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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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Duvet & Crumpets Self Catering
Guest Rating: 7
Sleeps 65 in 14 units
From R 225
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Duvet & Crumpets Self Catering

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg

Midlands & Battlefields

Duvet & Crumpets offers various self-catering accommodation options. There are double/twin en-suite units as well as garden cottages. The garden cottages are ideal for "relocation" purposes and long-term stays are available. For larger groups, ...

Hawklee Country House
Guest Rating: 9.6
Sleeps 16 in 6 units
From R 725
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Hawklee Country House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Nottingham Road

Midlands & Battlefields

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...

Bellwood
Guest Rating: 8
Sleeps 100 in 7 units
From R 750
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Bellwood

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Nottingham Road

Midlands & Battlefields

A mere four hours from Johannesburg and two hours from Durban, deep in the heart of the breathtaking Natal Midlands, rests Bellwood.We offer seven comfortable, fully equipped self-catering cottages.

Lions River Country Cottages
Sleeps 17 in 3 units
From R 550
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 3 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Lions River Country Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dargle

Midlands & Battlefields

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.

Cedarwood
Guest Rating: 9.8
Graded:
Sleeps 20 in 1 unit
From R 360
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Cedarwood

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Howick

Midlands & Battlefields

Our furnished, self catering house has four beautifully decorated en-suite bedrooms, two of which are family rooms and a loft room - comfortably sleeping 10 adults and 6 children

Sunbird Guest House
Sleeps 17 in 4 units
From R 550
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 6 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Sunbird Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Howick

Midlands & Battlefields

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 ...

Thatcher's Rest Self Catering Cottage
Guest Rating: 9
Sleeps 6 in 1 unit
From R 625
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Thatcher's Rest Self Catering Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dundee

Midlands & Battlefields

Thatcher's Rest Self Catering Cottage, 'Peace, Tranquillity and Good Fishing' is situated on a farm which lies within the Biggarsberg area of Northern KZN.

The Riverhouse
From R 330
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

The Riverhouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Estcourt

Midlands & Battlefields

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.

Egerton Manor
Guest Rating: 8.6
Sleeps 12 in 1 unit
From R 600
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Egerton Manor

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Ladysmith

Midlands & Battlefields

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.

Clivia Place
From R 390
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Clivia Place

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Dundee

Midlands & Battlefields

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...

Gateside Guesthouse
Guest Rating: 10
Sleeps 30 in 9 units
From R 400
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Gateside Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hilton

Midlands & Battlefields

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 ...

Arusha Lodge
Guest Rating: 5
Sleeps 38 in 15 units
From R 350
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Arusha Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Dundee

Midlands & Battlefields

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 ...

Haggards on Hilldrop
Graded:
Sleeps 79 in 36 units
From R 1150
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Haggards on Hilldrop

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Newcastle

Midlands & Battlefields

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...

Hilton View Bed & Breakfast
Sleeps 15 in 4 units
From R 395
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Hilton View Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hilton

Midlands & Battlefields

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...

Hunters Lodge
Guest Rating: 8
Graded:
Sleeps 32 in 16 units
From R 600
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Hunters Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Ladysmith

Midlands & Battlefields

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.

Leopards and Louries Bush Lodge
Guest Rating: 9.4
From R 575
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Leopards and Louries Bush Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Camperdown

Midlands & Battlefields

The amazing view over natural bush and the peace and tranquillity at Leopards & Louries Bush Lodge make it difficult to believe that the business centres of Durban, Pinetown and Pietermaritzburg are so close.

King's Hill Bed and Breakfast
Sleeps 7 in 2 units
From R 325
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 1 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

King's Hill Bed and Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hilton

Midlands & Battlefields

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...

KwaNyoni Cottages
Guest Rating: 8
Sleeps 12 in 3 units
From R 350
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

KwaNyoni Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hilton

Midlands & Battlefields

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

Nxala Ranch
Graded:
Sleeps 8 in 1 unit
From R 450
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Nxala Ranch

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Dundee

Midlands & Battlefields

It offers three stylish en-suite bedrooms, a lounge equipped with satellite TV and music system, a modern, fully equipped kitchen and a spacious "stoep" (veranda) with braai facilities overlooking the dam which is well stocked with bass...

Rearsby Farm
Sleeps 14 in 4 units
From R 649
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Rearsby Farm

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mooi River

Midlands & Battlefields

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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