Our road-trip for December was exploring a little more of KZN’s famous ‘Midlands Meander’. We used Airbnb for the first time and stayed over in Howick for a few days an we visited the gorgeous Midmar Dam for the first time ever. I don’t know why we hadn’t already made this trip. It was just beautiful, a whole different world. I felt like I was in one of those movies where people ‘vacation at Cape Cod’, or, whats the other place… in New York… The Hamptons, lol, yes that’s it. I know I know, the Midlands aren’t quite The Hamptons, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s pretty darn close.
The drive up was relatively easy. Again I can say this, because I am never the one doing the driving. In the words of Kivesh (our 7 year old), “Midmar Dam is so peaceful”…. because that’s exactly what all 7 year olds look for in a holiday. Anyway, it was more than just peaceful, it was perfect. Plenty tress to find a shady spot to park and have a picnic, the kids splashed in the slipway (concrete area where boats are launched – yes I just googled that), and afterwards they rode their bikes, it was a perfect way to spend the day.
The following day we visited the amazing Umgeni Nature Reserve, took the kids on a never ending hike and saw some of the most beautiful wild flowers.
These little bursts of outdoor adventures are so important and so good for the family. We are everyday getting deeper and deeper into the comfort of home, a wifi connection and our tablets, so these mud and bugs trips are a necessity. I did find it hilarious when I overheard a conversation between Kivesh and Thavina that went a little something like this’
Kivesh – “This place is weird it doesn’t have a television”
Thavina – “Ya, and it doesn’t have a TV too”
Some amazing Midmar Dam / Umgeni River facts;
- The dam covers a surface area of over 16km2 (according to google, that’s big!) , has an average depth of 12m and a shoreline of 40km.
- The dam is fed by the Umgeni River
- The dam then feeds back to the river and onto Howick Falls, which is approximately 95m tall.
- The falls then feed back into the Umgeni River. It really was amazing seeing the same river that runs just a few kms from our home.
- The Umgeni River features in the Dusi Canoe Marathon, which is the biggest canoeing event on the African continent.
Another super exciting even that takes place in The Midlands, is The Midmar Mile. The Midmar Mile is the world’s largest open water swim, and is taking place over the weekend of the 10 / 11 Feb, that’s just a week away. The race is for serious swimmers and one can enter as an individual or as a various assortment of teams. The first race took place in 1973, with 153 entrants, a number which is now in excess of 20 thousand.
To celebrate these amazing events, I have a Spurt ZA hamper to giveaway. Spurt is a leading brand in swimming apparel and accessories such as goggles, caps, fins and swim dri towels. They are known for their innovative colours and patterns and their incredibly comfortable fit. Spurt have the most adorable range of kids swimming caps, from unicorns and cats, to sharks, fish and skulls.
Our guest reviewer Isiphile Mbhele is a water baby of note. This little lady has been swimming since she was 2 years old. She is an incredibly confident swimmer and never misses a chance to be in the pool. Isi loves the cool colour of her cap and googles and says that it’s very comfortable.
To win a hamper consisting of a swimming cap, goggles and a nose plug (pictured below), fill out the form below. You can also have a look at the amazing Spurt range here :- http://spurt.co.za/
Question – Can you swim?
Much Love and happy adveture-ing