Midlands Meander, KwaZulu Natal
Situated in KwaZulu Natal, the Midlands Meander is just north of Pietermaritzburg and extends from Rietvlei and Currys Post in the east, to Dargle Valley and Fort Nottingham in the west. This stunning stretch is about 80km’s long and brimming with amazing sights, sounds and activities.
No wonder thousands of people traverse the Midlands Meander each year. In 1985 local artists, potters and weavers decided to join forces to create an arts and crafts route. Soon enough, six studios were opened and the Midlands Meander was born. It is also known as the ‘arts and crafts route’. From humble beginnings, the Midlands Meander has grown to more than 160 places to eat, drink, sleep, shop, play as well as a diverse and fascinating mix of arts and crafts.
Water sport lovers congregate at the popular Midmar Dam where enthusiasts enjoy windsurfing, sailing, boating, canoeing and much more. Another famed aspect of the Midland Meander Route is the Battlefields Route. It is hard to imagine that this tranquil and beautiful area was once the centre of military clashes of the Anglo-Boer War.
There are also many historical buildings many of which date back to the 1880's. A number have been declared National Monuments including some well preserved Settler Churches. These monuments include The Natal Railway Museum, The Goodman Household monument and the commemoration wall where President Nelson Mandela was arrested prior to his 27 year imprisonment. Whether you’re a fan of history or not, these sights and monuments provide a fascinating glimpse into the South Africa of old.
There are a vast amount of fantastic restaurants with a diversity of mouth-watering munchies to choose from. Time goes so much slower in this part of the country. Interestingly, the word ‘meander’ means ‘to wander at random’. So take your time, relax and enjoy aimlessly wondering along the winding paths of the beautiful Midlands Meander Route in South Africa. It promises to be a truly unforgettable time.
Attractions / Activities nearby
The source of the uMngeni River lies in the uMngeni Vlei area, an ancient wetland bounded by hills. From here it meanders eastward through undulating pastoral countryside until just before Midmar Dam, where it is joined by the Lions River. Below Midmar Dam the river plunges some 111 metres down ... more information
Gowrie Farm Golf Course, one of KwaZulu Natal’s finest golf courses, was built in the traditional way with push up greens and rugged bunkers. The fairways and tees are Kikuyu with bent grass greens and surrounds. Only people over the age of 65 or those with medical certificates are allowed ... more information