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Summer at Midmar

We headed for Midmar Dam Nature Reserve in the Natal Midlands following our amazing time at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in December. The serenity of the large expanse of water in front of us sure was a dramatic change in pace from the five days of searching  for the “Big-5” that came before.

We had only one afternoon, one night and one morning to spend at Midmar before heading further inland to celebrate New Year’s at Golden Gate Highlands National Park, but thoroughly enjoyed ourselves walking around the beautifully kept grounds.

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Serenity

Sunrise over the Midmar Dam Nature Reserve in the Midlands of Kwazulu-Natal

Serenity

Serenity” is the theme for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.

It’s the end of our summer in the bush…

We arrived back home in Pretoria after our epic 21-night summer holiday in the bush. We’ll soon start wrapping up with a weekly trip report of the beautiful wild places we visited. Today we’re simply compiling a gallery of the photos we posted on a daily basis while we were away.

Our 2014 in pictures

Looking back at the fantastic places we stayed at while exploring South Africa’s wild places in 2014…

Summer in the bush: Midmar, 29 December 2014

We’ll be spending only the one day at Midmar Dam Nature Reserve on this trip. But that’s not because the Natal Midlands area is not exceedingly beautiful!

Midmar 29122014

There, now we are all caught up with our daily trip updates – please page back for the delayed updates from Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.

Our 2013 in pictures

As the year is rushing to its end, we’re looking back at all the wonderful places we stayed at in South Africa’s wild places during 2013:

Midmar Dam Nature Reserve

Near the town of Howick in the Natal Midlands, and conveniently close to the N3-freeway, you will find one of Kwazulu-Natal Province’s most popular playgrounds, the Midmar Dam Nature Reserve.

Midmar Dam

Midmar Dam

Most of the visitor activity is centred on the large Midmar Dam. Being the venue for the world’s biggest open-water swimming event, the Midmar Mile, held annually in February, the public resort with its well-kept lawns is especially geared to the enjoyment of a wide variety of water sports. Along the 15km of developed shoreline are zones set aside for picnics, fishing, powerboating and yachting, and a restaurant is located near the entrance. Accommodation options ranges from camping sites to fully equipped chalets.

At full capacity the Midmar Dam covers over 1,800ha, with the land area of the reserve covering an additional 2,844ha. A section of the reserve is set aside as a game park hosting a selection of non-dangerous mammals, including the rare oribi antelope, and a wide variety of birds, including the majestic fish eagle, in natural surroundings where visitors are allowed to walk, cycle or drive around in their own vehicles.

We found Midmar an excellent base from which to explore some other wild places in the area, particularly the Queen Elizabeth Park Nature Reserve, Karkloof Conservancy and Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve, as well as the many country stalls, farms, art galleries and eateries that make up the “Midlands Meander”.