uMngeni - Howick Conservancy

After leaving Midmar Dam, the uMngeni river runs through Howick before plummeting 97 metres over the Howick Falls into the gorge through the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve. 

Along the banks of the river above the falls, a group of volunteers, managed by Bill Speight, keep paths mown and invasive plants under control.This area is very popular with walkers and dogs and a great asset to the town. Otters have been spotted, guinea fowl and Nile monitors are seen regularly and many wetland plants line the banks.

Friends of the Symmonds Stream was formed last year to take care of this little suburban stream which had become choked with invasive plants and dumped rubbish.  An exceptional voluntary effort had resulted in a delightful path and a regular walk.

Friends of the Falls works together to clear litter and alien vegetation in the area around Nogqaza (Howick Falls), which is a site sacred to the San and Zulu people.

Local environmental activists have a vision of including all these areas into a formal uMngeni River Conservancy - from Midmar Dam wall to the eastern border of Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve, including Beacon Hill and Symmonds Lane Stream, the Forgotten Falls, Eridene Stream and Amber Valley.

More information on Symmonds Stream can be found here

More information on uMngeni-Howick Conservancy can be found here.

To read a Blogpost on Bill Speight's work click here.


Symmonds Stream - Pam Haynes - 033 330 4747.
uMngeni Howick Conservancy - Bill Speight - 076 303 1380.