Capitec’s #LiveBetter experiences is here to uncover some of the best spots around 3 of our major cities. This week we’re in Howick, where we’ve planned the perfect weekend away. Best known for being the place where Nelson Mandela was arrested, the town has a deep history and is also home to the breathtaking Howick Falls.
Not based in Durban? Don’t worry, Capitec clients also get discounts on flights with Travelstart.
Friday – Arrive in Howick
accommodation – pleasant places guesthouse
Begin your weekend stay in this remarkable historical town in an elegant 4-star guesthouse. Designed by an award-winning interior decorator, you’re sure to feel right at home in this luxurious Midlands haven. The guesthouse is located in the famous Midlands Meander and is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful surrounds and attractions.
T 078 768 2319 or visit their website.
dinner – the snooty fox
Let Chef Alex Poltera and his team treat you to some of the best dishes in the region. Known for their vegan menu, delectable gourmet burgers and for preparing all components of the menu themselves, this award-winning restaurant oozes charm in a lavish setting. A not-to-be-missed culinary destination for foodies.
T 033 330 5071 or visit their website.
Saturday – Enjoy the town
breakfast – pleasant places guesthouse
Get ready for an event-filled day with breakfast in a serene setting; the friendly staff will help ensure that you have the best start to your day. Walk off your breakfast in the tranquil pine forest along the Lions River before heading out.
T 078 768 2319 or visit their website.
outing – nelson mandela capture site
Don't miss a visit to the historical location where Nelson Mandela was captured in 1962. Marking the site is a striking 9-metre tall sculpture; a collaboration between artist Marco Cianfanelli and Jeremy Rose. The sculpture consists of 50 steel columns and is an extraordinary representation of the former president.
T 033 330 8195 or visit their website.
ziplining – karkloof canopy tour
Get a bird’s-eye view of the Karkloof Valley and a chance to spot some of the incredible local wildlife, including Emerald Cuckoos, Cape Parrots and Samango monkeys. Knowledgeable guides will take you on a 2-hour adventure consisting of 12 platforms and 10 zipline slides. Included in your ticket price are refreshments and a light lunch. Tours run at specific time slots and bookings are essential.
T 033 330 3415 or visit their website.
lunch – piggly wiggly country village
After an adventurous morning, sit back and relax in the countryside atmosphere at Piggly Wiggly. Located in the heart of the Highgate Wine Estate, here you will find an assortment of shops and eateries – from stained glass products and botanical body products to a juice café, pizzeria and wine shop. There’s something for everyone and kids will love a ride on the miniature steam train.
T 033 234 2911 or visit their website.
wine tasting – abingdon wine estate
Round off your activities for the day with a personal introduction to Abington’s wines by the Smorthwaite family. The family-run estate is a renowned single vineyard boutique wine producer and produced the first-ever certified estate wine in KwaZulu-Natal in 2007. Savour a glass of wine while relaxing in front of the fireplace or overlooking the vineyard. If you’re peckish, combine your tasting with a harvest board.
T 083 463 8503 or visit their website.
Sunday – Say goodbye
hot air ballooning sa
Get 10% off your trip when paying with a Capitec card.
Float over Howick in a hot air balloon. Warm up with complimentary coffee as you watch how the balloon gets inflated. Enjoy magnificent views 300 metres above the Midlands with breakfast and a glass of sparkling wine, after which you’ll be handed a flight certificate so you’ll always remember this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Remember to bring a thick jacket as it gets quite cold at high altitude.
T 011 802 4318 or visit their website.