Visitors to Harding will experience the tranquillity of rural life surrounded by great natural beauty. There are excellent hiking, horse riding and mountain biking trails and on the trip from Harding toward Port Shepstone is the spectacular Oribi Gorge.
Harding is an ideal road stop-off en route to towns along the South Coast such as Margate, Shelly Beach, Port Shepstone and to Durban. A road trip between the town and the coastline is an excellent way to view the picturesque Natal countryside of rolling hills and sugarcane fields. A wonderful day out is a trip on the Banana Express Steam Train running between Port Shepstone and Paddock and back, approximately 39 km.
The area is also popular for fly fishing and golfers can try their luck on a number of course in the region including the 9-hole course at the Harding Country Club.
Accommodation in the town of Harding is limited with only one or two Bed and Breakfasts within walking distance of the town centre, however there are plenty of accommodation options less than an hour away in other popular coastal towns.
Things to do and see
- Weze-Ngele State Forest Nature Reserve
- Ngele Hiking Trail
- MTB & Horseriding trails
- Wild Swing at Oribi Gorge
- South Coast Birding Route
- Harding Golf Course
- Banana Express Steam Train, Port Shepstone
- Wild Coast Sun
Harding receives approximately 864 mm of rain annually with the majority of its’ rainfall occurring during the summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 26˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 6˚C and 23˚C.
There are daily flights into Margate Airport, 82 km away, Pietermaritzburg Airport 146 km away or King Shaka International Airport, 227 km away via the N2. Car hire facilities and Airport Shuttles are available at the Airport.
By early 1882 the area boasted a small village with three trading stores, four private homes and a quaint Hotel. Easy access to the abundant natural resources of the region meant increased prosperity and in order to establish law and order in this so-called “No Man’s Land”, the construction of a barracks for 25 Natal Mounted Policemen began.
The town was therefore first established as a military outpost, founded in 1873 and named after Sir Walter Harding, the first Chief Justice of Natal.
Today this little farming town is an administrative centre with its focus on agriculture, dairy and timber.
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