Dargle is a tiny settlement which consists of a small, but wholesome community. You'll find it in the Dargle Valley, in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. It's close to Pietermaritzburg and lies in the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg Mountains. Its nearest 'big' town is Howick and the little hamlet forms part of the charming Midlands Meander. These are all very good characteristics for a holiday destination.
Dargle, like most of the Midlands' small towns, is the hub of a farming community. Life there is simple, with an abundance of vegetable gardens, happy chickens laying eggs and contented cows waiting to be milked. The combination of fresh produce, fresh air and beautiful scenery ensures that all who visit leave feeling happy and refreshed.
The scenery referred to above is iconic for its endless hills, lush greenery, indigenous forests and dams. Green is very much the signature colour of the landscape, especially in the hot, wet summers when late afternoon thunder storms are common (winters are both drier and a lot cooler).
The Dargle Conservancy, situated near the town, is a community initiative and a treasure trove of sights. Within its boundaries you'll find wetlands, indigenous forest and indigenous grasslands, and of course, all the little creatures and plants which call these habitats home. Among them are numerous wild flower species, butterflies, birds and trees. Anyone with even a slight interest in these things will be blown away by the variety on show.
One can enjoy the area by foot, on a bike or on horse-back and other ways to fill your time include checking out the Midlands Meander and popping down to the local market for fresh produce, artisanal bread, hand-made cheese and more. It takes place on the first Sunday of each month.
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Mount Park Guest Farm is situated in the beautiful Dargle region of KwaZulu Natal Midlands at the foot of the Inhlosane mountain. The diverse combination of grassland, indigenous forest and wetlands ... More Info
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The 6 bedroom 1940's dolerite stone and thatch farmhouse is settled snugly in the mist-belt forests of the Dargle. Come and relax in the rather expansive acre-large private gardens or use the house as... More Info
Beverley Country Cottages are set in the beautiful Dargle Valley of the Natal Midlands, on the farm Beverley, where the early Irish settlers set up home in the late 1800's. It is part of the Midlands ... More Info
Tanglewood Country House is a magnificent Country House, set in the heart of the beautiful Midlands Meander and just 15 Minutes away from Midmar Dam. Built in 1885, Tanglewood is steeped in history. A... More Info
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Lemonwood is in the heart of the peaceful Dargle valley and conservancy area in the Natal Midlands. We are conveniently situated for the crafts of the Midlands Meander, access to the many schools in ... More Info
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Set on 2000 hectares in a secluded valley on the southern side of the Inhluzane Mountain, in the Upper Dargle, KZN Midlands, Tillietudle... More Info
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Our quaint 2- bedroom thatched cottage situated on the Lions River is the ideal spot from which to explore the Midlands meander or indulge in a quiet countryside retreat. We are surrounded by lovely ... More Info
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Would love to own or manage a bed and breakfast there
- Marius Brits
Very quaint spot with great things for kids to do.
- Kathy Mann
Dargle is a beautiful part of the Meander. Very rustic and peaceful. All the accommodations seemed to be set in quaint but beautiful surrounds. Lots of beautiful autumn colours. The highlight for us was dinner at Il Postino - the pizza's are superb. Don't let the seemingly long and winding road put you off. There are gems to be found in this area!
- Tess Singh
Beautiful and under-rated as a destination.
- Julie Parle
Dargle is a charming little spot, dotted with little treasures. I will definitely be back sooner rather than later.
- leann munian