Travel to the country to explore, idle, browse and indulge. The
Midlands Meander offers over a hundred things to see and things
Art studios, country hotels, herb and flower farms, guest houses
and tea gardens, country pubs, health hydro's, craft, pottery and
weaving workshops, breweries and wine barns.
The Midlands Meander is situated between Hilton, a quaint Village
just north of Pietermaritzburg, and Hidcote, a farming hamlet outside
Mooi River. It extends from Rietvlei and Currys Post in the east,
to the lush Dargle Valley and Fort Nottingham in the west.
An advantage to visitors in the area is the good road infrastructure,
which takes travellers through scenic beauty while linking meander
outlets and picturesque villages.
The enchanting KwaZulu-Natal Midlands has always been home to artists
and craftspeople. Local artists, potters and weavers joined forces
to create an arts and crafts route. By selling directly to visitors,
the studios are able to keep prices down, and with the active support
of hospitality establishments in the area, a unique route was formed.
The Midlands Meander logo is a rare and particularly beautiful
butterfly. The Butler (Orachrysops Ariadne) is endemic to KwaZulu-Natal
and is found only in the Karkloof area.
Whether you're a local discovering the doorstep experiences of
the region for the first time, an overseas traveller exploring this
enchanting countryside, or a holiday maker en route to the coast,
the Midlands Meander has something for everyone - all year round.
There are many historical buildings in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands,
several of which date back to the 1880's. A number have been declared
National Monuments, including some very well preserved Settler Churches.
The Natal Railway Museum, situated in Hilton, is open from Tuesday
to Thursday, and most weekends.
Flying enthusiasts should visit the Goodman Household monument
near Currys Post, erected to commemorate the flight in a home built
glider by Goodman Household in l871 - man's earliest attempt to
fly in Southern Africa.
Between the Fern Hill Hotel and Lions River is a commemoration
wall, marking the place where President Nelson Mandela was arrested
prior to his 27 year imprisonment.