In the heart of Kwa-Zulu Natal, the beautiful Midlands are the ideal escape for weary city slickers. Fresh country air and picturesque surroundings are just an hour way from Durban, and there is a seemingly endless list of activities to enjoy along the popular Midlands Meander route. Whether it's unique arts and crafts, cuisine, outdoor activities, historical attractions or local events that you're looking for - the Midlands promises to offer something for everyone. And, there are plenty of fantastic accommodation options ranging from luxurious country hotels to cosy cottages.
Book your stay at one of these special destinations:
1. St Ives Lodge and Restaurant From R1120 per unit.
This 4-star magical country escape in Lions River offers luxury accommodation, plenty of amenities and a range of family orientated activities from fishing to mountain biking as well as the popular St Ives restaurant with a pretty waterside setting.
2. Old Rearsby Country Cottages From R650 per person.
Set on a 100-year old farm in Mooi River these traditional country cottages overlook the beautiful Summerhill Stud Farm. They offer true country-style hospitality and cosy but luxurious accommodation. Bed & Breakfast as well as self-catering options are available.
3. The Old Hotel at Curry's Post From R295 per person.
Dating back to the 1860's this lovely hotel captures the essence and atmosphere of historic Natal. The comfortable self-catering units have been beautifully restored and decorated.
4. Crab Apple Cottages From R510 per person.
These delightful thatched cottages are set on the edge of the Dargle Valley Conservancy and promise guests a cosy stay in a gorgeous setting. There are plenty of activities to enjoy including tranquil forest walks.
5. Babbling Brook B&B From R390 per person.
Offering beautifully decorated rooms, this 3-star family run bed and breakfast guarantees guests a quiet, homely and comfortable stay.
6. Tala Private Game Reserve From R440 per unit.
This sanctuary is hidden in the hills of a quaint farming town and provides excellent game watching and birding. The retreat offers a range of accommodation from 2-sleeper rondawels to the 10-sleeper Figtree Lodge.
7. Granny Mouse Country House & Spa From R2250 per unit.
This Midlands gem offers superior accommodation, old world charm and a pretty country setting. Guests can indulge themselves at the wonderful spa and enjoy gourmet meals at a choice of two restaurants.
8. Everglades Country Hotel From R385 per person.
Situated at the foothills of the southern Drakensberg, this country hotel makes for a perfect getaway for couples and families alike with a range of room options. Bird watching, hiking and plenty of children's activities are on offer.
9. Otters Den Self Catering From R400 per person.
Overlooking the Lions River these secluded cottages are set in 18 acres of unspoilt countryside. The fully equipped 2-sleeper cottages make for a romantic escape with plenty of privacy and Jacuzzi baths with a view.
Slow down, relax and explore the majestic Midlands Meander.