Himeville, Drakensberg, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
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Himeville is a small village/town situated in the foothills of the picturesque Southern Drakenberg, KWA-Zulu, South Africa, approx 130 km from Pietermaritzburg. It is a landmark en route to the world-famous Sani Pass and the uKhahlamba Drakenberg Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Himeville is the closest town to the Sani Pass, which links the town with Mokhotlong in Lesotho.
Himeville was named in 1902 after the then Prime Minister of Natal, Sir Albert henry Hime, a road engineer elected as Prime Minister of Natal in 1889. The town was first established as a police outpost and a branch of the Border Mounted Rifles in 1890 following a spate of gun-running and cattle rustling in the area.
The stone buildings which now comprises the Himeville Museum were built from 1896 to 1899 as the last of Natal's loop-holed forts. it was converted to a prison in 1902 and continued housing prisoners until 1972. An open-air exhibition of settler and agricultural history is surrounded by many display rooms housing themed exhibits. The prison warder's house is decorated in the style of the early 20th century.
Covering the Bulwer, Underberg and Himeville communities, it commemorates the way of life of all the erstwhile inhabitants of the last frontier of Natal and has fairly extensive archives.
The Himeville Museum is one of the top rural museums in the country due to its wide range of exhibits. From fossils and stone age artifacts to a comprehensive display on the Bushmen, the early settlers as well as African beadwork and artifacts.
The display also covers the Anglo Boer War and the two World Wars. There is an old post office and a schoolroom, wildlife display and many farming implements and machinery including a blacksmiths forge and a workshop.
The museum is housed in the old stone fort or laager started in 1896 by the Border Mounted Rifles sent to police the area after the LeFleur Rebellion of 1895. Completed in 1899 it was only used once on the strength of a rumour and no fighting took place nearby. It was taken over by the Natal Mounted Police after the Anglo Boer War and turned into a prison by the addition of the warder's house and magistrates court along with a number of cells. Abandoned as a prison in 1972 it became a museum in 1976 and was declared a National Monument in 1981. It is now affiliated to the KZN Provincial Museum Service.
Himeville Old Residency
Located on the corner of Arbuckle and Clayton streets, Himeville, built in 1898 and until recently in constant use as the Magistrate's residence since construction.
Himeville Nature Reserve
The reserve stretches along the eastern boundary of Himeville Village and was proclaimed to its present size of 104 ha in 1973. There are a couple of species of antelopes to be seen and birds on the small dams; you can stroll round most of it in about 30 minutes, which makes a pleasant evening walk if you are staying at one of several pleasant accommodation establishments or hotel nearby.
Old English charm nestled below the towering Drakensberg Mountains.
Our Inn is located on the main road of the quaint village of Himeville. With its tree-lined avenues, you will feel at home in no time, thanks to the friendly faces of those living here. Enjoy a short or extended stay with bed and breakfast facilities, in the heart of nature. The hotel is a mere 12km from the Premier Resort Sani Pass and 3km from the Himeville airstrip, which provides facilities for private aircraft.
Reflecting its 20th Century origins
Our Inn opened its doors in 1904 and still reflects its 20th-century origins today. The comfortable rooms are furnished featuring modern amenities amongst antique furniture giving it that old-time feel of lavish splendour. Backpackers routinely enjoy the old-world charm the Inn has to offer.
Ideal base to explore the Drakenberg
This is the ideal base to explore the Southern Drakensberg and caters for both individual and family travellers alike. It is also a renowned stop over for overnight affordable accommodation, as guests like to spend an evening in the Inn's historic pub.
Experience the Drakensberg Grandeur
The district is renowned for its natural beauty. Guests can enjoy fishing as well as golfing, hiking, horse riding, tennis and bowls at the famous Premier Resort Sani Pass, nearby. The River Glen Cheese Farm is a popular stop for “foodies” looking to explore local cuisine and produce. The tours up the Sani Pass are a must and your guide will regale you with the history of the trails and the pass dating back over 400 years. In Lesotho, visit an authentic Basotho Hut, learn about the Flag language of the huts and see how they live.
Travel back in time through the rich history of the Himeville area.
Experience the rustic ambiance of our 17 rooms. Featuring modern amenities alongside antique furniture that dates back to the earliest days of the hotel.
Restaurant and bar
Quaint, old-world charm conferencing in Himeville. The tranquil surroundings and friendly staff will make your function or event truly unique.
Home to the historic Himeville Arms Pub which serves a wide selection of draughts, craft draughts and local wines.
From pub-grub to relaxing sundowners, guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the Drakensberg Mountains.
An extensive menu is available from 11.00am till late every day, serving tasty pub lunches and dinners. The ambiance and good cheer emanating from this warm country-style pub has become legendary and the beautiful dining settings available in the garden and pool area, surrounded by lush greenery, a must-visit.
Discover historic conference and meeting venues nestled below the towering Drakensberg mountains.
Our conference facilities cater for up to 100 delegates. Choose between 4 venues dependant on your requirements. Our friendly and professional staff will assist you and your delegates as needed.
For any delegates wanting to overnight in the area, our Inn is perfectly located to explore the area. Just 12km from Sani Pass, this is the perfect place to explore the mountains and enjoy some outdoor activities such as paragliding. Contact one of our consultants today to book your next conference with Premier Hotel Himeville Arms. Conference organisers can expect excellent service standards, flawless event co-ordination and tailor-made packages to suit every need.
The standard conference package includes: