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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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Twin Pools Lodge Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Balgowan

There are times in a man's life, to fill the car with petrol, grab the missus and kids, pack the fishing rods & mountain bikes, and head for Twin Pools in the heart of the Natal Midlands. At Twin Pools we offer frazzled city dwellers a quiet ...

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From R 450,00
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Leighton Court

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Newcastle

Located in the centre of Newcastle, Leighton Court offers a choice of 8 en-suite rooms and 2 King size studios ideal for the business visitor. We offer the perfect combination of affordability, comfort and service with air conditioned rooms and a flat-sc

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Sleeps: 16 in 4 units/rooms
From R 400,00
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The Jays Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

Comfortable rooms with en-suite bathrooms, private entrances and secure off-road parking in a beautiful garden. Ideal for business people and a home away from home for all travellers. Close to the city centre, restaurants, shops, hospitals and...

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Sleeps: 6 in 3 units/rooms
From R 400,00
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Leafy Lane

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Howick

Leafy Lane is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac approximately 3 Kms from the N3 Highway. It consists of two bed sitting rooms and are fully equipped with double door fridge freezers, microwave, mini stove, toaster and kettle.

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From R 360,00
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Platrand Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Ladysmith

Our 4 Star Platrand Lodge is in a malaria free area and 2 hours from Durban and 3 hours from Johannesburg. Established on the farm Fourie's Kraal on the Southern boundaries of Ladysmith, Kwazulu-Natal.

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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: 36 in 14 units/rooms
From R 1 100,00
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Ingudlane Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Dundee

Ingudlane Lodge boasts modern, exquisitely decorated, yet very private self-catering chalets. The chalets are self-catering units with a lounge and kitchen area, two bedrooms

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Sleeps: 10 in 4 units/rooms
From R 725,00
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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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From R 480,00
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Mission House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Curry's Post

Mission House is a beautiful home situated on a ridge with breathtaking 360* views of the Drakensberg Mountains and the rolling hills of the Midlands.

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Sleeps: 140 in 36 units/rooms
From R 534,75
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Elandsheim Retreat

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Dundee

Elandsheim is situated in the heart of the famous Zulu, Anglo and Boer battle sites, 55 km from Dundee, halfway between Johannesburg and Durban. We are surrounded by privately owned game reserves, rivers, waterfalls and magnificent Zululand thornveld

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Sleeps: 106 in 27 units/rooms
From R 800,00
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Lythwood Lodge

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Lidgetton

Nestled in the scenic foothills of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Mountain range, you’ll find Lythwood, a 4-Star country hotel right on the Midlands Meander. If you are looking for a relaxing all inclusive weekend away or a short midweek break, away from the

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Sleeps: 6 in 3 units/rooms
From R 500,00
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Inverknoll B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hilton, Pietermaritzburg

The B&B is separate from the main homestead and comprises a comfortable spacious living area, with an open log fireplace, leading out onto a private deck, with breathtaking views over Pietermaritzburg and beyond

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From R 1 710,00
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Midlands Saddle and Trout

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Mooi River

Situated near Mooi River, just 60km from Pietermaritzburg, Midlands Saddle and Trout offers 59 fully equipped luxury chalets in several configurations. Offering comfort, great cuisine and a wellness centre, it is the perfect setting for a wedding and func

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From R 995,00
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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: 38 in 13 units/rooms
From R 650,00
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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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From R 350,00
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Spring Water Farm

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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.

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Sleeps: 37 in 9 units/rooms
From R 400,00
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Lincoln Cottages Self Catering

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

Lincoln Cottages is nestled amongst indigenous Acacia trees in the tranquil suburb of Lincoln Meade, Pietermaritzburg. We offer an ideal base from which both the business man and holiday maker can operate from

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Sleeps: 30 in 2 units/rooms
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Cheetah Ridge Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Ladysmith

Situated in the southern section of the Nambiti Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, Cheetah Ridge Luxury Safari Lodge is an unrivalled bush retreat, offering fully-catered, accommodation in 10 luxury suites...

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Sleeps: 38 in 15 units/rooms
From R 350,00
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Arusha Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Dundee

Arusha Lodge offers 14 en-suite rooms (single, double and twin rooms available). Each room is fully air conditioned (heating and cooling), fitted with a personal safe for your security and convenience. The rooms have own coffee & tea making ...

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From R 625,00
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Hawklee Country House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Nottingham Road

Hawklee Country House is set on 5 hectares of unspoiled Midlands beauty, on the banks of the Lions River. We offer dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation in our 6 spacious free standing luxury thatched cottages.

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