Sunbird Guesthouse

Situated 1.5km from the N3, Sunbird Guesthouse is a personal establishment offering graded accommodation in a beautiful country environment with a high standard of privacy and security.

Howick is the hub of the Midlands waterfall country, 20 minutes from Pietermaritzburg the capital of KwaZulu-Natal and one hour from Durban, Southern Drakensburg and the Sani Pass. Your host Nicky lives in the garden cottage connected by intercom, keeping the personal touch.

Guests can relax in the quiet landscaped bird and Japanese garden.  After a long day’s journey or outing one may rejuvenate and experience the beneficial effects of the private Superior Spa Jacuzzi (small fee to cover usage) or sunbathe on the private lawn.

An English breakfast, or alternatives by prior request, is served in the communal log cabin type outdoor gazebo. Dining and braai (barbeque) facilities are available. They have a courtesy fridge with soft drinks, etc.

DSTV in all rooms. Off-street parking with remote controlled access to the property. There is also an ADSL connection for e-mail and internet facilities plus computer and fax.

There are many restaurants in the area, a shopping centre with SPAR including TOPS bottle store and ATM, post office, butcher, Scooters Pizza and hairdresser.


Bed & Breakfast:

Barbet 1:

An extra length king size bed with full en-suite. There is a television with DSTV, ceiling fan and wall heater. Tea/coffee making facilities are available. Barbet 1 opens out onto the beautiful Japanese Garden.

Robin 1:

Robin 1 has a King or Twin bed (Please state preference) with en-suite shower. There is a television with DSTV, a ceiling fan and wall heater. Robin 1 also has a bar fridge. Tea/coffee making facilities are available and the room opens out onto the spectacular bird garden.

NB: Robin 1 and Robin 2 make excellent family unit.

Robin 2:

Robin 2 offers a queen bed with a fan and wall heater. There is a television with DSTV, an en-suite bathroom with a shower over bath. Tea/coffee making facilities are available.

NB: Robin 1 and Robin 2 make excellent family unit.

Self-catering cottage:

The self-catering cottage has two bedrooms and looks out onto the beautiful Japanese garden. It has a separate vehicle entrance with remote controlled access. The main room has a queen bed and the other a double bed. There is a sleeper couch for one extra guest. It has a lounge with a television and DSTV, and dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. The cottage has not yet been graded but is of a high standard.


  • View the wonder of the +100m Howick Falls (½-1 day); 
  • Visit the Midmar Dam situated within the 1600ha Nature Reserve (½-1 day); 
  • Arrange a day hike or just drive through the Umgeni Valley Reserve and experience Africa’s wildlife and bush splendour (½-1 day); 
  • Tour the award winning art and craft related Midlands Meander route and enjoy one of South Africa’s best country farming regions (1-2 days); 
  • See the Southern Drakensberg range with an opportunity to travel up Sani Pass (1 day); 
  • Golf at two very close courses in the area; 
  • Other sports nearby include tennis, squash, bowls, hot-air ballooning, hang gliding and water sports; and
  • Enjoy a day of fun and adventure at the Karkloof Canopy Tours.
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