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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 220,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Aird Country Cottages

Self Catering House / Cottage in Dargle

Come to the Midlands and enjoy the country air and beautiful mountains and views. We have spacious self catering cottages, you only need to bring food and relax or maybe we can do the cooking for you. (booking only), The cottages have cosy log ...

Sleeps: 10 in 3 units/rooms
From R 200,00
Per person, per night sharing.

At Home Self Catering 24

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Clarendon, Pietermaritzburg

Our apartment sleeps 4 and comprises two bedrooms, a full bathroom, a fully equipped granite kitchen as well as an open plan dining room and lounge with small patio

Sleeps: 2 in 1 unit/room
From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Rhubeg Farm Cottage

Self Catering House / Cottage in Dargle

This is a single cottage with one bedroom containing a king size bed and offering very special views from the dormer window. It has a small but fully equipped kitchen and I provide tea, coffee, sugar and milk.

Sleeps: 6 in 1 unit/room
From R 900,00
Per unit, per night.

Lake Zonk

Self Catering House / Cottage in Mooi River

The cottage on Lake Zonk is an ideal getaway. Situated only a few metres from the waters edge, it provides spectacular views and easy access to water based activities.

The Riverhouse

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Estcourt

The Riverhouse is an elegantly restored Cape Dutch house in Estcourt. The huge lounge, has a Jetmaster fireplace (wood supplied) and Hi-Fi. There is a separate diningroom, where a kingly breakfast is served. Dinner can also be arranged in advance.

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

D'Vigne Lodge

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Greytown

This classic Victorian home built in 1903 and beautifully restored with original pressed ceilings and sash windows. The main house has six bedrooms all en-suite

Sleeps: 12 in 6 units/rooms
From R 570,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Blue Haze Country Lodge

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Estcourt

Blue Haze Country Lodge is a charming lodge set in mountain and lake scenery bordering the popular Wagendrift Dam in the picturesque foothills of the majestic Drakensberg mountain range. Located 8 kms from the town of Estcourt and situated on 12 acres of

From R 280,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Blesberg Farm Stay

Self Catering House / Cottage in Lidgetton

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.

Sleeps: 15 in 5 units/rooms
From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

40 Fraser Street Bed & Breakfast

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Howick

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 ...

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

Mundees Of Hilton

Self Catering House / Cottage in Pietermaritzburg Area

Accommodation comprises stylish two and three bedroom self catering unites. There is a swimming pool. On site parking with remote access.

From R 2 500,00
Per unit, per night.

Westwood Trout Lodge

Self Catering House / Cottage in Karkloof

The comfortable 1840 Settler's homestead has been lovingly restored and offers self-catering facilities. Westwood is within a conservation area and guarantees secluded trout fishing with breathtaking views in the lush Natal Midlands.

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 13 units/rooms
From R 650,00
Per unit, per night.


Self Catering House / Cottage in Nottingham Road

Waterwoods is set on a lush and beautiful farm on 75ha in the historic Fort Nottingham area of the Natal Midlands. The breathtaking beauty of the country side amidst farmlands is a favourite tourist destination.

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

Spring water Farm

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Mooi River

Escape city life to this peaceful sanctuary with beautiful gardens, situated 8 kms from the Mooi River Village, within the scenic mountains.

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.

Sleeps: 216 in 18 units/rooms
From R 495,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Lady Leuchars Guest House and Restaurant

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Greytown

The guest house, the former residence4 of Sir George & Lady Marion Leuchars, is one of the oldest homes in the town - now beautifully restored & tastefully decorated.

Sleeps: 24 in 2 units/rooms
From R 475,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Egerton Manor

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Ladysmith

Comfortable, well appointed accommodation offering you a restful night. A real home from home allows for a friendship to develop in a few hours. All rooms are air-conditioned and has its own DSTV decoder.

Sleeps: 33 in 14 units/rooms
From R 455,00
Per person, per night sharing.

The Sleeping Bao B&B

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast in Pietermaritzburg Area

Available are 7 individually and elegantly, fully furnished rooms overlooking well established gardens. Rooms have air conditioning / fans, all rooms are fully heated in winter. Each of the rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and TV's.

Sleeps: 28 in 12 units/rooms
From R 500,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Midlands Forest Lodge

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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

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 ...