Durban to The Golden Gate National Park



Durban was hot and busy at 8.30am as we passed road works and accidents. We were driving  inland to Howick for the first coffee stop of a long day – 398 kms from Umhlanga Rocks to The Golden Gate National Park.

Leaving Umhlanga Rocks early in the morning
Leaving Umhlanga Rocks early in the morning
The new bridge & interchange over the N2 at Umhlanga Rocks
The new bridge & interchange over the N2 at Umhlanga Rocks

Howick is named after Howick Hallthe home of Earl Grey, the British Colonial Secretary, whose tea blend we still enjoy today. We visited the Falls of the uMgeni River, carefully avoided the wonderful craft shops, and headed for a cup of tea – coffee stops in South Africa tended to be Five Roses Tea and something sweet!

The gorge of the uMgeni River at Howick
The gorge of the uMgeni River at Howick
The uMgeni River creating the Howick Falls
The uMgeni River creating the Howick Falls

Suitably fortified, we drove onwards, over Van Reenen’s Pass to Harrismith. The town was named after Sir Harry Smitha British Governor of the Cape Colony, 1847-53. 

The railway at Van Reenen's
The railway at Van Reenen’s
Harrismith Town Hall, sandstone & brick, 1907
Harrismith Town Hall, sandstone & brick, 1907

The town has a darker side from the years of the Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902. The Free State Boers moved through the town to Natal, and later the town was occupied by the British forces. It was a site of one of the many concentration camps for women and children authorised by Lord Kitchener.

The War Memorial, Deborah Retief Park, Harrismith
The War Memorial, Deborah Retief Park, Harrismith
To honour & remember the mothers & children who died in the concentration camps in Harrismith & elsewhere
To honour & remember the mothers & children who died in the concentration camps in Harrismith & elsewhere, 1899-1902
The memorial to the British dead during the Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902
The memorial to the British dead during the Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902

The last leg, Harrismith to  The Golden Gate National Park.

The mountains of The Golden Gate National Park
The mountains of The Golden Gate National Park
The mountains of The Golden Gate National Park
The mountains of The Golden Gate National Park
The view from our balcony, Kiara Lodge, The Golden Gate National Park
The view from our balcony, Kiara Lodge, The Golden Gate National Park

You may be interested in
A history of Harrismith during the Anglo-Boer War
Concentration Camps
Cemeteries in Harrismith

 

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