Local legend has it that only the traditional healers of South Africa (locally known as Sangomas) are able to approach the water safely, but for the sole purpose of offering prayers. According to local legend, the Inkanyamba, a dreadful creature with the body of a serpent lives in the waterfall. The monster is said to have more power during the hot seasons, when its wrath sends storms around the region.
In addition to the powerful aspect of the serpent, over 40 deaths have been reported since the early discoveries of the falls by European explorers in the nineteenth century.
Despite or probably because of its notorious history, Howick Falls has become a major tourist destination in South Africa. In addition to the outrageous deaths that have attracted the attention of many, the waterfall offers magnificent views as high-speed turbulent jets of water plunges into the bottom. The view is bewildering and tranquil at the same time. If you are the adventurous kind, you can stroll from the viewing area along Morling Road to the waterfall. Along the road, there is a small coffee shop for drinks. The attraction is truly incredible and reflects the pure beauty of Howick and Howick falls and the danger and fun of being so near to such as notorious body of turbulent water.
The viewing platform offers magnificent views of Howick Falls and is easily accessible via the Morling Road. There’s also an information board covering more fascinating stories about the waterfall. An important tip is to visit during the day. Be careful when walking near the waterfall as the Umgeni River is known to be dangerous.