Howick at a glance
Howick is well known for the magnificent Howick Falls that thunders it’s way down the uMngeni Valley Gorge right at the heart of the town. A world heritage site and a popular stop-off for tourists, the falls area boasts a number of craft outlets and curio shops scattered amongst restuarants, coffee shops and the historic Howick Hotel.
There are plently of historical landmarks throughout the town including the Laager wall, Victorian homes, the Craft Centre building, churches and the old library building.
The town is situated just 26 km from Pietermaritzburg and is easily accessible via 3 different routes from the N3 highway. It boasts lovely tree-lined roads in the residential areas as well as a somewhat varied mix of ‘old and new’ buildings along the main street which runs right through the town. Howick is a typical ‘farm town’ that has developed to suit the needs of its inhabitants.
Howick offers a range of property types, however there are only a few blocks of low storey flats. The older residential areas offer large properties and homes of an average size of +/- 250sqm. There are plenty of sectional title options as well as the ever popular “Amber” Retirement Villages.
“The Ambers” include Amber Field, Amber Glen and Amber Valley. Set close to the uMngeni Valley Conservancy, these villages offer indoor swimming pools, tennis courts, bowling greens, libraries, restaurants, frail care facilities and more! All with 24 hour access control and excellent security.
There are some smaller agricultural properties within the town limits of Howick. These range in size from 2 to 20 hectares and are extremely popular “lifestyle” properties.
Sakabula Golf Estate consists of nearly 100 freehold agriculturally-zoned residential properties ranging from 2 to 8 hectares. They surround a beautiful 18 hole golf course which is popular with both members and visitors.
KwaWula Game Estate is set just 4km from the centre of town and offers up-market, freehold living with breath taking views over the surrounding town, farmland and dams.
The majority of homeowners in the central residential area of Howick fall into the middle to upper-middle income group. Although Howick is well known for its retirement villages, the town is full of younger families too with all schools full to capacity.
Howick is surrounded by agricultural properties, beautiful forests, rivers, dams and waterfalls. In Howick we are privileged to be able to enjoy all that the KZN Midlands has to offer! Being situated at the hub of the Midlands Meander Arts and Crafts Route, one is never short of shopping, recreation, entertainment, dining and sight-seeing opportunities!
You can be at the beach or the berg in an hour and in Gauteng within 4 hours!
Howick and its surrounding areas are well known for the excellent hospitality on offer. There are many B&B’s, self-catering establishments, superb hotels, conference and wedding venues.
From the town and accessed directly on tar, Nottingham Road, the Karkloof, Lions River, Curry’s Post and the beautiful Dargle Valley are all nearby. The N3 highway between Durban and Johannesburg runs next to the town with 3 access points.
There are plenty of medical facilities in Howick including a modern, private hospital, specialist surgeons, G.P’s, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Optometrists, pharmacies and the like.
There are plenty of retail options in Howick including Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Spar, SuperSpar, Shoprite, Clicks etc. Standard, First National, ABSA, Nedbank and Capitec banks are all represented in the town. There are 4 petrol stations including BP, Engen, Sasol and Shell. A variety of businesses can be found in the town. A light industrial area is adjacent to Howick.
Plenty of options for Pre-Primary, Primary and High Schools – both private and state run are available within the town or nearby. Howick Preparatory School and Howick High School are extremely well run state schools that cater to a large number of learners. Boarding is available at both schools.
Well known private schools in the area include Cowan House Preparatory School, Hilton College, Michaelhouse, St Annes and Grace College. Natal University is a 20 minute drive to Pietermaritzburg where you also find the Varsity College Campus.
Beautiful 18-hole Golf courses such as Boschoek, Sakabula, and Gowrie are between 5 and 25km from the town. The 9-hole Howick Golf course is extremely popular and is found in the town overlooking the uMngeni Valley.
The Howick Sports club offers tennis, soccer, squash and bowls. Mountain biking is a rapidly growing sport and the trails through surrounding forests and farmlands offer excellent single track. Road biking is a popular sport with the quieter country roads offering plenty of opportunity to explore.
Watersports are catered for at Midmar dam which is well known for the annual Midmar Mile where over 17 thousand swimmers participate. Other water sports on offer are yachting, water skiing, paddling, fishing etc.
Surrounding farm dams offer Trout fishing a-plenty with many clubs, fly-fishing shops and tours available.