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: 15
From R 4 000,00
Per unit, per night.
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Ferndene Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dargle

Welcome to Ferndene Farm, a little bit of peace and quiet in the Dargle Conservancy Area. We have lots of beautiful space and a very comfortable self-catering home, perfect for large groups of people and families. Or just anybody who wants to stretch out.

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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: 10 in 2 units/rooms
From R 250,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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Fish Eagles Lair

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Albert Falls Dam

Comfortable accommodation for up to 6 people in a self catering cottage. There is a Gas stove and freezer, hot and cold running water and lights, with braai facilities in your own secluded spot on the banks of one of the best bass dams in South Africa.

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Sleeps: 88 in 13 units/rooms
From R 495,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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Orchards Bed and Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Camperdown

Orchards BnB is situated 8 KMS from KZN lion park and 10 KMS from Tala private game reserve. All 5 rooms have there own tv's and ensuite. Braai facilities are also available.

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Sleeps: 31 in 8 units/rooms
From R 450,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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Lincoln Cottages Self Catering

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg

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 9 units/rooms
From R 800,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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Gateside Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hilton

Gateside is found in the heart of tranquil Hilton village, 10km from Pietermaritzburg, at the entrance to the scenic Midlands Meander and close to St Anne's and Hilton College. Set in a quiet lane amongst green pastures with magnificent views of ...

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Sleeps: 20 in 3 units/rooms
From R 900,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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Inversanda Farm Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dargle

Inversanda is a country lover’s haven situated in the beautiful Dargle Valley in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal.

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From R 360,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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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: 79 in 36 units/rooms
From R 1 150,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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Haggards on Hilldrop

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Newcastle

The original homestead now houses the breakfast room, dining room, offices and 3 stylishly furnished rooms decorated to suit the original history and ideal for the overseas visitor to relate themselves with Newcastle history. We also offer another...

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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: 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: 8 in 4 units/rooms
From R 625,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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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: 8
From R 2 420,00
Per unit, per night.
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Waterfall Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dargle

Waterfall Cottage has 3 bedrooms sleeping 8 people. We have full DSTV premium and WiFi at our cottage, 2 lounges with 2 TV's.

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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: 42 in 20 units/rooms
From R 410,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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Arbor Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Newcastle

Whether its just for a quick night stop over, or an extended stay Arbor Guest House offers Luxury Accommodation in Newcastle. 10 rooms - all with en-suite bathrooms. All rooms have own entrance leading directly into garden area. Lapa with bar area...

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Sleeps: 14
From R 450,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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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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Sleeps: 15
From R 490,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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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: 39 in 18 units/rooms
From R 690,00
Per unit, per night.
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The Sleeping Bao B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg

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.

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Sleeps: 48 in 16 units/rooms
From R 1 050,00
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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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Sleeps: 17 in 2 units/rooms
From R 235,00
Per person, per night sharing.
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Station House Waterside Getaway

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Rosetta

Station House Waterside Getaway 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. Station House is unique in its location within the picturesque, lush dairy

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