Howick is in the heart of the uMngeni Municipal region and a hub of the Midlands Meander. Howick is known as the place of many waterfalls for it is here that the uMngeni River and its tributaries tumble down gorges and over precipices on a journey to the Indian Ocean, some 95 km to the east.
Experience first-hand why the falls are revered by sangomas (Zulu traditional healers) and begin to understand why the cascade is believed to be inhabited by powerful ancestral spirits. At the falls viewing site, visitors can enjoy the Umgeni River in its tireless flow to the Indian Ocean. Just listening to the power of the Howick Falls fills one with a sense of peace and tranquillity.
Mandela Capture Site
The Mandela Capture Site recognises the significance of the capture of Nelson Mandela close to Howick in 1962. An impressive steel sculpture and visitor centre have been created and are certainly worth making an effort to visit. From a distance, the 50 steel poles of varying heights simply look like a random collection of poles, but as you approach to within 35m of the sculpture, they merge to form an image of Mandela’s face.
The Howick Falls drops approximately 100 metres of spectacular display almost in the centre of the picturesque town itself and is a scenic point from which to explore the delights of Howick before embarking on a leisurely drive through the rolling countryside of the Midlands Meander with its home-baked outlets, crafters, second-hand stores, carpet weavers, leather works and so much more.
Mpopomeni Zulu Tourism Experience
You’ll be doing what you haven’t done before when you take part in the Zulu Mpophomeni Experience!. Enjoy a once in a lifetime township tour or an educational excursion in this unique area. The heritage route has much to offer the senses and imagination. You can also visit the various community upliftment projects for income generation and Mpophomeni Township overlooking Midmar Dam.