The enchanting KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander 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 KZN Midlands Meander was born.
The aim of the Midlands Meander was to encourage the public to take to the country, and to give visitors a chance to find interesting accommodation in the Natal Midlands and 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, such as Midlands Bed and Breakfasts and Natal Midlands self catering accommodation, 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 with quaint and exciting Natal Midlands accommodation options.
The Natal Midlands Meander reaches from the N3 freeway to well into the Drakensberg Mountain Range. Holiday Travellers between Johannesburg and Durban would benefit from an overnight stay in one or two of the Natal Midlands accommodation bed and breakfast or Guest House options.
Scenic beauty and picturesque villages
The Natal Midlands can boast an excellent road infrastructure, which takes travellers through scenic beauty while linking Midlands Meander outlets and picturesque villages along with some of South Africa's leading hotel accommodation and Midlands guest houses, and a host of delightful Drakensberg or Midlands bed and breakfast establishments. Bird watchers and fishermen will enjoy a visit to the Chelmsford Nature Reserve just south of Newcastle, which also forms a part of the Midlands Meander route.
There are many historical buildings in the Natal Midlands, 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 Natal Midlands local discovering the doorstep experiences of the region for the first time, an overseas traveller exploring this enchanting Midlands Meander 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, all adding to the interesting activities dotted around the Midlands Meander.
THE BATTLEFIELDS Accommodation and activities
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 in the Natal Battlefields / Midlands region, and all of this against the backdrop of the African veld and the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. This region can get quite cold in Summer and scorching hot in Winter which calls for comfortable accommodation in this Battlefields Region. Air conditioned accommodation or adequate heating should be considered when booking into a Natal Battlefields bed and breakfast or Guest House. Battlefields Self Catering accommodation which is generally more cost-effective should also be considered, for larger parties. If you are uncertain about comfortable midlands accommodation options, then check out the star-graded properties on Where to Stay.
Largest concentration of battlefields in South Africa
The Natal Battlefields Region boasts the largest concentration of battlefields in South Africa drawing visitors from all over the world, especially British holiday makers who take advantage of a healthy exchange rate and book into some of the wonderful Battlefields accommodation guest houses and Midlands bed and breakfasts. In these Midlands Battlefields military engagements were to shape the course of South African and world history, and rock the pedestal of the British Empire. Battles raged over the green hills and sweeping grasslands of the Natal Midlands.
Every town, historical building, battle site and memorial has a fascinating tale to tell, an event to commemorate, a poignant memory to recall.
But don't let the KwaZulu Natal 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 Midlands accommodation hospitality to make your visit unique and memorable.
Although the towns of Colenso forms a part of the Natal Midlands Battlefields Route, accommodation options are very limited.
Estcourt, Ladysmith, Newcastle and Dundee bed and breakfast or Guest Houses form the "bigger town" options, not to say that you should not visit some of the smaller, historic Midlands accommodation options on Where to Stay.
Hillhouse Accommodation was featured in Elle Decoration - The Country Issue June/July 2013. Also in House and Leisure - The Travel Issue, 101 Dream escapes in May 2015. Again in Getaway mag 2015 and Midlands life in 2008.
Top class executive accommodation with all that this entails. Our Breakfasts are legendary - continental or Full English. Private leisure areas for guests - lounge and much more. Only the best service and attention to...
The guest wing offers double rooms, family accommodation, a cosy honeymoon bedroom and garden cottage. Rates include a generous farm style breakfast served in the dining room or on the patio and morning and afternoon tea. All beds have electric ...
In the heart of the Karkloof, KZN Midlands, Mizpah Farm Retreat is nestled between two small rivers overlooking the Karkloof mountain range. The property is ideally located for access to the renowned Karkloof Mountain Bike trails, Karkloof Canopy Tours, t
Little Fields is a small piece of rural heaven in the Kwazulu Natal Midlands. Set just outside of Hilton, overlooking fields and pastures, this guesthouse offers you a tranquil setting in which to catch your breath.
Two furnished and fully equipped self catering units. Each unit is approx 44 square metres. Each unit has 2 single beds and a sleeper couch. The beds are fitted with electric blankets for those chilly winter nights.
The hotel comprises seventeen luxurious, individually appointed double suites with private verandas, underfloor heating and dream bathrooms, each with bath and shower, and a dressing area.
Located in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, just 24kms from Pietermaritzburg, is the town of Howick, named after the Secretary for State for the Colonies, Henry Grey, who had recently acquired the title of Lord Howick. Here you will find the Howick ...
Duvet & Crumpets offers various self-catering accommodation options. There are double/twin en-suite units as well as garden cottages. The garden cottages are ideal for "relocation" purposes and long-term stays are available. For larger groups, ...
Mount West farm cottage is a 4 bedroom period style family home that has been beautifully restored as a fully equipped, self catering cottage for weekend getaways.
"Rose Cottage" is a very pretty thatched cottage with its own private entrance, and pretty fenced garden. The cottage consists of one bedroom with a double bed, and two single day beds in the lounge area
Elvesida Farm is a small working farm situated on 100 acres in the beautiful Boston Valley of the Natal Midlands, approximately one & a half hour drive from Durban and five hours from Johannesburg.
Aberdeen house is a Tudor styled home set in a tree lined Avenue in Newcastle, South Africa. The house is decorated in a subtle Scottish theme. The garden is surrounded by big trees which attract an abundant bird life and the garden is a delight in the
Aberfeldy Bed and Breakfast is personally supervised by owners Phyll and Roy Geyser together their willing and friendly staff and a warm and friendly welcome awaits you. We are your 'home from home'.
On a beautiful beef and maize farm in the Kwazulu natal midlands, we have 3 cosy, rustic cottages catering for families of 4 or just for couples.
Hunters Lodge is a family run Bed & Breakfast centrally situated in Ladysmith. We have 15 well appointed rooms which are tastefully decorated each with en-suite shower, air-conditioning, TV (DStv), tea/coffee/hot chocolate and are secluded in par
Three wood and iron cottages were built on the property as Mill Manager houses for the Caversham Mill. They date from the early 1900s, and every effort has been made to preserve the original style in order to maintain their historical heritage.
Mountain View is an entertainment centre that caters to a host of family fun and general shenanigans. A charming and rustic venue jam-packed with a wide range of activities for Groupies to occupy themselves with and staff friendlier than the neighbourhoo
KwaNyoni Cottages offer a unique concept in accommodation; imaginatively transformed from old stables and a farm building, these three eclectically decorated self-catering units are set on a tranquil agricultural property with panoramic views over the