The village of Nottingham Road lies in the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal midlands approximately 40 minutes from the capital, Pietermaritzburg and 1¼ hours from Durban. It is also 1½ hours from the southern and central Drakensberg and only 3½ hours from Johannesburg.
The area enjoys warm summer seasons (with a bit of rain) and mild to cold winters with the chance of experiencing snowfalls during winter.
The area is well known for dairy farming, horse stud farms, fly fishing, crafters, artists and sculptors and the home cottage industry. The area also boasts a number of well known spa’s, hotels and fine dining establishments. The village also has a golf course which is widely recognised by the golfing fraternity as excellent and challenging. There is also a further four golf courses within a 45 minute drive of the village. The locale is also home to some top private schools – Michael House and Clifton. The area hosts a number of nationally recognised events during the year including the Midmar Mile swim and the Wildfly Corporate Fly Fishing Challenge which boasts prizes to the value of over one million rand and obviously a number of equestrian events. Another event which is growing in popularity is the Highland Games held at Fort Nottingham, the original fort is still standing and is a legacy to the beginnings of Nottingham Road.
Also in Nottingham Road is the famous Rawdons Micro-Brewery which brews four different types of beer and the Stables Wine Estate which has the first KZN wine of origin label. This wine estate has won numerous local and international awards. The cheese making industry is also well represented in the vicinity.
The area is also favoured as a choice destination for conferences and weddings with the bridal parties coming from all over South Africa. It also appears to be favoured as a romantic getaway destination where lovers snuggle under a blanket in front of the fire whilst consuming the local fare.
The popularity of the area and its many attractions is mirrored by the large number of B&B’s, guest lodges and hotels available to cater for any need.
For more information:
The Nottingham Road Tourism and Information Centre is situated in the Junction Complex. This office is staffed seven days a week and services include booking of accommodation, advising visitors of the many attractions providing maps and brochures of the area and dealing with general enquiries.