KwaZulu-Natal\'s Midlands & Battlefields
THE MIDLANDS MEANDER
The enchanting KwaZulu-Natal Midlands has always been home to artists and crafts-people. In 1985 local artists, potters and weavers joined forces to create an arts and crafts route. Six studios opened their doors to the public and the Midlands Meander was born.
The aim was to encourage the public to take to the country, and to give visitors a chance to see crafts-people at work. By selling directly to visitors, the studios were able to keep prices down, and with the active support of hospitality establishments in the area, a unique route was formed. Other artists and crafts-people were encouraged to move to the area and today the Midlands Meander is a stimulating arts and crafts route.
Scenic beauty and picturesque villages
The Midlands can boast an excellent road infrastructure, which takes travellers through scenic beauty while linking meander outlets and picturesque villages along with some of South Africa\'s leading hotels and country houses, and a host of delightful bed and breakfast establishments.
Bird watchers and fishermen will enjoy a visit to the Chelmsford Nature Reserve just south of
There are many historical buildings, several of which date back to the 1880\'s. A number have been declared National Monuments including some well preserved Settler Churches.
Whether you\'re a local discovering the doorstep experiences of the region for the first time, an overseas traveller exploring this enchanting
countryside, or a holidaymaker en route to the coast, the Midlands Meander has something for everyone - all year round.
The National Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg
is a very pleasant place to take a stroll
under the shade of beautiful magnolias, some dating from the Victorian era. The Natal Museum in
Pietermaritzburg has impressive collections of insects and moluscs, as well as excellent exhibits of
dinosaurs and early human habitation.
It is difficult to imagine that the scenic and tranquil landscape of central and northern KwaZulu-Natal was once the focal point of major military clashes; where over a time span of 70 years, one historical drama after another unfolded against the backdrop of the
African veld and the majestic Drakensberg Mountains.
Largest concentration of battlefields in South Africa
The region boasts the largest concentration of battlefields in South Africa drawing visitors from all over the world. Here military engagements that were to shape the course of South African and world history, and rock the pedestal of the British Empire, raged over the green hills and sweeping grasslands of the region.
Every town, historical building, battlesite and memorial has a fascinating tale to tell, an event to commemorate, a poignant memory to recall.
But don\'t let the Battlefields description mislead you into thinking you are going to spend your time in the past. The region has the climate, scenery, wildlife, cultural diversity, cuisine and hospitality to make your visit unique and memorable.
Accommodation in the Midlands