Melmoth Nearby Attractions
The small town of Melmoth is situated in a lush green mist belt 800m above
sea-level 50 kilometres south of Ulundi, capital city of Kwa Zulu Natal.Melmoth
was established in 1887 after the annexation of Zululand by the United Kingdom.
The town is named after Sir Melmoth Osborn, who was the commissioner of Zululand
at the time.
Vehicle license plates in Melmoth start with NO -the "N" being for Natal, and
the "O" from the name Osborn. Large wattle plantations were set up in the area,
and later in 1926 a wattle bark factory was established,transforming the area
into what is now a long established trading and agricultural centre, with an
emphasis on timber. Also in the area are many commercial citrus and avocado
farms, which produce for both the local and the export markets.
Melmoth has been said to have the cleanest air in the country, making it an
ideal, though slightly cold destination for outdoor activities,The area contains
one of the largest conservancies in KwaZulu-Natal, which covers an approximate
area of 85,000 hectares.The Melmoth Conservancy was placed in the top three in
the South African Conservation Awards and top in Natal.The district is
absolutely full of animals and the most extraordinary of bird types making the
area a major bird sanctuary of the Zululand Birding Route. Popular activities in
the area include hiking and fishing at the nearby Phobane lake which was
constructed on the uMhlatuze River by the Department of Water Affairs more than
25 years ago, in order to provide water to Richards bay. As many as 24 different
species of fish have been identified in Phobane Lake.Cultural experiences in the
area include a visit to the Simunye Zulu lodge situated in the Mfule river
valley.There also exists a unique trail passing through the Zululand Wilderness,
where guests can travel on horse back, ox wagon and donkey cart, thereby
experiencing a mixture of pioneering Voortrekker and Zulu cultures, although the
facilities at the end of the trail are more in keeping with the comfort expected
by the modern tourist.