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  • Charming and intimate countryside hotel just outside the remote village of Himeville
  • Elegant, classically furnished rooms and an enchanting garden
  • Great location to explore the numerous activities and interests of the region

Moorcroft Manor

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

3km from Himeville


-29.7295, 29.516


Moorcroft Manor is a bona fide country lodge located in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains. It is the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful rural environs, which are rich in natural splendour and steeped in history.

The elegant, classically furnished en-suite bedrooms all feature King-size beds, and amenities like wireless internet access, DSTV, underfloor heating, and ceiling fans. Private patios lead onto the lawns and the rock pool, with uninterrupted views towards Hodgson’s Peak and the Drakensberg mountains. 

The two thoughtfully furnished executive suites are luxurious retreats.

The formal lounge area provides a roaring fire for winter nights in the Drakensberg, as well as an array of books and a card table. The Moorcroft Manor restaurant, with a terrace featuring views of mountains, lakes and farmlands, is open for breakfasts, lunches and an a la carte dinner.

Outdoorsy types can chill out at the rock pool, go fly fishing, or head further afield into the surrounding areas, which offer fantastic hiking trails, abseiling, paragliding, mountain biking and 4x4 trips up the legendary Sani Pass. 

Rates & Summary

9 Standard Suites

Each sleeps 2 in double rooms
En-suite bath and shower
Private patios
Views of the Drakensberg

1 Junior Suite

Each sleeps 2 in King-size beds
En-suite bath and shower
Private patios
Views over the lawn, rock pool and the Drakensberg

2 Executive Suites

The epitome of luxury
Each sleeps 2 in King-size beds
En-suite bath and shower
Views of the Drakensberg



  • R 895 - R 1 050 pp sharing
  • R 1 025 - R 1 150 single 


  • R 1 020 - R 1 200 pp sharing
  • R 1 150 - R 1 360 single 


  • R 1 150 - R 1 360 pp sharing
  • R 1 280 - R 1 510 single

Rates vary depending on season


Full breakfast included
Lunches and dinners available at the restaurant


  • 0 - 3: stay for free
  • 4 - 11yrs: R 500 - R 550 per night.

Why Stay Here?

A small family owned and operated country hotel, Moorcroft Manor offers relaxation, superb comforts and personal service just outside the quaint village of Himeville. Moorcroft Manor is spectacularly located in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains and is perfectly situated to provide rest for the weary while at the same time surrounded with activities suiting both young and old.


  • Charming and intimate countryside hotel just outside the remote village of Himeville
  • Elegant, classically furnished rooms and an enchanting garden
  • Great location to explore the numerous activities and interests of the region

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the manor are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Rock pool
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Horse riding
  • Fly fishing
  • Reishenau Mission
  • Massages
  • Bushmen paintings


Accommodation & Hospitality

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

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed


  • 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

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km


  • 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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