There will be lots to meander when visiting South Africa’s (SA’s) most beloved tourism route. An inland area that lies outside of Pietermaritzburg but before the Drakensberg mountain range with rolling hills, streams, lakes, some indigenous forest, farmlands and pine plantations of the timber industry.
If the Free State province has the small town of Clarens then the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal has the Midlands Meander.
A scenic route consisting of the Midlands Meander Art and Craft Route, which is one of the biggest tourism routes in SA that began in 1985 when several potters and weavers came together to create an arts and crafts route through the region. Today art lovers enjoy watching locals creating uniquely African pieces, which many tourists purchase to take back home.
There’s also the Midlands Meander Battlefield, which boasts the largest concentration of battlefields in SA and the Midlands Meander Cycle Route, which allows you to explore the area on bicycle.
The Midlands route is an hour’s drive from Durban and about 4.5 hours from Johannesburg. While on your way to the coastal province of KZN these holidays, take a break from your long drive, and discover the magical Midlands that offer amazing restaurants, a scenic view to take in and cute and quaint art and craft shops to get lost in.
It’s a great getaway in the beautiful countryside, as there’s also plenty Bed and Breakfast and guesthouses and luxury accommodation of Spas and hotels where you can spend the night and stay a while. As the Midlands Meander is not only a great scenic driving route but you can also enjoy your spoil of plenty activities to do. Go on a bicycle trail or take a lovely walk, play golf, go swimming or horse riding and the area with its many dams also provides for trout fishing.
As well as sites to see of the many historical buildings dating back to the 1800s that a number of have been declared national monuments. Visit The Natal Railway Museum, The Goodman Household monument or the Nelson Mandela Capture Site where the former President was arrested prior to his 27 year imprisonment.
Although some places are a bit far apart. It’s advisable that at the first place you can to get the free map and information guide and plan your day.