The Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy hosts an annual Aloe Festival which is normally held over the first weekend in July

Ashburton Aloe Festival 2017 General Information

The Ashburton Aloe Festival will be held over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd July in the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy, 10 km east of Pietermaritzburg.  An annual event borne out of the close-knit communities passion for conserving this beautiful bushveld environment, six venues are open to the public to enjoy the natural beauty of the giant flowering Aloe candelabrum, amidst the peace and tranquillity of the valley.  The event helps raise awareness for the conservation of both natural and cultural heritage, including the wealth of wildlife species, as a living legacy for our children. The event is hosted by the Mpushini Valley Conservancy and showcases the Mpushini Protected Environment, the first such community conservation area in Kwazulu-Natal.  The six venues include: Galago Farm, TopRock Farm, Impala Bend, Rocky Wonder Aloes Nursery, Spencer’s Place and the Hackland Aloe Garden.  Things to do include: Specialist talks and walks, Self-Guided trails, Aloe, and indigenous plant sales including succulent, grasses, groundcovers, enjoy light music, a variety of stalls including crystal, mineral and gemstones, hot meals including vegetarian options, soups and home baked bread, tea garden, pancakes and refreshments, pony rides and the natural beauty, peace and tranquillity of this special hidden valley. Tickets are R30 per person and allow entry to all venues for the duration of the weekend.  Children under 12 are free.  There is a children’s art and environmental programme at venue 1 including child supervision at a nominal cost.  Directions: take N3, Ashburton exit 69, Turn right, continue 4 km onto D389, After the ticket sales booth follow signs to venues 1 – 5.  To get to venue six take the N3 exit 69 Ashburton turnoff, turn right onto Pope Ellis Drive towards Ashburton East, continue past the ticket sales and proceed for 12 km as follows.  After crossing the Msunduzi river at the junction of D389 turn right towards Bishopstowe.  Continue 2km and turn right.  Continue for 2km and turn left at the signpost Rick Hackland Farm. After 50m turn right into the palm lined avenue to reach Femma and Rick Hackland’s Aloe Garden.  For more information phone Darlene Bond on 082 933 5036