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  • Very intimate venue in a tranquil, leafy garden
  • Warm hosts who make every effort to help you enjoy your stay
  • Very convenient location for Natal Midlands exploration

Azalea Bed and Breakfast

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Howick


-29.4808, 30.2184


On the doorstep of the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands, Azalea B&B is an affordable little gem which promises a laidback home-from-home atmosphere in a quiet suburban setting. The lush country-style garden makes a pretty first impression, and is followed up by a warm greeting from owners Dawn and George, who are the most hospitable hosts one could hope to find. Guests are welcomed into the couple’s pride and joy like family, and will enjoy cosy accommodation and highly personalised service throughout their stay.

Accommodation comprises one double room and a family room, personally decorated by Dawn and made to feel extremely homely, while housing luxury amenities such as flat screen satellite televisions, ceiling fans, microwaves, bar fridges and tea and coffee trays. During the chilly winters, under-carpet heating is activated, keeping the rooms warm and toasty. Keeping the needs of all visitors in mind, the beds can be converted from plush extra length Kings, into twins, and there is more than enough storage space to accommodate guests who choose to linger for a while. 

The Gardenview double room is nice and spacious and has a patio where guests can relax and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while breathing in the scent of flowers, watching the birds and enjoying the peace and quiet. A full en-suite bathroom caters to all preferences.

With a King bedroom and a sleeper couch in the lounge, along with a kitchenette, the Azalea room is well-suited for families with two children, or couples who want a little bit more space or the opportunity to self-cater. The deck is a lovely vantage point to view the gardens, with the rock splash pool beckoning for a dip in summer.

Breakfast time is given high priority by Dawn and George, who allow guests to order from an extensive range of cooked options the night before, guaranteeing that the day is started on a high note.

Guests heading out early for a day trip to the Midlands or Drakensberg can request a packed breakfast to be waiting for them when they leave.

Howick is a part of the scenic Midlands Meander route, and is home to the 100 metre high Howick Falls, where visitors can experience the thrill of abseiling down the steep cliff alongside the cascade. Just outside the town, guests will find the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, where Mandela was arrested in 1962. Here, an incredible artistic sculpture reveals the great man’s face only when viewed at the correct angle, and a museum provides a fascinating insight into his life. 

Other attractions include numerous arts and crafts shops, the Karkloof Canopy Tour and the magical Benvie Gardens, while the rest of the Meander Route has a wealth of countryside charm to discover. True to character, Dawn and George ensure that all guests are given an information pack listing all the attractions in the area, and are delighted to make recommendations on what to see and do, and where to stop off for lunch and dinner.

Rates & Summary

Gardenview Room

Sleeps 2 in extra length King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Patio with garden view

Azalea Room

Sleeps 2 in extra length King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Lounge with double sleeper couch
Deck overlooking garden


  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above


English breakfast included
Continental breakfast on request
Packed breakfast or picnic on request
Self-catering option for Azalea guests


Children of all ages welcome in Azalea room.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in a country-style garden in the town of Howick, Azalea Bed and Breakfast is an intimate recluse which offers bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation in rooms of traditional comfort, and is suited for couples, families and groups alike. Both of the cosy rooms at this charming guest house open onto the leafy garden, which has a small swimming pool. Guests are guaranteed personalised service and are well positioned to explore Howick, the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands and the Drakensberg mountains.


  • Very intimate venue in a tranquil, leafy garden
  • Warm hosts who make every effort to help you enjoy your stay
  • Very convenient location for Natal Midlands exploration

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fly fishing gear, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Splash pool
  • Nearby: botanical gardens, nature reserves, golf courses,  Midlands Meander, fly fishing, Drakensberg Mountains, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, canopy tour, hot air ballooning, Zululand battlefields, historical monuments, museum, arts and craft shops, farm stalls. 


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Covered parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




Midlands & Kamberg

KwaZulu Natal


The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is undeniably one of the most beautiful parts of our spectacular country. It’s blessed with a little bit of everything.

Rolling hills, burbling brooks and surging rivers… history, game reserves and haunting battlefields. Not bad for only a section of one of our nine provinces. 

It’s pressed up against the Drakensberg-Ukahlamba mountains in the west, stretched along the coastal belt in the east and hemmed in by the mighty Tugela River in the north. The Midlands is a fertile area that is dominated by agriculture and wide open spaces.

For many, the Midlands has become synonymous with a small area around Nottingham Road. While this is indeed a cornerstone of the region, the Midlands encompasses a far greater and more diverse area than it is often credited with.

It begins in the south-east where the Umgeni River runs through the Valley of a Thousand Hills, with its crags and cliffs, aloes and thorn trees. Further west is the province’s capital city, Pietermaritzburg. 

This is a small part of Victorian England painstakingly recreated in Africa - complete with an ornate cricket pavilion and the largest red-brick building in the southern hemisphere as its city hall. 

It was after being thrown from a train here that Mahatma Ghandi was inspired to take the first steps of his peaceful protests against discrimination. A statue of the great man still stands in the city centre.

Another great man, South Africa’s iconic Nelson Mandela, also has a firm link to the region and its railways. Just outside Howick one can visit the spot where Madiba was finally arrested, while travelling by train. A plaque marks the otherwise nondescript spot.

The history continues to the north, where the English, Zulu and Afrikaner fought each other at various times in history. While the more famous battlefields are to be found further north and east in Zululand, there are fascinating places to visit in the Midlands, too. These are most notably around the towns of Colenso and Weenen.

In the more westerly parts of the Midlands, where it comes up against the buttresses of the Drakensberg, the Midlands offers some exceptional fly-fishing for trout in rivers and dams. 

Midmar Dam outside Howick is a popular venue for carp and bass fishing, as is Albert Falls Dam further east. There also are a number of excellent courses vying for golfers’ attentions.

Of course, no visit to the Midlands is complete without exploring the Midlands Meander for at least a day or two. The best way to do this is to head north from Howick on the R103, a good tar road that ambles and winds through forests and farmlands. This road is regularly dotted with interesting attractions. 

But don’t stick resolutely to this one road. Pick up a Meander map and explore. Head out to the Dargle, the Karkloof or Curry’s Post. It’ll be quieter, but is just as interesting and picturesque.

Look out for

The Midlands Meander – is what the majority of visitors think of when they hear ‘Midlands’. It deserves its reputation, too. It has become a successful, sustainable tourist attraction that focuses on quality, handmade products and local produce. A few of the highlights are Ardmore Ceramics, the Woodturner, Shuttleworth Weaving and the Zulu Quilt Centre.

Sports – are a major attraction in the Midlands. Every year the Duzi Canoe Marathon starts in Pietermaritzburg and, three days later, ends in Durban. The Midmar Mile is an open-water swim that takes place annually in Midmar Dam. The Comrades Marathon is the largest ultramarathon in the world, running from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, or vice versa in alternate years.

Howick Falls - are a big drawcard in the region, but don’t think that all one can do is gaze at them.  Take a walk into the gorge, through thick indigenous bush filled with bird calls. You’ll be rewarded with the best possible view of the falls, and with a refreshing swim. Adventurers can also abseil over the 107-metre drop, past precariously perching aloes, caressed by the waterfall’s drifting spray.

Hartford House - is a destination worth visiting just for the food. It is also worth spending a night in this historic, luxurious boutique hotel. Situated just outside Mooi River, this romantic getaway on a working horse stud farm is home to an award-winning restaurant. It offers splendid set-course dinners coupled with excellent wines.

Fly-fishing - the first trout to be imported into South Africa were brought to Balgowan in the Midlands. It’s hard to find better fly-fishing than in this region. The dams around Nottingham Road, in the Rosetta/Kamberg District and in the Dargle, are renowned for the trophy rainbow trout. The rivers that flow from the Drakensberg are similarly famed. Indigenous yellowfish are becoming increasingly targeted on fly. They can be fished for in the Tugela, Msunduzi and Umgeni Rivers, amongst others.

Mountain biking - A number of high-profile mountain biking events are held in the Midlands every year. Pietermaritzburg has even hosted the Mountain Bike World Cup. This should give some indication of the quality of the cycling available in the region.

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