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. 

We offer tailor-made holidays including ground transport for transfers, tours and multi centre trips.
Fordoun Hotel and Spa

Fordoun Hotel & Spa

Country Retreat
4 nights from £ 313 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Breakfast as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).
Includes offer: Stay 4 nights Pay for 3 in Luxury Room, 29 Sep 17 - 9 Oct 17 (Special offers are subject to exact travel dates).

A luxury 5 Star hotel and Spa in the scenic KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, at the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg. The perfect place for those in search of excellent cuisine in a tranqui setting. 

Granny Mouse Country House

Granny Mouse Country House & Spa

Country Retreat
4 nights from £ 242 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Breakfast as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

A quaint country house and spa with an exceptional restaurant in the Natal Midlands, set amongst rolling lawns and gardens.

Hartford House

Hartford House

Boutique Hotel
4 nights from £ 345 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Breakfast as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

This unique country-house hotel offers a range of luxury accommodation with gorgeous views of the stud farm.   

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.

Testimonials

Jock Safari Lodge

Definitely going back for more!

"We were referred to Ash by a mutual friend and were specifically looking for a unique experience for our family which involved a game park.  After a brief discussion around what we would like to see and do, Ash then came back with a package that met us at Jo'burg airport, flew us into the Kruger where our three ...

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