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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 390,00
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Gillys Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Camperdown

If you need a break from the busy city life, Gilly's offers tranquil wide open spaces, amazing views with incredible sunrises and sunsets.There is a trampoline, tennis court and an entertainment area with braai facilities for the Guests to use ...

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From R 275,00
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Little Europe

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

Little Europe Bed & Breakfast accommodation is situated 2km from Hayfields shopping centre, Scottsville Race Course, Nedbank Centre and Natal University.

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From R 750,00
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Oak Tree Manor

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Ladysmith

Charming old home built in the 1920's set in tranquil surrounds with large garden, big trees and swimming pool

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From R 385,00
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Brevisbrook Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

Enjoy the warmest hospitality in Pietermaritzburg as Patrick Laundy welcomes you to Brevisbrook. Guests feel most relaxed in this peaceful country style property set in lush surroundings overlooking indigenous trees and a bubbling stream.

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Sleeps: 17 in 4 units/rooms
From R 550,00
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Sunbird Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Howick

Exclusive use by guests. Guest Lounge with TV, off street parking with remote controlled access, log cabin type outdoor gazebo with fireplace. Two separate private sleeping wings. Malaria Free Area. English breakfast or alternatives by prior ...

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Sleeps: 18 in 6 units/rooms
From R 495,00
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Amber Avenue Guesthouse

Guest House Accommodation in Karkloof

Amber Avenue Guesthouse, (formerly known as Harrow Hill farm), is situated at 8 Karkloof Road, very close to Howick Village and the Amber Developments (Amber Valley etc). You can’t miss our elegant post- and – rail entrance!

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Station House Waterside Getaway

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Rosetta

Station House is conveniently located close to shops, banks and petrol stations, yet far enough away from development to hear no sound other than that of nature.

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Sleeps: 13
From R 350,00
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Merci Dieu

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hilton, Pietermaritzburg

Merci Dieu is the perfect spot for reunions, celebrations and family get-togethers. Merci Dieu sleeps 12 - 14 guests with 6 bedrooms (3 bedrooms have hand basins ), 3 bathrooms, 3 lounges, a large fully fitted kitchen and 2 spacious outside patios...

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From R 800,00
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Barland Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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

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Corrie Lynn Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dargle

If you need a private and quiet spot where you can contemplate life, write your memoirs or just relax, then this is the place for you. Corrie Lynn Cottage is situated on a rambling 125 year old farm in the Dargle. There are beautiful views over ...

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Sleeps: 9 in 2 units/rooms
From R 450,00
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Eva's Field Self Catering Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hilton, Pietermaritzburg

Self catering cottage situated on 50 acre farm property with breathtaking views into the Umgeni Valley and across to the Drakensberg. The cottage consists of two bedrooms - 1 double and 1 twin-bedded, fully airconditioned.

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Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms

Fish Eagles Lair

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Albert Falls Dam

Comfortable accommodation for up to 6 people in a self catering cottage. There is a Gas stove and freezer, hot and cold running water and lights, with braai facilities in your own secluded spot on the banks of one of the best bass dams in South Africa.

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Bushwillow Park

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Karkloof

There are the two cottages; the smaller option has a large bedroom, where the glorious winter sun's rays stream in to keep it warm and cosy. ( The en-suite bathroom is a shower, basin and loo.)

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Sleeps: 6
From R 300,00
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Clifton Stud

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Rosetta

Clifton stud offers you a single, privately situated cottage on the banks of a picturesque two hectare trout dam. The quaint cottage has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and can accommodate up to six guests

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From R 200,00
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Schuilklip Game Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Newcastle

Accommodation consists of 4 comfortable chalets each with its own lapa, built in braai and boma fire place for you to enjoy each other's company. Each chalet has 3 bedrooms and can accommodate 6 people.

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Sleeps: 10 in 5 units/rooms
From R 430,00
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Aberfeldy B & B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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'.

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Sleeps: 28 in 12 units/rooms

Midlands Forest Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Balgowan

Midlands Forest Lodge offers ten twin roomed chalets (i.e. two rooms to one chalet, each room sleeping two guests) on a bed and breakfast option. Each room has an ensuite shower and toilet, a small verandah, and facilities to make tea/coffee

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Sleeps: 14 in 5 units/rooms
From R 625,00
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Glen Ormond

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Rosetta

Glen Ormond is a 6 hectare property, elevated above the Mpofana River between Rosetta and Mooi River in the picturesque and serene Natal Midlands. There are abundant wildlife species which move freely through the properties in the region.

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The Oaks Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal

Nestled in the historical Byrne Valley lies an oasis of peace and tranquility. The Oaks Hotel has been welcoming guests for many generations and is justifiably acknowledged for the quality of its food and the ambiance of its facilities.

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Sleeps: 22 in 10 units/rooms
From R 500,00
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Valley Vista Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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...

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