Midmar Dam

Midmar Dam

The Midmar Dam Nature Reserve situated near the KwaZulu Natal Midlands towns of Howick and Pietermaritzburg, is fed by the Umgeni river, and incorporates the dam, various recreational activities, and a nature reserve. The Nature reserve covers an area of one thousand hectares, consisting mainly of open grasslands. The Midmar Dam reserve is home to a variety of wildlife which includes red hartebeest, black wildebeest, blesbok, reedbuck, oribi and zebra. A variety of smaller nocturnal mammals can also be seen in the reserve, and include Porcupine, White tailed Mongoose, Aardvark, Black-backed Jackal, Slender Mongoose and Serval.

The area is also a well known bird watching destination, which is home to long and impressive list of species which include

White-breasted Cormorant, Red-billed Teal, Spur winged Goose, Goliath Heron, and South African Shelduck. Grassland species include Black-winged and Crowned Lapwings, Denham's Bustard, the Red-winged Francolin, African Pipit, Long-tailed and Fan-tailed Widowbird, and Cape Longclaw. The KwaZulu Natal Midlands also allows for excellent opportunities to view a variety of Raptors, which include the Black-shouldered Kite, African Fish-Eagle, Black Sparrowhawk, Long-crested Eagle, and African Marsh Harrier.

Both the dam and the reserve are managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, which also offer accommodation at the dam in the form of various chalets, log cabins and a number of campsites. Visitors to the dam are provided with scenic campsites, and braai facilities situated along the tranquil shoreline. The dam is always a hive of activity, with many forms of watersports regularly undertaken, including windsurfing, canoeing, boating and fishing. Also at Midmar visitors can hire bicycles, windsurfers, canoes and yachts as well as launch tours and sunset cruises which can be booked by prior arrangement. Midmar Dam is also the location of the Heley Midmar Yacht Club, which hosts many Provincial and National Regatta's throughout the year.

Midmar Dam also host the annual Midmar Mile, which is the world's largest open water swimming competition. The race was first held in 1973, and hosted a field of one hundred and fifty three competitors, though the first female entries were only in 1975. The number of entries have increased significantly over the years approaching a total of twenty thousand swimmers, as well as competitors from abroad.

The Midmar Dam is renowned among the angling community for its excellent fishing and regular catches of carp, bass, scalies and bluegill are landed. Visitors wishing to fish at Midmar Dam need to have a freshwater fishing license which can be obtained at the office on the way in through the gates. Located near the office is also a curio shop which sells various souvenirs, and refreshments.

The dam is also conveniently situated in the middle of the Midlands Meander, which is an association of rural businesses selling curios, art, crafts, foodstuffs and furniture as well as providing restaurants and accommodation.

Accommodation Near Midmar Dam

Sleeps: 18 in 3 units/rooms
From R 390,00
Per person, per night sharing.

A Nutty Lane

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Howick

3.5km North of Midmar Dam

A NUTTY LANE is three, modern self-catering cottages, set on the banks of a picturesque dam surrounded by birds, horses and two potbelly pigs.

From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Impangele B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Howick

3.6km North East of Midmar Dam

Impangele Bed and Breakfast is just a few minutes from the Howick North/Tweedie offramp from the N3 highway between Johannesburg and Durban. There are no long off-road treks to find our little piece of heaven, where rolling lawns.

Sleeps: 28 in 3 units/rooms
From R 360,00
Per person, per night sharing.


Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dargle

3.7km South West of Midmar Dam

Hillhouse Accommodation was featured in Elle Decoration - The Country Issue June/July 2013. Also in House and Leisure - The Travel Issue, 101 Dream escapes in May 2015. Again in Getaway mag 2015 and Midlands life in 2008.

Sleeps: 18 in 5 units/rooms
From R 295,00
Per unit, per night.

The Dwarf Chameleon

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Howick

5.2km East of Midmar Dam

We have four separate units, two family units both with two single beds and a queen, and then two double rooms with a queen and two single beds in the 4th. Each are decorated with an ethnic feel and the mask artifacts coming from deep within Afric

Sleeps: 6 in 3 units/rooms
From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Leafy Lane

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Howick

5.4km North East of Midmar Dam

Leafy Lane is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac approximately 3 Kms from the N3 Highway. It consists of two bed sitting rooms and are fully equipped with double door fridge freezers, microwave, mini stove, toaster and kettle.

Sleeps: 6
From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Pumula Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Lions River

5.6km North West of Midmar Dam

Situated 10 minutes from Howick & also Midmar Dam - it is 1 km down the Dargle Valley Road off the R103 one kilometer after the Lions River bridge. The roads are all tarred except for the final 100 metres.

Sleeps: 46 in 18 units/rooms
From R 1 500,00
Per unit, per night.

St Ives

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Lions River

6.1km North West of Midmar Dam

St Ives Lodge and Venue is situated in the heart of the Lions River Valley in the KZN Midlands. This 140-hectare Family Owned & Managed Estate offers something for everyone. The Estate Boasts A Luxury Lodge with Wild Animals Roaming the Grounds...

Sleeps: 42
From R 520,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Howick Falls Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Howick

6.2km North East of Midmar Dam

Located in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, just 24kms from Pietermaritzburg, is the town of Howick, named after the Secretary for State for the Colonies, Henry Grey, who had recently acquired the title of Lord Howick. Here you will find the Howick ...

Corrie Lynn Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dargle

6.3km South West of Midmar Dam

If you need a private and quiet spot where you can contemplate life, write your memoirs or just relax, then this is the place for you. Corrie Lynn Cottage is situated on a rambling 125 year old farm in the Dargle. There are beautiful views over ...

Sleeps: 22 in 6 units/rooms
From R 385,00
Per unit, per night.

Amberleigh Guest Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Lions River

6.4km North West of Midmar Dam

Amberleigh Guest Farm is a working farm situated in the Kwa Zulu Natal midlands 12km outside Howick, easily accessible from the N3 highway.