Midlands & Battlefields

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: 17 in 3 units/rooms
From R 550,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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Lions River Country Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dargle

If your heart yearns for a tranquil blend of seclusion and luxury then Lions River Country Cottages, award winning accommodation, is your perfect escape into the solitude of the countryside.

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Sleeps: 19 in 7 units/rooms
From R 600,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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Caladdi B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Lidgetton

We are a nine-room accommodation establishment situated on 7,5 hectares of lush Midlands land at Lidgetton, in the heart of the Midlands Meander.

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

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Camperdown

Thorner House is a situated on our sugarcane farm, halfway between Hillcrest and Pietermaritzburg. Beautifully decorated, Thorner House offers a wonderful retreat from the busy city life.

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Sleeps: 68 in 28 units/rooms
From R 1 550,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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Fordoun Hotel and Spa

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Nottingham Road

The hotel comprises seventeen luxurious, individually appointed double suites with private verandas, underfloor heating and dream bathrooms, each with bath and shower, and a dressing area.

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Sleeps: 7 in 2 units/rooms
From R 1 095,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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Loxley House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Nottingham Road

Loxley House Offers an exceptional standard of accommodation - all 15 suites are garden-facing, en suite with either with bath/shower or bath and separate shower, with a choice of either twin or king beds

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Sleeps: 12
From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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Waterhoek Valley Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Mooi River

The cottage is fully equipped with fridge, stove, microwave and utensils. Duvets and one extra blanket are provided, please bring towels. The chalet has its own braai area and fire wood is supplied. 450ha of peaceful surroundings with 5km of ...

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

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 395,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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Monte Vista Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Estcourt

Monte Vista Guest House is a 4 Star graded and AA Superior registered establishment set in the tranquil residential area of Estcourt. Monte Vista Guest House is ideally suited for business travellers but also for tourists.

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Sleeps: 38 in 13 units/rooms
From R 750,00
Per unit, per night.
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Waterwoods

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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.

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Sleeps: 8 in 4 units/rooms
From R 625,00
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Otters Den Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Nottingham Road

The cottages run along side the Lions River with beautiful views and gentle riverside walks. The midlands Meander arts and crafts route offers various local products and produce

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Sleeps: 10
From R 500,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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Burnside Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Balgowan

Burnside Lodge is in a prime location on the Midlands meander, close to many good restaurants, Nottingham Road, Michaelhouse school and Bosch Hoek golf course. It is newly decorated, with great attention to detail. The main house has 3 queen sized ...

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Sleeps: 4
From R 695,00
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Kitchener Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg

Self catering cottage with own kitchen and lounge. Ideal for a family as all guests share the same bathroom which is en-suite. Bedroom with one queen size bed, ceiling fan and air conditioner. Lounge with two single beds and ceiling fan. Full DSTV and

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Sleeps: 18 in 3 units/rooms
From R 475,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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Crab Apple Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dargle

Architecturally designed and delightfully comfortable, our three AA Superior Crab Apple Cottages are set on the edge of Kilgobbin Forest and the Dargle Valley Conservancy. Each thatched, self-catering cottage has an unique character...

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Sleeps: 12
From R 600,00
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Egerton Manor

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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.

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Sleeps: 14
From R 450,00
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Mountain View Ranch

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Nottingham Road

This beautiful ranch is set on 24ha of property, with the picturesque Little Mooi River meandering through the fields. With horses, blesbok and Nguni cows grazing in the paddocks, it is a nature lovers dream.

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From R 350,00
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Africa's Eden B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg

Africa's Eden is a 2 acre estate situated along a green belt and wedged between 2 streams and a mere 2.5 km from the city.

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From R 330,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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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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Sleeps: 6
From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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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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Sleeps: 60 in 28 units/rooms
From R 600,00
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Grey Goose Game Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Newcastle

The Grey Goose Game Lodge is situated at the foot of the Drakensburg Mountains on the outskirts of Newcastle. Whether for business or pleasure we are a fantastic getaway, offering a great service in beautiful surroundings.

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Sleeps: 5 in 2 units/rooms
From R 450,00
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Sakabula Country Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Camperdown

Ideally situated in the beautiful Camperdown District, only 45 minutes from Durban and 15 minutes from Pietermaritzburg, Sakabula Country Lodge offers an idyllic location teeming with indigenous fauna and flora. The lodge is the perfect destination for a

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