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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.

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  • 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.

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Safari Lodges within Midlands Meander

Karkloof Spa

Tucked away in a wilderness close to Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu Natal, lies this 5-Star destination Spa and Lodge. At Karkloof Spa, wellness and wildlife merge in a retreat where rejuvenation is discovered in complete luxury.

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Fordoun Hotel and Spa

Fordoun is situated in the green pastures of a Nottingham Road dairy farm, which has a history dating back to the 1800s. The original farm buildings have been painstakingly adapted into the atmospheric and gracious Fordoun Spa, Hotel and Restaurant.

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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.

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Hartford House

This is the world of heroic battles, serene mountain passes, of Arts and Crafts, famous Schools and Colleges, where the age-old pastimes of trout-fishing, tennis and golf are practised in the traditional manner.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Seasons and Climate

The climate in the area is moderate; situated at an altitude of 1 247 meters above sea level, the summers (October til March) are warm with average maximum temperatures of 27°C. Mild yet chilly winters (June to August) with average minimum temperatures of 1,2°C in the early mornings and evenings. The area receives summer rainfall with an average rainfall of 740mm per year. Long days of sunshine make this destination the ideal year round holiday or safari

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Just like the spots on a leopard's back, each of our tailor-made itineraries is unique. Every journey has a personality, carefully designed to match the desires and expectations our clients bring to the table. Every element is taken into consideration to stitch together a personalised safari experience, grown from seed and cultivated to embody the perfect adventure. Our tailored itineraries are your safari dreams, defined.