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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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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 1 430,00
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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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Sleeps: 29 in 9 units/rooms
From R 350,00
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Gateside Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hilton, Pietermaritzburg

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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From R 1 500,00
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Milky Lane Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Mooi River

Come and share the tranquillity of our working dairy farm in Mooi River, KwaZulu Natal Midlands. Milky Lane Cottage is situated on Niekerksfontein Farm. Niekerksfontein Farm is a 1000 hectare dairy farm milking 800 cows supplying Honeydew Dairies

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From R 775,00
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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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Sleeps: 216 in 18 units/rooms
From R 495,00
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Lady Leuchars Guest House and Restaurant

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Greytown

The guest house, the former residence4 of Sir George & Lady Marion Leuchars, is one of the oldest homes in the town - now beautifully restored & tastefully decorated.

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From R 275,00
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Little Europe

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

Little Europe Bed & Breakfast accommodation is situated 2km from Hayfields shopping centre, Scottsville Race Course, Nedbank Centre and Natal University.

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Sleeps: 32 in 16 units/rooms
From R 550,00
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Hunters Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Ladysmith

Hunters Lodge is centrally situated in the busy town of Ladysmith. We pride ourselves on providing a restful oasis for the weary traveler and offer a home from home atmosphere - arrive as strangers and leave as friends.

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Sleeps: 10 in 3 units/rooms
From R 300,00
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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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From R 450,00
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Sugarlands Cottage

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

Sugarlands Cottage is a cozy self catering cottage situated along the Currys Post Road in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, with easy access off the N3 (1.5 hours from Durban and 4.5 hours from Johannesburg).

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From R 550,00
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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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Sleeps: 7 in 2 units/rooms
From R 375,00
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King's Hill Bed and Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hilton, Pietermaritzburg

King's Hill B & B is situated in the picturesque village of Hilton, the gateway to the Natal Midlands & has beautiful views of the Cedara Valley. We can accommodate a maximum of 6 people sharing in 2 tastefully decorated, non-smoking rooms...

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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 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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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: 2
From R 500,00
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Rhubeg Farm Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dargle

This is a single cottage with one bedroom containing a king size bed and offering very special views from the dormer window. It has a small but fully equipped kitchen and I provide tea, coffee, sugar and milk.

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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: 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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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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Camelot Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Newcastle

Camelot is situated next to a farm and has a beautiful view of the Drakensberg. The rooms are stylishly decorated with dark wood Bali furniture, white 100% cotton linen, the most beautiful hand-woven throws.

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