Property in Howick
Property in Howick
The town of Howick is known as the hub of the Midlands – a title it has held since its inception. Europeans started forming trails and roads inland from the coast and a missionary by the name of James Archbell began farming in Howick soon after. However, due to all the horse-drawn traffic, James got permission to create a village in part of the land, which was named Howick.
But what was it that attracted the Europeans inland in the first place? Howick Waterfall of course. Standing at 100m, Howick Waterfall is a massive attraction to the suburb and is responsible for many of the activities in and around the area.
The Waterfall is not too far from the main village and was called KwaNogqaza by the Zulu people in the area, which means “place of the tall one.” Howick is also where the uMngeni River and its tributaries run down gorges and form waterfalls on their way to the Indian Ocean, with the Howick Waterfall being the largest of these.
Adventure seekers can abseil alongside the waterfall while mountain bikers and hikers can traverse the many trails in and around the gorge. Those in search of a less strenuous activity will enjoy the golf on offer at Sakabula Golf Course or can perhaps try their hand at bass fishing in many of the streams and dams in the area that are brimming with trout.
Still very much made up of farmland, the town of Howick is used as a supply village, providing local amenities for the locals and farm owners. Its small town charm makes it a popular stop on the way to the Midmar Dam depending on the way you’re coming from, and it boasts plenty of cultural crafts, antiques and art. The Midlands Meander is also a wonderful place to collect a few curios and local crafts and attracts a fair number of visitors.
Life in Howick is laid-back and completely free of the hustle and bustle of life. Surrounded by sprawling countryside and reserves, this small town provides the ideal getaway from Durban centre, which is 88km away, or as a permanent location in which to raise a family.