The Baynesfield District is nestled between Richmond and Pietermaritzburg. It is more of a farming community than anything else with an active farmers club. One of Natal's greatest tycoons, Joseph Baynes (1842 – 1925), a Yorkshireman by birth, was a pioneer of the dairy industry. His Baynesfield Estate was bequeathed in his will to the nation of South Africa. The Estate consists of over 9000 hectares of farm and timber land and indigenous veld.

The main attraction in Baynesfield is the Baynesfield Estate which is filled with history of a bygone era. The Heritage Centre consists of the Baynesfield Estate Museums, Baynes House, the Heritage Garden, the Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club and the Woodcrafters. The imposing main Victorian home is a museum well worth a visit. There is also a kitchen and dairy museum. The historical garden is splendid and guests can picnic and enjoy the park-like beauty. The museums are open by prior arrangement. Four Country Fairs are held on the Estate every year as part of the Heritage Centre’s fundraising and marketing effort.


Book a tour of the museums on the estate and stay for morning tea or midday lunch. Baynesfield Estate boasts an idyllic venue for hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, bass fishing, as well as a host of other activities. The Estate’s picturesque self-catering lodge is situated on the 8.2 hectare Mbangweni dam.

How to get there

Follow the R56 from Middelburg through to Baynesfield, (Odometer 743km).
Follow the R56 from Pietermaritzburg straight through to Baynesfield, (Odometer 22km).

Getting Around

Self-drive would be best.

Where to Stay

The Baynesfield Estate has self-catering accommodation available. Try out the Garden Cottage by the main homestead or the Lodge and wooden chalets by the dam on the estate. Other options are the neighbouring towns of Richmond, Camperdown or Pietermaritzburg.

Where to Eat

There is a small trading post/shop in Baynesfield for basic self-catering necessities. Try the neighbouring towns of Richmond or Pietermaritzburg for restaurants or fast food outlets.


Eastern Cape: Middelburg Karoo, Cradock, Schoombee, Hofmeyr, Venterstad, Steynsburg, Burgersdorp, Molteno, Aliwal North, Queenstown, Lady Grey, Dordrecht, Indwe, Elliot, Barkly East, Rhodes, Ugie, Maclear, Mount Fletcher, Matatiele, Cedarville.
KwaZulu-Natal: Swartberg, Kokstad, Harding, Umzimkulu, Ixopo, Bulwer, Richmond, Baynesfield, Camperdown, Pietermaritzburg.