The Midlands

The Kwa-Zulu Natal Midland’s pastoral scenes of rolling hills, farms and country estates are interspersed with quaint villages and the occasional large town steeped in history. An artists’ paradise, the area is rich in local crafts, art galleries, restaurants and pubs, and these form the Midlands Meander Route, an arrangement of fascinating places and activities. Browse through shops brimming with ceramics, wind chimes, leather goods and even hammocks, and witness locals creating their masterpieces. Sample locally crafted beer, wine and home -made cheeses and bring your senses to life with gourmet meals lovingly prepared using the freshest ingredients. The route’s clean air, wholesomeness and creativity comes across in the laid-back friendliness and warmth of the region and its gentile vibe. 

The capital of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg is an interesting city with great historic significance. During the Second World War Italian prisoners built a church which stands as a heritage site today and it was in this city that Ghandi made his momentous decision to remain in SA and fight racial discrimination. Just outside Howick, Nelson Mandela’s capture site is immortalised in a uniquely designed steel structure. Free-standing poles depict the former president’s face in a mind-boggling display. 

Lushly green and rich in vegetation, the Midland’s Karkloof Nature Reserve offers canopy tours to get the blood pumping. Active travellers can enjoy quad biking, horse riding and tubing and perhaps try your hand at fly-fishing in one of the Midlands top trout or bass dams. 

The Best of South Africa Travel map displays the locations of the destinations and accommodation that we have selected and visited; for each item, hovering over or clicking the marker will display a short summary and photo of that place or hotel, and hotel pricing. Follow the links in the info box to the full page listing which has much more information.

Note that the online map offers both a satellite view (click satellite in the top right) and, for some locations, a street level view (Drag the person in the top left onto the map). These let you explore the country; and when you wish to explore in person, or if you have any questions about the places you see, give our staff a call, or request a quote. Our staff regularly visit the places and accommodation that we feature.

When you book a holiday with us we will provide full driving instructions for reaching your accommodation, where necessary; these can be used by yourself, or you could enjoy the luxury of a driver. Alternatively we will arrange private (car rather than coach) transfers for you; helicopter transfers are also possible for some destinations.


The Last Word Franschhoek

Truly was the holiday of a lifetime

I just wanted to drop you an e mail to say a very big thank you for organising such a wonderful trip for Matthew and I. It truly was the holiday of a lifetime, and I do not say that in a causal way.

What a stunning country you have. Everything surpassed my expectations. I could have happily stayed in Franshhoek my …


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