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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: 15 in 4 units/rooms
From R 395,00
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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: 8 in 3 units/rooms
From R 555,00
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Bancroft B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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

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Sleeps: 18 in 3 units/rooms
From R 395,00
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A Nutty Lane

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Howick

A NUTTY LANE is three, modern self-catering cottages, set on the banks of a picturesque dam surrounded by birds, horses and two potbelly pigs.

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Sleeps: 28 in 5 units/rooms
From R 330,00
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Wyford Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Van Reenen

Wyford Farm is situated in a pretty mountainous area off Van Reenen Pass (N3) and has a rich recorded history being built in the 1870's as a Trading Store on the route between Johannesburg and Durban

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From R 625,00
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Hawklee Country House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Nottingham Road

Set in the Natal country Midlands Hawklee offers the travel weary a safe haven of rest, peace & tranquility, while they indulge in the splendor of the Midlands in KZN. Thatched bed & breakfast accommodation in six spacious free standing cottages...

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Sleeps: 14 in 4 units/rooms
From R 649,00
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Rearsby Farm

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mooi River

We use only the purest percale linen, and duckdown in our 3 separate cottages, to ensure the very best nights sleep.

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From R 650,00
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Hilton Bella Vista Cachai

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

This peaceful accommodation is tucked away in lush vegetation, allowing for breathtaking views from the garden, hence the name "Bella Vista".

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From R 1 410,00
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Blackrock Casino

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Newcastle

Blackrock Casino is nestled in the heart of the Battlefields en route from Durban to Johannesburg. Our contemporary style complex can be easily found just off the N11 outside of Newcastle.

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Sleeps: 6 in 3 units/rooms
From R 350,00
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Manwood Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Rosetta

3 bedrooms (one king, one double and one twin), accommodating 6 people. Electric blankets, heaters and all linen provided. Lounge/dining room with fireplace (wood and anthracite provided). TV (SABC 1, 2, 3 & e-TV), full DSTV , DVD player.

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Sleeps: 12 in 3 units/rooms
From R 320,00
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KwaNyoni Cottages

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

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

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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: 12 in 4 units/rooms
From R 650,00
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Forty Winks

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Rosetta

Visit the Forty Winks self catering cottages in the beautiful Kamberg Valley, heart of Natal's fly fishing destinations, on the new Springrove Dam in the Kwazulu Natal Midlands.

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Sleeps: 16 in 5 units/rooms
From R 650,00
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Kusane Farm Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Howick

Kusane Farm Cottage is perched high above the stunning Karkloof valley, midway between Howick and Curry's Post on the Midlands Meander, with its fine restaurants and shopping.

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From R 1 050,00
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Avalon Guest Manor

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Newcastle

Avalon offers the relaxed ambiance of a Colonial Manor filled with all the luxuries of the modern lifestyle.

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From R 120,00
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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: 48 in 16 units/rooms
From R 950,00
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Tramonto Boutique Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Newcastle

This luxury boutique hotel boasts 31 spacious rooms, (8 Self Catering & 14 Standard rooms, 1 disabled friendly room, 7 Superior rooms and 1 Executive Suite). The rooms are furnished with solid wooden furniture and superior quality fabric.

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From R 550,00
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Devonshire Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Nottingham Road

Devonshire Cottage is a classy charming country cottage, nestled in a private garden in the quaint village of Nottingham Road. Comfortably upmarket, this self-catering cottage is popular with couples and families looking for a perfect getaway spot.

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From R 410,00
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Guest House Kestrels

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Newcastle

The guesthouse offers its visitors breakfast, with a unique dining area and open bar. Drinks with friends can be enjoyed on the veranda. The spacious living room offers warmth on cold nights and a spiral staircase leads up to a balcony

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From R 390,00
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Clivia Place

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Dundee

This establishment accommodates 6 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...

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Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms
From R 300,00
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Old Kilgobbin Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dargle

The main cottage, Gobbins' Cottage, is a spacious double storey one bedroom home with a large open plan kitchen leading onto a cosy lounge with underfloor heating for those cold Dargle winters. The kitchen is well equipped with large fridge, oven...

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