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  • Tranquil haven with magnificent views across the Dargle Valley
  • Charming Polo horse farm, with numerous outdoor activities on offer besides the farm life
  • Grand farmhouse accommodation, complete with Matilda, the cow who will happily wander in if the door is open

Inversanda Farm

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

22km from Howick

 

-29.5341, 30.0537

About

Inversanda Farm is in the privileged position of being situated right at the end of the road; a place to relax and soak up the peace and tranquility. Visitors have truly arrived, once they head off down the 2.5km driveway and see the Inhlosane mountain amphitheatre unfold in front of them, with the farm nestling in its footsteps. Inversanda is a 15 minutes drive from Midmar Dam, less than 5 hours from Johannesburg, just under 1.5 hours from Durban, and within easy driving distance of KwaZulu-Natal’s renowned private schools.

Inversanda is ideal for those who want to get completely away, and, with a half-hour drive to shops and fuel, be sure to bring all supplies and essentials with you. Animal lovers are welcome: Harold, the Jack Russell, Winston the Great Dane, and Matilda, the hand-reared cow - not to mention the horses - are all keen to introduce themselves. In fact, maybe too keen! Visitors are warned to keep their doors closed, otherwise not only will Harold move in, but Matilda too! 

The farm dates back to the 1800s, and up until the late 1970s, the crops were all planted and harvested with working oxen. Today 20 horses and 100 Hereford cows and calves happily graze on the lush kikuyu pastures.

The farmhouse is built to a scale more commonly found on the sugar cane estates of the North Coast. Visitors can simply relax and enjoy a good book by the fire or on the verandah, or alternatively take some invigorating exercise in the immediate surroundings. There are wonderful walks, which can be tailored to suit those wanting to stroll along the river or those who want to burn serious calories. The river is also wonderful for picnics and swimming in summer. Inversanda welcomes cyclists, who appear to get enormous pleasure from heading up and down steep gradients on mountain bikes! There are routes that will satisfy the appetites of the seriously competitive, while for those who simply want a scenic, less demanding ride, following the river is an attractive alternative.

Horses are the big passion at Inversanda, and there is no better way to explore the farm than in a saddle. Their horses are all highly schooled, and they only take out small groups of experienced riders. Alternatively, treat your own horses to a holiday in the country, and let them enjoy the wonderful rides. There is nothing more exhilarating than being treated to glorious views, as the horses pound up the mountainside. For beginners, there is more appropriate riding close by.

Inversanda has over 2.5km of the Umgeni River meandering along one of their boundaries. Every year the river is stocked, and fishermen are welcome to cast their lines in the winter months. When the river is too high, dam fishing is available locally. In 2002 four ornithology students from Cornell University, who stayed at the farm for 4 months doing PhD research, compiled a bird list of over 185 different species - which provides a challenge for even the keenest birder!

Rates & Summary


Farmhouse Private Wing

Sleeps 4 in King & twin rooms
Shared bath / shower
Sitting room with fireplace
Dining room & kitchenette
Large verandah with view
Private fenced garden
Own entrance

Barn Cottage

Sleeps 6 in King & twin+bunkbed rooms
Both bedrooms are en-suite
Lounge / dining room / kitchen
Fireplace
Large verandah with view

Pricing

  • R 300 pp

Catering

Self-catering
Meals can be arranged on request

Kids

Kids are welcome.
Cot/crib available.

  • 0 - 3: stay for free
  • 4 - 6: R 100 pp 
  • 7 - 11yrs: R 150 pp

Why Stay Here?

Inversanda is the farm at the end of the road, at the foot of the Inhlosane mountain amphitheatre, and is an ideal family getaway in the heart of the countryside. Guests are free to join in with farm life or to do their own thing, with mountain biking, horse riding and the walk to the waterfall being high on the agenda. Dating back to the 1800s, this working farm now focuses on breeding and training Polo horses. Relaxing with a good book by the fire or on the verandah looking out over the valley, is an utterly peaceful alternative. Children, horses, and well-behaved pets are very welcome.

Summary

  • Tranquil haven with magnificent views across the Dargle Valley
  • Charming Polo horse farm, with numerous outdoor activities on offer besides the farm life
  • Grand farmhouse accommodation, complete with Matilda, the cow who will happily wander in if the door is open

Privacy

Both units are only rented to one party at a time.
The Private Wing has its own entrance and garden.
The Cottage is set apart from the farmhouse.

Things to consider Bringing

Torch, sunblock, hat, swimming towel, walking shoes, mountain bike, own horse, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The last 15km is on a dirt road, and requires a vehicle with reasonable ground clearance.

Activities & Attractions

  • Mountain bike trails
  • Walk to the waterfall
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Playing Polo 
  • Swimming
  • River tubing (in season)
  • Trout fishing (in season)
  • Bird watching (over 185 species)
  • Midlands Meander Arts & Crafts

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Gas stove
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Basic cleaning materials

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Very child friendly
  • Pets welcome
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km

Payment

  • Credit cards not accepted
  • EFT accepted

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Midlands & Kamberg

KwaZulu Natal

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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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