- New Hanover
There is not much to warrant a stopover in this small farming town however, the surrounding area offers opportunities for outdoor activities such as scenic walks, cycling, birding, fishing and the Durban beaches are just over an hours’ drive away.
New Hanover lies just north east of Albert Falls Dam and game reserve which provides a variety of birds, fishing and water sports and the Karkloof Nature Reserve is only 48 km outside of New Hanover and is a birders paradise with sightings of Cape parrot, southern ground hornbill, all three crane species, oribi and the Karkloof blue butterfly!
New Hanover is not the only small village in the area of German origin, it is surrounded by the quaint little hamlets of Harburg, Kirchdorf, Lillienthal, Schroeders, Hermannsburg and Wartburg. Wartburg is named after the castle in Eisenach where Dr Martin Luther translated the bible into German.
Accommodation establishments as well as restaurants and local shops can be found in the surrounding area, New Hanover itself has a general dealer dealer called Mafutas, a community centre and the odd quirky shop.
Things to do and see in the vicinity
- Benvie Farm, 5 km
- Wartburger Brauhaus, 10 km
- Karkloof Crane & Conservation Centre, 25 km
- Karkloof Moutain Bike Trails, 25 km
- Albert Falls Dam Nature Reserve, 24 km
- Albert Falls Amble
- Midlands Meander
New Hanover receives approximately 905 mm of rain annually with the majority of rainfall falling during the summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 5˚C and 23˚C.
There are daily flights into Pietermaritzburg Airport, approximately 44 km away via the R33. Car Hire facilities are available at the airport.
New Hanover was established in the 1950’s by German cotton planting families. It also once served as a coach stop where tired travellers could stay overnight.
Today this area's principal economy is the sugarcane industry, while the farming of fruits, grains and timber also feature prominently.
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