Cleanest Air in SA
Melmoth is a small agricultural town situated approximately 200 kilometres from Durban and a mere 88 km from Richards Bay. It is often referred to the Gateway to the Zululand Highlands and, in the SA edition of Trivial Pursuit, as having the cleanest air in the country!
This charming little town is surrounded by farmlands, mainly timber and sugar cane. Melmoth is well located for travellers wanting to explore the fascinating historical elements and nature and game reserves in the area. The area encompasses one of the largest conservancies in KwaZulu-Natal, plus a major bird sanctuary of the Zululand Birding Route and the well-known Zululand Heritage Route includes Melmoth as well as Pongola, Nongoma, Gingindlovu, Eshowe and Ulundi!
Hiking, biking and birding are popular in this part of the country and a stay here is a little off the beaten track, but close enough to enjoy much of what the Zulu province has to offer!
Melmoth and the surrounding areas accommodation includes self-catering units as well as quaint guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments. Private Game Lodges can also be found in the vicinity.
Things to do and see
- Mtonjaneni Zulu Cultural Museum
- Battlefields Route
- Rainbow / Zululand Heritage Route
- Nkandla Forest Reserve
- Melmoth Golf Course
- Eshowe Hills Golf Course
- Shakaland, 35 km
- Emakhosini Ophathe Heritage Park, 30 km
- Dlinza Forest Nature Reserve, 50 Km
Melmoth receives approximately 875 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 29˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 8˚C and 23˚C.
There are daily local flights into Richards Bay Airport, approximately 95 Km’s away via the R34, and into King Shaka Airport in Durban, approximately 162 Km’s away also via the R66 and the N2. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Melmoth was a gold rush town which was founded in 1888, after the area was annexed by the British in 1887, and named after Sir Melmoth Osborn who was the Commissioner of Zululand at the time.
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