Route 56 - Middelburg to Pietermaritzburg
Route 56 - Middelburg to Pietermaritzburg

Route 56


Route 56 Information

Try something different when travelling from Cape Town to Durban. Take the scenic Route 56 from Middelburg to Pietermaritzburg.

For those who like to travel on gravel stay on the N1 until Richmond and then turn of onto Route 56 towards Middelburg. It is gravel for about 110km to Middelburg. From there tar all the way to Pietermaritzburg. 

Should you prefer tar all the way turn off towards Murraysburg and then to Graaff Reinet. From there carry on with the N9 to Middelburg.

Along both routes you will find ample accommodation ranging from Hotels, B&Bs, Farm Stays and Camp sites.

For your convenience we list some below.


Route 56 Map


Route 56 Points of Interest

  • Karoo Hiking and Walks
    Karoo Spoor Activities
    Enjoy our glorious scenery on foot. You can make your walk or hike as tough or as easy as you like through bush, veld or mountain. Keep an eye out for springbuck, fallow deer, blesbuck, mountain rhebuck, antbears, porcupines and more. More Info
    Phone: 049 842 1627
  • Karoo River Cabins Rates & Availability
    Karoo Spoor Accommodation
    Set in the stunning surrounds of the Karoo, this perfect farm get-away combines the breathtaking beauty of the veld, expansive horizons, blue-grey mountains, wide-open skies and all-year round exciting river rafting. Perched on the banks of the... More Info
    Phone: 084 429 9944
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    • Accommodation Types
    • Self Catering
    • Camp Sites
    • Farm Getaway
  • Hillston Farm Stay Rates & Availability
    Karoo Spoor Accommodation
    There is something magical about the vast semi-desert region known simply as the Karoo. At Hillston Farm you'll experience South African hospitality with a difference - farm style with a touch of class. More Info
    Phone: 049 842 1627
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    • Accommodation Types
    • Bed And Breakfast
    • Self Catering
    • Farm Getaway
  • Karoo Photo Tours - Rob Southey
    Karoo Spoor Activities
    Come and join Rob on ‘Karoo Photo Tours’ to explore the area and capture the beauty! Enjoy the warm hospitality, farmhouse accommodation and home cooked meals. Learn to get the most our of your digital camera as we offer tuition in the... More Info
    Phone: N/A
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  • @Schoombee is a self catering farmhouse located just off the R56 between Middelburg and Steynsburg in the Karoo halfway between: Johannesburg and Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth, Durban and Cape Town / Cape South Coast. Enjoy the peace... More Info
    Phone: 049 842 1514
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    • Accommodation Types
    • Self Catering
    • Farm Getaway
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