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Midlands & Battlefields

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.

Accommodation in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands

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From R 700,00
Per unit, per night.

Barland Cottage

Self Catering House / Cottage in Dargle

"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

Sleeps: 38 in 2 units/rooms
From R 580,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Farquhar Lodge

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Ladysmith

Welcome to Farquhar Lodge bed & breakfast. Set in a beautiful "jungle like" garden and situated in central Ladysmith close to the main amenities of this historic town.

From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Bellwood

Self Catering House / Cottage in Nottingham Road

A mere four hours from Johannesburg and two hours from Durban, deep in the heart of the breathtaking Natal Midlands, rests Bellwood.We offer seven comfortable, fully equipped self-catering cottages.

Graded:
From R 330,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Nauntons Guest House

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Ladysmith

We offer a relaxing environment for both tourists and businesspersons, situated on the outskirts of a town full of historical interest. At Nauntons Guest House we pride ourselves on spoiling you and making it a perfect home away from home.

Sleeps: 11 in 4 units/rooms
From R 380,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Hilton View Bed & Breakfast

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Pietermaritzburg Area

We have 4 Bedrooms, 3 twins plus a family room with a Queen and two single beds. All rooms have coffee making facilities and their own Bathrooms, with TV's and fridges in three. Two rooms have balconies with lovely views. We have a magnificent Air...

Sleeps: 20 in 4 units/rooms
From R 510,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Caversham Mill Manor House

Self Catering House / Cottage in Lidgetton

Suite 4 is a family suite with 2 bedrooms (each bedroom has two single beds), Suite 5 is a double room with an en suite bathroom, Suite 6 is a double room with an en suite bathroom

Sleeps: 12 in 4 units/rooms
From R 450,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Escape Bed & Breakfast

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Dundee

Escape Bed & Breakfast 8 km out of Dundee on the Vryheid Road, situated on a farm surrounded with peaceful quietness and spectacular views. We have three (3) on-suite chalets. Each chalet sleeps two (2) persons.

From R 370,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Clivia Place

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Dundee

This cottage accommodates 4 people comfortably with its twin bedroom en-suite and a double bedroom en-suite. The recently built cottage boasts a modern fitted kitchen and comfortable living room, overlooking a tranquil garden with a variety of ...

Graded:
Sleeps: 2 in 1 unit/room
From R 495,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Bancroft B&B

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Hilton, Pietermaritzburg

Bancroft B&B is in Hilton, in the forested hills above Pietermaritzburg, the capital of Kwazulu-Natal. With its beautiful Georgian facade Bancroft offers 2 extremely comfortable, well appointed, luxury B&B suites accommodating 6 people

From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Mawelawela Lodge

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Elandslaagte

The rooms are comfortable with tea and coffee trays, wall safes, heating and electric blankets for winter and fans or air conditioners for summer. Radios, TV, hairdryers and dressing gowns are provided. Facilities include the use of fax and ...

Sleeps: 23 in 6 units/rooms
From R 410,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Lincoln Cottages

Self Catering House / Cottage in Pietermaritzburg Area

Lincoln Cottages was conceived, designed and landscaped by Ken and Monica Phillips. The tastefully decorated Cottages were hand built by the owners, and therefore the accommodation which is offered bears a reflection of love.

From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Gillys Guest House

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Camperdown

Gillys Guest House, near Camperdown and en route to Tala Valley is situated on the grounds of a working farm. From Camperdown you also have easy access to other attractions like the Natal Lion Park, Shongweni Dam Nature Reserve and more...

Sleeps: 17 in 4 units/rooms
From R 480,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Caversham Mill Country Cottages

Self Catering House / Cottage in Lidgetton

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.

From R 395,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Orchards bed and breakfast

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Camperdown

Orchards BnB is situated 8 KMS from KZN lion park and 10 KMS from Tala private game reserve. All 5 rooms have there own tv's and ensuite. Braai facilities are also available.

From R 270,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Belle Fleur Self Catering

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Montrose, Pietermaritzburg

Our apartment sleeps 3 comfortably and comprises of a bedroom with built-in cupboards, its own air-conditioner and a king size bed (which can be converted into 2 single beds).

From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Glengarth Cottages

Self Catering House / Cottage in Hilton, Pietermaritzburg

Two stylish self-catering cottages situated in a forested area, 2.5km from central Hilton. Set in a large peaceful garden with indigenous trees and abundant birdlife, each cottage has French doors opening onto its own private garden area

Graded:
Sleeps: 22 in 10 units/rooms
From R 500,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Valley Vista Lodge

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Pietermaritzburg Area

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...

From R 450,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Impangele B&B

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Howick

Impangele Bed and Breakfast is just a few minutes from the Howick North/Tweedie offramp from the N3 highway between Johannesburg and Durban. There are no long off-road treks to find our little piece of heaven, where rolling lawns.

Graded:
Sleeps: 28 in 15 units/rooms
From R 700,00
Per unit, per night.

Hunters Lodge

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Ladysmith

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

Graded:
Sleeps: 10 in 4 units/rooms
From R 380,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Aberfeldy B & B

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Pietermaritzburg Area

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'.