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Mooi River is a small town in the picturesque KwaZulu Natal Midlands. It is situated 64 kilometres from Pietermaritzburg and 160 kilometres from Durban. It is surrounded by rolling green hills, and in the distance, the Drakensberg Mountains.

The town lies on the banks of the Mooi River, which means 'beautiful river' in Dutch and Afrikaans, and its name is a direct result of its location. However, Mooi River hasn't always been known as such. The town's history is traced back to Alexander Lawrence, who owned a farm on the banks of the river, known as Grantleigh. In 1884 construction of the railway line connecting Durban at the coast, and Johannesburg in the interior, reached the Mooi River area and the line was built over Lawrence's land. As a result of the line he decided to build a train station and develop a small village around it. He named the settlement Lawrenceville.

When it was eventually proclaimed a town in 1921, the town's name was changed to Mooi River.

Today Mooi River is a thriving little town. Up until 2002 it was home to a large textile business, Mooi River Textiles, which accounted for much of the urban economy of the area. These days the area's economy is reliant on tourism, retail entrepreneurship and agriculture.

The main agricultural pursuits involve dairy farming and race-horse breeding. There are a number of well-known stud farms in the area, such as Summerhill, where tours of the facilities can be arranged with prior notice.

Mooi River lies on the scenic Midlands Meander route. This is an arts and crafts route initiated by the locals in the Midlands area to encourage tourism in their neck of the woods. Apart from the artisanal goods on offer, the route is beautiful and very enjoyable because of it.

Other activities in and around Mooi River include walking and hiking, fly-fishing and partaking in numerous water sports, like canoeing and tubing, on the river.

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Qambathi Mountain Lodge
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Looking for something different in the Drakensberg, visit Qambathi Mountain Lodge. Original art form an integral part of the exclusive handmade furniture and decor used, setting new standards in the ... More Info

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We are an established bed & breakfast in the Natal Midlands, bordering on Hartford house, and overlooking Summerhill stud farm, secretly deemed, The Land of Legends. We cater for guests who are in se... More Info

Zulu Waters Game Reserve
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Your own Private African Retreat in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands of South Africa, ZuluWaters Game Reserve offers you the exclusive use of its 7000 acre estate, your time here tailored to create the expe... More Info

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Eccentric, romantic Treehouse accommodation on the Kwa- Zulu Natal Midlands Meander. Our Unique artistically designed Treehouses will inspire and encourage you to relax, unwind and relive your chil... More Info

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Fountain Hall Guest House is on a working dairy farm situated 7 km from Mooi River nestled in the foothills of the Kamberg and Drakensberg mountains in the heart of the Natal Midlands, and on the Midl... More Info

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Waterhoek Guest Farm is situated in a beautiful valley right on the Mooi River. It is 15km outside of Mooi River Town and Close to both Treverton and Weston Schools. Accommodation consists of 2 full... More Info

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On the Giants Castle Rd. Wild Berry Guest Farm is set in the heart of the Drakensberg and is a birdwatchers dream. An ideal base to discover the local attractions, explore the farm or enjoy a game ... More Info

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The Manor House by night. Walk in the gardens in the peace and safety of the surrounding area. Listen to the sounds of the night. Gleneagles is situated in the heart of Mooi River, surrounded by fo... More Info

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The Lords of the Manor is 4 Star graded and Highly Recommended by the AA as an Historic 19th Century Boutique Hotel. Lords of the Manor overlooks beautiful, lush farmlands surrounded by trout streams ... More Info

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Silver Hill Lodge is a privately owned estate situated in the beautiful Kamberg Valley of the Central Drakensberg. It is a mere 35 minutes from Nottingham Road and Mooi River. The Little Berg mountain... More Info

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Mooi River Reviews

Mooi River
Did not visit the town but the farm was stunning
- Estelle Janse Van Rensburg

Mooi River
Lots of nice things to do in the area but Mooi River itself is dirty. Compared to the other towns in the area Mooi River is by far the worst

- Vernon Keys

Mooi River
Very beautiful and scenic. Definitely a must for anyone wanting to take a sho't left
- Warren Chetty

Mooi River
Mooi River is now just a bit of a shanty town, but you just drive through it. The farm is quite a distance away so it does not really have any effect on the Zulu waters reserve.
- Craig Zieseniss

Mooi River
Lovely little town and enjoyed our time in the open air.
- Lynette Pistorius