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Midmar Resort is situated on the shores of the Midmar Dam within the Midmar Nature Reserve close to the town of Howick in KwaZulu-Natal. It is about a one and half hour drive from Durban and five hours from Johannesburg via the N3.

Midmar Resort is situated within easy reach of most other KwaZulu-Natal Midlands attractions, such as the well-known and popular Midlands Meander.

The game park is stocked with a variety of game species such as red hartebeest, black wildebeest, zebra, blesbok, reedbuck and oribi.

Midmar is the premier destination in KwaZulu-Natal for a wide range of water sports, camping and related activities. The Midmar Nature Reserve conserves large tracts of rolling grasslands that support herds of various antelope and many bird species.

Midmar enjoys a tranquil and peaceful setting ideal for a relaxing getaway from the bustle of the bigger cities. Midmar Resorts wide lawns and scenic setting provides an ideal venue for weddings and similar events.

Midmar Dam, a popular recreational destination, is situated off the N3, 24 km from Pietermaritzburg and 7 km from Howick. The reserve is 2 857 ha in extent. It would classify as the perfect destination for a midweek or weekend holiday.

This tranquil setting provides opportunities for a wide variety of sporting activities, including watersports, cycling, walking, game viewing, angling or just lying back at one of the many picnic sites. See details of activities that can be enjoyed within the Midmar Dam Nature Reserve.

General info

  • All essential supplies are available from Howick.
  • Fuel is available 2 km from the main gate.
  • No pets of any kind are permitted in the reserve.
  • Certain sections of the reserve may be closed to the public and certain activities prohibited at any given time, should this be deemed necessary. Please do not deviate from the roads in the game reserve.
  • Firearms and any other weapons must be declared on entry into the reserve.
  • The reserve gates are closed to day visitors between sunset and sunrise. This does not apply to visitors occupying chalets, rustic cabins or campsites, who have 24-hour access.

Accommodation:

Chalets

Thirty-two fully-equipped, (including a six-bedded chalet especially equipped for the handicapped) provide comfortable and attractive accommodation overlooking the dam.
All chalets have DSTV.
In addition there are 16 four bedded rustic cabins equipped with refrigerators

Campsites

There are three separate campgrounds, of which two have water frontage.
Two of the campgrounds have limited electrical plug point facilities.
All sites are served by communal ablution blocks, with hot and cold running water.

Please can all guests booking, or wanting to book at Midmar take note that Thurlow Reserve is closed until further notice due to various reasons. Once these issues are resolved, the resort will be reopened again. Your assistance in this is appreciated.

Visitor Facilities And Activities:

- Excellent fishing is available. Carp, bass, scalies and bluegill are abundant and fishing can be pursued in the areas zoned for this activity.
- The game park has a variety of species; red hartebeest, black wildebeest, blesbok, reedbuck, oribi and zebra and can be viewed from vehicles, bicycles or on foot.
- Entrance is via the Thurlow Gate off the R617.
- A small swimming pool is available exclusively for chalet and rustic cabin residents.
- Midmar hosts a number of sports events and during weekends and peak periods.
- Boat spares and fishing equipment can be purchased from this shop.
- The dam is zoned for yachts, powerboats and personal water craft and in the interests of safety, visitors must abide by this zoning.
- New visitors to the resort should acquire a map and boating regulations and any other information from the office, on arrival.
- Power boat skippers must carry their licences before launching on the water.
- Please note that as of 8 August 2008, all powered craft skippers must be in possession of a Category R certificate of competence.
- Boat tours can be booked by prior arrangement, please enquire at the reception office.
- Swimming is permitted in the bilharzia-free dam and is quite safe, provided bathers keep close in-shore, away from boating areas.
- Several attractive shady picnic sites are available along the 15 km of developed shoreline for the day visitor.
- Adequate refuse and ablution facilities are available

Fishing

Excellent fishing is available. Carp, bass, scalies and bluegill are abundant and fishing can be pursued in the areas zoned for this activity.

Game Park

The game park has a variety of species; red hartebeest, black wildebeest, blesbok, reedbuck, oribi and zebra and can be viewed from vehicles, bicycles or on foot.
Entrance is via the Thurlow Gate off the R617.

Sporting

There are two all-weather tennis courts. A small swimming pool is available exclusively for rustic cabin and chalet residents.
Bathing is permitted in the bilharzia-free dam and is quite safe, provided bathers keep close in-shore, away from boating areas.
A boat shop where windsurfers, canoes and yachts can be hired, is open during weekends and peak periods.
Boat spares and fishing equipment can be purchased from the shop.

Boating

The dam is zoned for yachts, powerboats and personal water craft and in the interests of safety, visitors must abide by this zoning.
New visitors to the resort should acquire a map and boating regulations and any other information from the office, on arrival. Power boat skippers must carry their tickets when on the water.
Please note that as of 8 August 2008, all powered craft skippers must be in possession of a Category R certificate of competence.

Shop

The shop sells curios cool drinks and sweets. The nearest town which has a full range of services is Howick which is 7km away.

Gate Opening and Closing Times:

The gate is open 24 hours a day to residents.

Please note a key deposit is payable on arrival.

Cancellation Policy:

All bookings are confirmed once payment or partial payment is received.
Cancellations greater than 45 days prior to arrival = 10% of amount (min R100)
Cancellation within 45 to 30 days of arrival = 25% of the amount.
Cancellation within 29 to 15 days of arrival = 50% of the amount.
Cancellation within 14 days & arrival date = 100% of the amount.
Amending booked dates is as good as cancelling a booking if it falls within the cancellation period. Same policy applies to amending a booking.

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
English
Swimming Pool

Rooms and Units Available:

Chalets (2-bedded)
2 Single beds, bathroom, kitchenette, sitting area with TV and a braai stand outside.
Amount of similar units: 14
Sleeps 2 Adults

Chalets (4- or 5-bedded)
The 4-Bed Chalet has two bedrooms (each room has 2 single beds), bathroom, kitchen, lounge area with TV. The 5-Bed Chalet is the same as the 4-Bed Chalet except this unit has an extra single bed in one of the rooms (5th bed).
Amount of similar units: 12
Sleeps 5 Adults

Chalets (6-bedded)
Three bedrooms (2 single beds in each room), bathrooms, kitchen, lounge area with TV and a braai stand outside.
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 6 Adults

Latest Reviews

Chalet was very clean and had all the basic essentials. Beautiful place , enjoyed the scenic walks. Very quiet and peaceful
Lenny Poovalingum Mooniyen Jun 2021
Chalets in dire need of maintenance and renovation, overpriced.
Grounds are not well kept.

minnie diener Apr 2021
It was good, beds comfy, hot water, Could tidy the chalets a bit more & fix things, ie kitchen cupboard door in 1 unit, tv stand door other unit. And maybe re-arrange bedroom so that the door can close. 1 complaint is that my mom couldn't shower as she is unable to climb into the bath on her own; she cannot bath either as battles in & then to to get up again, so only can shower. Maybe have a few units done up to cater for the disabled. but was good, will go back.
Kevin Oldfield Mar 2021
We stayed in Chalet number 1. The furniture needs immediate replacing, just about fall right through the lounge chairs. Chalet seriously needs new curtains which are dirty and shabby. Chalet needs paint, the doors and sun windows in the ceiling are disgusting. Broken windows in the kitchen. Swimming pool is not in use. The underside of the toilet seats were not clean, were dirty and mouldy
Neither remotes were working and had to ask reception to sort out problem
Worst of all was the baring music until after midnight and ten all the cars with the headlights shining into our rooms came past when the party finished.Apart from that, the rooms were clean and I suppose I can be slightly lenient on the uncut grass because of the rain.

Cliff Wallace Feb 2021
Beautiful peaceful stay. Staff was very friendly. Recommended for time out the busy city.
Codie Le Cordier Jan 2021

Directions:


Midmar is situated just off the N3 and can be approached via the Howick North/ Tweedie off-ramp or the Howick off-ramp.

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  • Accommodation Type: Holiday Resort and Self-Catering
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