Tourism, Accommodation and Historical Attractions in Natal, South Africa

The Natal Midlands: Wartburg


A little piece of Germany resides right in the centre of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands - Wartburg.

The Natal Midlands: Wartburg

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Settled in the 1850s by German families, the community expanded and won the right to teach German for the first four years of schooling. There is now a hostel that will accommodate 150 scholars who wish to further their opportunity to learn German.

Many of the inhabitants of this area are now fourth generation Germans and it is not unusual to hear German spoken in the shops. The local industry is mainly mealies (maize), sugar cane, timber and kiwi fruit although there is an increasing arts and crafts community.

The Wartburger Hof is a country inn built in the German style and of course the cuisine is traditional German. Each of the 16 suites is named after a German town.

Game Valley: A small luxury game lodge ideal for getaways or day visits for lunches. Accessoramics: Handcrafted porcelain jewellery with genuine gold and platinum lustre (033 5011431). Pam Potgieter Calligraphy: Cards, certificates, inspirational verses. (033 501 1104).

Witte Mountain studio : Fabric painting and underglazed ceramics(033 501 1718). Silver Creations: Handcrafted silver items ranging from jewellery to sculptures and ethnic works (033 503 1344). Cottage Crafts: Handcrafted woodwork on yellowood and oregon (033 503 1107). Patrick Reynolds: Sculptor in wood and bronze.

The Albert Falls Dam

North of Pietermaritzburg on the Greytown road is the Albert Falls Dam. Water skiing and sailing are permitted on the dam and there is a caravan site and the Notuli hutted camp. The area has been stocked with giraffe, red hartebeest, springbok and oribi.

On the far shore of the dam is Ecabazini, a traditional Zulu Homestead. Guests may enjoy living in either authentic Zulu beehive huts or in rondavels and during their stay, take an active part in the day to day affairs of the kraal, learn about Zulu culture and eat traditional Zulu food under the stars each night.

There are also visits to units on the farm where guests can learn of the ways in which the Zulu people have assimilated Western ways.

The Albert Falls Amble

This initiative is aimed at showcasing the variety of talent in the Wartburg area and comprises a broad spectrum of eateries and craft outlets. Mouseover the attractions for more details.

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