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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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Sleeps: 10 in 4 units/rooms
From R 725,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Waterford Manor

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Rosetta

Waterford Manor is a 10-hectare property with 700m of Mooi River frontage, which offers our guests many idyllic spots for fly fishing and picnicing. We are 7kms from Nottingham Road and 12kms from Mooi River

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Sleeps: 6 in 2 units/rooms

Overnight Accommodation

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Howick

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.

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Sleeps: 14 in 5 units/rooms
From R 625,00
Per person, per night sharing.

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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From R 750,00
Per unit, per night.

Bellwood

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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.

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From R 510,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Leopards and Louries Bush Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Camperdown

The amazing view over natural bush and the peace and tranquillity at Leopards & Louries Bush Lodge make it difficult to believe that the business centres of Durban, Pinetown and Pietermaritzburg are so close.

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Sleeps: 10 in 3 units/rooms
From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Babbling Brook B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

Situated 5 minutes from the centre of the City of Pietermaritzburg and 2 minutes from the National Botanic Gardens, Babbling Brook offers 3 tastefully decorated rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

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Sleeps: 82 in 31 units/rooms
From R 330,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Green Lantern Inn

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Van Reenen

Located in the tiny Van Reenen village (population 23), situated on the N3 highway at the top of Van Reenen pass, The Green Lantern Inn is famous among travelers and sportsmen as a halfway refreshing point and offers unrivaled old school hospitality

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From R 235,00
Per person, per night sharing.

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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From R 390,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Windsor Guesthouse

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Eston

Three double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom, 2 bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen and verandah. Bedroom 1 is double en-suite, bedroom 2 is double, bedroom 3 is double, bedroom 4 is single. The WC has one bath and one shower each.

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From R 120,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Mountain View Entertainment Centre

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

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

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Sleeps: 15 in 4 units/rooms
From R 395,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Hilton View Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hilton, Pietermaritzburg

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...

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Sleeps: 18 in 4 units/rooms
From R 800,00
Per unit, per night.

Solitude Retreat Centre

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dargle

Solitude Retreat Centre is a space set apart from the busy-ness of life for connecting with ourselves, each other and God. It is situated in a tranquil part of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, near Midmar Dam...

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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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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 600,00
Per person, per night sharing.

St Andrew's Retreat

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Mooi River

Discover a sense of wholeness, of peace, of healing, of happiness. St Andrew's Retreat near Mooi River in KwaZulu-Natal is ideal to use as a quiet and central base from where you can explore the Midlands.

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From R 330,00
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The Riverhouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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.

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From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Devonshire Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Howick

Devonshire Lodge consists of two units. Namely Devonshire Lodge and Devonshire Cottage. Both units are independent of each other, and each has a fenced garden totally out of view of each other. Each garden has outside seating with a Weber Braai.

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Sleeps: 8 in 4 units/rooms
From R 400,00
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Amberleigh Guest Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Lions River

Amberleigh Guest Farm is a working farm situated in the Kwa Zulu Natal midlands 12km outside Howick, easily accessible from the N3 highway.

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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: 42 in 17 units/rooms
From R 475,00
Per person, per night sharing.

The Farmhouse Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Newcastle

The Farmhouse Lodge is situated 3 minutes from the centre of the town of Newcastle in magnificent park like surroundings. We are an ideal stopover between Kruger park and the KwaZulu-Natal Coast. German spoken. Rooms air conditioned, Internet, DSTV

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