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Information on Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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Mooi River is a small town situated in KwaZulu-Natal. Stretches of the Mooi River offer boating facilities whilst the upper reaches of the Mooi are a fly fisherman's paradise. Further upstream, the Mooi River Falls are a spectacular sight when the river is in flood.

Outside the town, the Craigieburn Dam has camping sites and picnic spots. The predominant occupation in the area is dairying and stock farming. The Mooi River area is home to some of South Africa's finest stud farms of which several offer tours to visitors. In the hills of the small game park within Treverton there exist some trenches used in the Boer wars. From these the Boers observed English movements at Weston.

History of Mooi River

The first European settlement in the area was at Mooi River Drift in 1852. This was formally named Weston in 1866 after the first Governor of Natal, Martin West. In 1879, an Irishman named Alexander Lawrence purchased the farm "Grantleigh" upstream from Weston, on the banks of the Mooi River. "Mooirivier" is Afrikaans for "beautiful river". In 1884, the railway line from Durban, on the coast, to Johannesburg, in the interior, reached the area and was built across Alexander Lawrence's land. He subsequently laid out and establish the village of Lawrenceville on his farm "Grantleigh" and so is known as "The Father of Mooi River". In 1921, the village was renamed Mooi River when it was declared a town. It lies on the principal road N3 and rail routes between Johannesburg and Durban. Although the railway-station is no longer used for passengers, goods are still carried. There is a toll plaza located at Mooi River.

Towns and Suburbs of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa

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