spots along the shoreline of the dam and braai facilities that make picnicking at Midmar Dam Nature Reserve such a pleasure. Water sports abound, swimming is fun for everyone, although sticking to the shoreline is probably a good idea with all of the boat activity.

The Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swimming event, sees some of the strongest swimmers in the country compete to swim the dam in record time. First swum in 1973, 153 competitors entered the event. By 1981 entries began to top 3000 and by 2003, there were 16 050 entries, including overseas competitors.

The Midmar Dam is renowned for its fishing and carp, bass, scalies and bluegill are plentiful although one needs a freshwater fishing licence, which you can pick up at the office on your way in through the gates.

The Midmar Dam is zoned for yachts and powerboats and sticking to these zones is imperative for the safety of everyone. People also windsurf, canoe and mountain bike around the dam. Below the dam, which overflows during the rainy season, the uMngeni plunges over the Howick falls and into the uMngeni valley, to continue on its way to the Indian Ocean.

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WhereMidmar Dam Nature Reserve, Howick, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

WhenBest during daylight hours.

OvernightStay in Howick Accommodation, KwaZulu Natal


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