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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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King's Hill Bed and Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hilton

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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From R 670,00
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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: 22 in 6 units/rooms
From R 1 000,00
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Beverley Country Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dargle

Our goal at Beverley Country Cottages is to make our guests feel welcome, comfortable and at home with our own personal touches. We pride ourselves in our service excellence and providing clean, fresh cottages that are looked after by our honest, willing

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Sleeps: 24 in 4 units/rooms
From R 200,00
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Schuilklip Game Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Newcastle

Accommodation consists of 4 comfortable chalets each with its own lapa, built in braai and boma fire place for you to enjoy each other's company. Each chalet has 3 bedrooms and can accommodate 6 people.

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Sleeps: 20
From R 360,00
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Cedarwood

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Howick

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

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Sleeps: 65 in 14 units/rooms
From R 225,00
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Duvet & Crumpets Self Catering

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg

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, ...

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Sleeps: 38 in 13 units/rooms
From R 750,00
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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 1 000,00
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Redlands Hotel and Lodge

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg

All rooms have access to 11 TV channels. Internet access is provided at no additional cost. All units have baths and showers. Apart from two Parkview Lodges, all rooms have airconditioners

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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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From R 1 700,00
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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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Sleeps: 15 in 4 units/rooms
From R 395,00
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Hilton View Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hilton

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...

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From R 420,00
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Matt's Rest B&B and Self Catering

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg

We are ideally centrally situated, with close access to the N3 Mkondeni Industrial area, with all its industrial parks.

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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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From R 1 050,00
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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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Sleeps: 12
From R 3 450,00
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223 Gowrie Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Nottingham Road

All 5 bedrooms are ensuite including 6 showers (one outside) and two baths. There is a main and second lounge area with full DTSV bouquet.

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Sleeps: 120 in 20 units/rooms

Majuba Lodge

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Newcastle

All 40 chalets have their own under cover parking, there is a front door entrance and glass door entrance to pool or Gardens. The double room suites consist of 2 rooms, main with 2 double beds, TV and DStv, aircon, en-suite bathroom with bath & shower...

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Sleeps: 39 in 18 units/rooms
From R 690,00
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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 24 units/rooms
From R 710,00
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Nottingham Road Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Nottingham Road

The Legendary Nottingham Road Hotel, or "Notties" as it is affectionately known, is a 3 star graded hotel. As of 18 Mar. 16, we have opened our recently completed "Garden Suites". This long awaited addition to the hotel sees 10 new suites now available...

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Sleeps: 5
From R 550,00
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Devonshire Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Nottingham Road

Devonshire Cottage is a classy charming country cottage, nestled in a private garden in the quaint village of Nottingham Road. Comfortably upmarket, this self-catering cottage is popular with couples and families looking for a perfect getaway spot.

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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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