In the 'hood, Ixopo as a destination

Ixopo is the main centre of the Southern Midlands and forms part of an important sugar farming, and forestry area. Although originally called 'Stuartstown', the original Zulu name 'Ixopo' has prevailed. This charming town is not a major tourism 'hub' which makes Ixopo particularly attractive to those seeking to get away from it all. The surrounding countryside is breath-taking and there are ... cont.

Sutherland Farm, Ixopo, South Coast, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Directions to King's Grant Country Retreat

Coming from Johannesburg, bypass Pietermaritzburg and take the Market Road Off-ramp (last one into Pietermaritzburg), continue along this road past the first set of robots and glide left onto CB Downes Rd. Continue to robot intersection with Murray Rd, turn right onto Murray Rd and travel along it until it joins with the R56 to Richmond/ Ixopo. Turn left onto the R56 and travel along this road for approx. 84.6 km where you will reach the crossroads at the intersection with the R612. Turn left onto the R612 and continue to turnoff for King’s Grant.

Coming from Durban towards Pietermaritzburg, take the R56 off-ramp for Ixopo/Richmond near Camperdown. Travel along this road for approx. 11 km until it intersects with the R56. Turn left onto the R56 and continue until you reach the crossroads outside Ixopo. Turn left onto the R612, and continue to turnoff for King’s Grant.

Travel along this freeway from Durban until you get to the R612 off ramp at Park Rynie. Turn right across the bridge onto the R612 and continue along this road for 80 km (total distance ex Park Rynie to Ixopo is 83 km). Approximately 3 km before it intersects with the R56 outside Ixopo, start looking out for the turnoff on the right to King’s Grant. We do have signs up as well. Travel along this dirt road until you reach the turnoff for King’s Grant.

Amenities in the area

  • Bank and/or ATM (6 km)
  • Dry Cleaner (6 km)
  • Grocery Store (6 km)
  • Internet Café (6 km)
  • Laundromat (6 km)
  • Post Office (6 km)
  • Airport (200 km)


  • Bird watching
  • Fishing
  • Galleries / museums
  • Golf course(s)
  • Hiking trails
  • Rowing / canoeing

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