Umgeni Valley Reserve Howick Self Catering, Natal Midlands
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About Umgeni Valley Reserve

Umgeni Valley Reserve is home to giraffe, zebra and a variety of antelope. There is an indigenous tree trail surrounding the main Education Centre and self-guided walks mingling with the game animals in the beautiful Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve. A bird watchers paradise, with over 270 bird species to view throughout the year - see if you can spot the elusive Nerina Trogon or the Crowned Eagle. Butterflies abound in the reserve.

Self Catering Accommodation

CHALETS
There are 10 semi detached chalets that can accommodate two to four people per chalet. They are self contained and have electricity, a kitchenette, ablutions, and single beds with linen. Situated near the reserve entrance, they make an ideal stopover site. The Zebra are regular visitors to your verandahs.

COTTAGES
Three cottages situated 5km on a dirt road from the office, they over-look the spectacular Umgeni Valley. They have no electricity, but have gas appliances and solar lighting. They are an ideal getaway with convenient access to walking trails.

Mhlangeni Cottage:
Is a secluded two room cottage with four single beds, nestled between two streams. It looks across the escarpment onto the Dwarf’s Dawdle trail where Zebra and Blesbuck are common. There are two separate bedrooms with a bathroom and toilet and kitchenette. A braai area is available.

Hepburn Cottage:
Is a family cottage with large living room and fireplace. It has three bedrooms, sleeping six people in total. A shower, toilet and kitchenette are provided. The cottage is perched on the edge of the cliff line looking east over the Umgeni River towards Albert Falls Dam. In the summer, the sunrise is a sight to see, and in the winter the fireplace is most welcome. A braai area is available.

Anniversary Cottage:
Is a small comfortable double bed cottage situated close to the Hepburn Cottage. This cottage boasts a wonderful view. Its proximity to Hepburn Cottage allows larger family groups to flow over into Anniversary Cottage, whilst retaining its privacy.

All cottages are provided with:
• Gas stove
• Gas fridge with small freezer compartment
• Solar lighting - candles for dull days
• Crockery and cutlery
• Linen and towels
• Outside braai area - own firewood required.

Please Note:
Cottages are not serviced during one’s stay.

Self Catering Cottages
In addition to the Chalets and the Cottages above, Umgeni Valley can offer guests two self-catering units, namely:

The Baumann Cottage:
A single bedroom (double bed) thatch cottage situated fairly close to the Main Office.

The Garden Cottage:
A two bedroom family unit situated adjacent to the Chalets and Goldfields Centre. The main bedroom has a double bed and the second bedroom has two single beds. Excited visiting school children and Zebra are often close-by.

Attractions

It is central to the well known Midlands Meander - country treasures of arts, crafts, shops and restaurants. Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve has spectacular views of the Howick Falls, with Shelter Falls situated in a secluded valley within the nature reserve. Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve is close to Midmar Dam for power boating and sailing and the reserve is easily accessible being only 1km from Howick. Howick is on the main N3 route from Durban to Johannesburg - 30km from Pietermaritzburg, 120km from Durban and 500km from Johannesburg.

Walking Trails
There are six walking trails at Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve - Shelter Falls Trail, Inkonka Trail, Black Eagle Trail, Grasslands Trail, Rietspruit Trail and Dwarf's Dawdle Trail. There is also an Auto trail - there are 11 numbered markers dotted along the road into the nature reserve. Each point has a corresponding number in the Auto trail booklet which will offer some interpretation / information about that particular point. The drive is about 6km each way.

Flora and Fauna
There are plenty of tree, mamals and birds that can be found in the nature reserve. An Indigenous Tree Trail is located around the offices and is for people who cannot manage the demands of the valley trails. A booklet to guide and inform you can be purchased at a nominal price.

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Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Cleaning materials supplied
  • Desk
  • Fireplace
  • Heater(s)
  • Kitchenette (semi-equipped)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Television (with satellite)

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Garden(s)
  • Housekeeping (periodic)
  • Parking (off street)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Smoking: none indoors

Food & Drink

  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee

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Rooms & Rates

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1 Bedroomed Chalet

2 Single beds with linen and towels. Kitchenette, shower, braai area and verandah. Two-plate stove with oven, fridge, crockery and cutlery, linen and towels. Has electricity. Situated near the reserve entrance. Own firewood required.

Qty: 10
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-18 years are allowed

2 Bedroom Mhlangeni Cottage

2 Bedroom cottage with 4 single beds. Shared bathroom and kitchenette. Gas stove, gas fridge, gas lights, crockery and cutlery, linen and towels. Braai area - own firewood required. Situated 5km inside the reserve on a 4x4 road. No electricty.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 4 adults)
Children: from 0-18 years are allowed

3 Bedroom Hepburn Family Cottage

3 bedroom cottage with 6 single beds, a large living room and fireplace, shower and kitchenette. Gas stove, gas fridge, gas lights, crockery and cutlery, linen and towels. Situated 5km in the reserve on a 4x4 road. Braai area - own firewood required.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 6 guests (max 6 adults)
Children: from 0-18 years are allowed

1 Bedroom Anniversary Cottage

A double bed cottage. Lounge, kitchenette and shower. Gas stove, gas fridge, gas lights, crockery and cutlery, linen and towels. Braai area - own firewood required. Situated 5km inside the reserve on a 4x4 road.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-18 years are allowed

3 Bedroom Garden Family Cottage

3 bedroom family cottage. All three bedrooms with twin beds. Open plan lounge and kitchenette, shower, stove, fridge, crockery and cutlery, linen and towels. Braai area - own firewood required. Has Electricity. Situated near the Reserve entrance.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 6 guests (max 6 adults)
Children: from 0-18 years are allowed

1 Bedroom Honeymoon Baumann Cottage

A double bed cottage near the reserve entrance. Open plan lounge and kitchenette with a shower. Stove, fridge, crockery and cutlery, linen and towels. Braai area - own firewood required. Has Electricity.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-18 years are allowed

Guest Reviews

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

Verified reviewexcellent

Having previously visited as a day visitor, it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to spend 5 days and nights at the reserve. We had a most enjoyable relaxed and peaceful few days at Umgeni Valley, which we shared during the days with my daughter from Sunfield home. The staff are efficient, friendly and extremely helpful. We hope to visit again next year.

March 2018

Neil McArthur (Montagu, Western Cape)

Verified reviewexcellent

We absolutely loved the resort in its entirety, from the accommodation, hiking trails and wildlife. Good one WESSA!

April 2017

Colinand Janine Saffer (Johannesburg)

Need to Know

Response timeUmgeni Valley Reserve typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.

Closest airport(s)
Pietermaritzburg Airport - 40km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 14h00
Check-out by 10h00

Exceptions to check-in/out times may be arranged, please enquire.

Payment methods accepted by the propertyVisa, Mastercard, EFT or secure online payment via SA-Venues.com

Listed on SA-Venues.com since July 2012

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