The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

New Hanover

Afrikaans name: New Hanover

The main road through New Hanover

Photo by Claire Herbert

New Hanover is a small farming town situated halfway between Pietermaritzburg and Greytown. It is not far from Albert Falls Dam. The town is located on the Starkspruit River which winds its way through the region. It is often misty here and can vary in being hot in summer and quite cold in winter.

It was founded in 1850. The original German settlers named it after the German city of Hanover.

The surrounding farmlands produce a variety of crops including timber, fruit and grain, but sugarcane is the main one. Plantations are a feature of this area, whether its wattle or sugarcane, and are responsible for virtually all the economic activity.

There is not a lot of accommodation available near New Hanover, but one could also look at accommodation options at Albert Falls Dam or Greytown.

Have you visited New Hanover? What's it like?

References and further reading

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 231

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 139

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 241


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