A place of mists and mellow fruitfulness.
The gently contoured Midlands has a wonderful climate. The heat is dry in summer and evenings often have mists to moisten and cool. Summer is the rainy season making everything lush green and as this is a dairy and cheese making area, there are lots of scenes with cows. When there is a storm it can be hail laden, giving a white and wintry landscape before the sun melts all to colour again. Winters require a cosy night fire but mostly, days are sunny and warm. Autumn is a blaze of colour from pale yellows to rich ochre reds. Spring has its own charm as greens of every shade appear and wild flowers sprinkle fallow fields. Away from and high above city and industry, the air is clean and fresh. It is a good place to take time out to re-charge your batteries… to hike, bike, ride, stroll and relax.
The Midland is actually a vast area but here we focus on the area bordered by Town Hill, above Pietermaritzburg in the east, Midmar Dam, the Lowlands leading to the Southern Drakensberg in the west and Karkloof . We cover the Drakensberg and Battlefields elsewhere.
The area has long attracted artists and crafters, so there is a rich cultural stream as well as great outdoor activities. We have delicious craft food options, a lovely indoor Saturday market and a wine estate of growing reputation. Some shopping treats include antiques and bygones. There are many, many options for you to enjoy on The Saunter and in the Plan section, you will find 4 routes to get you to see and experience a variety of wonderful things to do.
There are many, many options for you to enjoy on The Saunter and in the Plan section, you will find 4 routes to get you to see and experience a variety of wonderful things to do. We have divided the area into:
The Midlands Route 1– Hilton and Town Hill
The Midlands Route 2 – Howick and Karkloof
The Midlands Route 3- Lion’s River and Dargle
The Midlands Route 4- Nottingham Road and Curry’s Post
None of these routes and choices is final nor set in stone as we are still adding to and building The Saunter.
There are many more accommodation and eating out options in the Midlands than we recommend as we hand pick just highly recommended places for you to stay as well as to eat out. Every recommendation is by invitation only. You may wish to choose accommodation close to your chosen route or on a different Midlands Route … none are too far to travel to, just allow time as these are often country roads.
To access full details for accommodation: Just go to the Search Bar “What”, select the accommodation type from the drop down selection AND in the Search Bar “Where” select KwaZulu Natal from the drop down choices, then The Midlands.
Enjoy sauntering through this lovely area!