The Midlands Meander has grown into a thriving route which offers more than exceptional art and craft. Nowadays visitors are invited to horseride, fish, fly, hike, bike, and observe simple country activities, which illustrate the farming foundation of the region.
Midlands Meander Highlights
The Midlands Meander route is situated between the city of Pietermaritzburg in the East and the spectacular uKhahlamba Drakensberg mountain range (a World Heritage Site) in the West. The Midlands Meander is several tourism routes that include accommodation, art and crafts, leisure, activities and restaurant stops.The route will take you back to an era where life is lived at a slower pace and visitors can enjoy warm South African hospitality; visitors can explore the forests, farmlands and small villages and enjoy original art from world-class crafters.
- A collection of arranged routes that offer visitors hospitality in truly beautiful surroundings.
- Visitors can enjoy local events, fabulous restaurants, revitalising outdoor activities and adventure sports, historic landmarks, wildlife conservation, and arts and crafts.
- Easy access to the KwaZulu-Natal battlefields, the Drakensberg, the coast and the game reserves up the Dolphin Coast.
Karkloof Spa is known for being the most eco-friendly spa in Africa and its position beautifully embraces the surroundings. Ideal for the whole family, being situated on a magnificent game reserve, where children can be entertained while adults can enjoy the relaxation they deserve.
Granny Mouse Country House has a reputation for a relaxed gourmet experience, whilst introducing new menus and concepts to diners. It is the proud holder of a Diners Club Winelist "Diamond Award" for our 2011 and 2010 winelist. Award winning restaurants offer a range of menu items from relaxed Bistro though to Fine Dining in the Eaves restaurant.
How to Get there
Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights from most major airports to either Durban or Pietermaritzburg airports for guests who wish to explore the area. The Midlands Meander offers easy access from either Johannesburg or Durban for guests who wish to self-drive on good roads; Sun Safaris can arrange a rental car or book a road transfer for guests who require those services. The drive time from Johannesburg will take between 4 and a half to 5 and a half hours; from Durban 4-5 hours.
Midlands Meander Activities
The Midlands Meander offers a variety of outdoor activities and excursions for visitors to enjoy. Guests can enjoy nature walks, mountain bike rides, hiking trails as well as luxurious spa treatments at certain resorts. Other activities in the area include fly-fishing, shopping at the many quaint shops, golf, hot air balloon rides and much more. Tempt a trout in the Kamberg, paddle on Midmar Dam, watch Cape Parrot at Marutswa Forest, visit the Karkloof Falls and spot antelope in the Oribi Reserve. From the famous San Rock Art of the Kamberg to out-rides on Appaloosa Horses we offer you the wildest choice of activities in an authentic country environment. Those looking to add adrenaline to the mix can go whizzing through an indigenous forest on the exciting Karkloof Canopy Tour, or negotiate the bridges and drop-offs of the first class mountain bike tracks that exist in this neck of the woods.
Woodridge Country Hotel
Set in beautiful surroundings, on the rolling hills of Balgowan in the Midlands, this highly sought after wedding, conference and leisure venue is completely unique with heartfelt hospitality and excellent cuisine are enhanced by the diverse activities on offer.
Granny Mouse Country House
Old-world charm, embedded in the foundations of the hotel, complements the rural ambience and modern comforts of the rooms and venues. This elegant hotel with two restaurants and spa is situated in the picturesque KwaZulu Natal Midlands.