It’s hard not to be bewitched by the lush generosity of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. Snuggled between the mighty Drakensberg and the picturesque South Coast, the Midlands is abundant in water – streams cascade into ponds, and rivers wind through verdant valleys into tranquil dams and lakes. Here you’ll be held hostage by history as you trail through the battlefields or Zulu cultural villages.

Midlands Highlights

  • Midlands Meander – Arguably the best known attraction of the Midlands the Midlands Meander is a magical 80km drive along a fascinating arts and craft route, boasting over 150 restaurants, shops, galleries and hotels.
  • Curry’s Post – Centrally located and offering the ideal place from which to explore the Midland’s Meander, Curry’s Post was once a staging post between Durban, the Kimberley diamond fields and the Johannesburg gold fields. Historical figures such as Barney Barnato, Cecil John Rhodes, Rudyard Kipling and Winston Churchill past through Curry’s Post. Today you can fish, play golf, enjoy watersports on the Midmar Dam, go quad biking and hiking and take a canopy tour in the vicinity.
  • Hilton – Just north of Pietermaritzburg, Hilton is the southern gateway to the Midlands Meander.
  • Howick – A key tourism hotspot along the Midlands Meander is the Howick Falls which have a spectacular 90m fall with an inspirational view. While in Howick stop by at some of the antique stores and arts and crafts markets in the town
  • Mooi River – “Pretty River” in Afrikaans, Mooi River was so named b the early settlers to the region. While a number of minor engagements took place at Mooi River during the second Boer War, today it is a holiday-makers paradise offering boating, fly fishing, camping and picnicking all along the river. There are a number of stud farms in the Mooi River region offering tours for those interested in horses.
  • Nottingham Road – Right in the very heart of the Natal Midlands, Nottingham Road is a popular travel destination offering naturally beautiful surroundings and plenty to see and do, from adventure sports to historical sites, wildlife, arts and crafts and a jam-packed events calendar that draws crowds at various times throughout the year.
  • Pietermaritzburg – oodles of history, art and culture, plenty to see and experience, from hiking trails to historical architecture to hiking trails aplenty through the many gardens and reserves – Pietermaritzburg is the second largest city in KwaZulu Natal (after Durban).