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Why did we hand pick Babbling Brook Bed and Breakfast?

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  • Leafy garden and tranquil venue in the town with the most facilities in the Midlands
  • Walking distance to the Botanical Gardens, and within driving range of numerous regional interests
  • Homely, comfortable rooms and great hosts to help you get the most out of your stay

Babbling Brook Bed and Breakfast

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Pietermaritzburg


-29.6102, 30.3346


Named after the trickling stream flowing through the dense forest at the bottom of the property, Babbling Brook woos guests with its peaceful setting and characterful charm, all complemented by warm service from owners Morag and Gordon.

The guest house offers four comfortable, private double rooms, where a cosy atmosphere awaits visitors looking for a laidback stay in Pietermaritzburg.

From the rooms, guests can easily explore the leafy garden and its many enchanting nooks and crannies, while being spoilt by amenities such as percale linen, tea/coffee facilities, air conditioning and heating, wireless internet and satellite television.

Guests have a choice between rooms with a modern country feel and those with a more traditional ambiance, all featuring generously-sized showers in the en-suite bathrooms. While breakfast is included in the rates for all guests, the modern rooms each have an amply-equipped kitchenette for preparing lunches and dinners, and for those travelling with a child, an extra bed can be added to these rooms. 

The day is kicked off by an appetising, varied breakfast to be enjoyed in either the dining room, on the patio overlooking the garden and forest, or in the privacy of the rooms.

After breakfast, guests can take a stroll around the property while looking out for birds, perhaps stumbling across the enchanting ‘secret garden’. Barbeque facilities are available for those who want to further enjoy the peaceful setting.  

Although situated in a quiet suburb, the guest house is conveniently located to reach the interesting town centre, and is a fifteen minute walk from the picturesque botanical gardens. It also acts as a perfect gateway to the Midlands Meander and its many arts and craft shops, farm stalls, restaurants, family-friendly activities and historical attractions, while slightly further afield, the majesty of the Drakensberg mountains lies in wait.

Nearby activities such as fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking, golfing, canopy tours and horse riding should keep outdoor enthusiasts satisfied, while the numerous interesting stalls on the Meander are a treat for shopaholics.

On days when you simply wish to relax, you can do so in the guest house’s library and cosy lounge, or take a dip in the swimming pool. Morag and Gordon are exceptionally hospitable hosts, and will ensure that all your needs, whether they be focused on relaxation, leisure or adventure, will be catered for.

Rates & Summary

4 Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size or twin beds
Extra bed for child can be added to 2 rooms
Kitchenette in same 2 rooms 
En-suite shower


  • TBA


Continental and English breakfast included
Self-catering facilities in several rooms


Children of all ages welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Surrounded by tall trees in a quiet suburb of Pietermaritzburg, Babbling Brook offers intimate, characterful bed and breakfast accommodation, with several of the rooms equipped for self-catering. The guest house has been warmly decorated and is a cosy haven of traditional comfort. Rooms are privately situated in the leafy, colourful garden and guests are guaranteed smiling service at all times.


  • Leafy garden and tranquil venue in the town with the most facilities in the Midlands
  • Walking distance to the Botanical Gardens, and within driving range of numerous regional interests
  • Homely, comfortable rooms and great hosts to help you get the most out of your stay

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

  • Swimming pool
  • Braai area
  • Nearby: botanical gardens, nature reserves, golf courses,  Midlands Meander, fly fishing, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, canopy tour, hot air ballooning, museum, arts and craft shops, farm stalls.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • 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
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Covered parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • 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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