Howick Museum – 033 239 9230

Looks back towards the future, curating local history and actively engaging the community and visitors.   View some of the stories of the town and multiple narratives from people about settlement, life and change along the uMngeni River, on the edge of the magnificent landmark the Howick Falls. Mon-Fri 8.45am – 3.30pm. Sat 10am-1pm. Sun 10am – 3pm or by appointment.

Rohde House Museum, Mooi River
 - 033 263 1221

Explores the founding of Mooi River, its history as a tented hospital during the Anglo-boer Wars, and its primary agricultural and sporting activities. Open Mon, Tues and Fri: 10am-12.30pm, Thurs: 2pm-4.30pm. Closed: Wed, weekends and public holidays

Fort Nottingham Museum
 –  083 527 8332

Looks at the history of this garrison settlement, established to protect settlers from Bushmen raiders. Open weekends and public holidays 10am – 4pm.

Hilton Station Railway Museum
 – 083 278 1490

Wander down the railway line and explore the 7 locos that make Hilton Station their home. Marvel at the wonders of the public transport system of yesteryear. Open: Sat 9am-12pm. Call for bookings for photo shoots/ school tours.


Natural Areas

Protected Areas Open Daily to the Public

Doreeen Clark Nature Reserve 033 343 3184 

Fort Nottingham Reserve Public picnic site 033 266 6482

Giant's Castle Nature Reserve 036 353 3718

Highmoor Nature Reserve Entrance fee payable but also has a public picnic site 033 267 7240

Kamberg Nature Reserve Entrance fee payable but also has a public picnic site AND Rock Art 033 267 7521

Karkloof Nature Reserve 031 502 4043

Midmar Public Resort & Nature Reserve Entrance fee payable but also has a public picnic site 033 330 2067


Protected Areas NOT Open to the Public but may have accommodation or other facilities (phone ahead to enquire)

Bill Barnes Crane and Oribi Nature Reserve 084 779 5375

Blue Crane Nature Reserve 033 266 6965

Hilton College Nature Reserve 033 383 0100

Michaelhouse Nature Reserve 033 234 1000

ZuluWaters Game Reserve 036 352 0100


Other Natural Areas 

Beacon Hill 033 330 4747

Craigie Burn Nature Reserve Entrance fee payable. 084 701 3467

Dargle Singisi Plantation Picnic Site Public picnic site: Pam 033 234 4322  (closed June-Oct)

Entabeni Education Centre 033 263 2441

Karkloof Falls Public picnic site. 033 330 2128 - Closed on occasion due to high fire danger index

Tillietudlem Game & Trout Lodge  033 234 9045 (phone ahead)

Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve Entrance fee payable but also has a public picnic site 033 330 3941

Local Art Groups

Professional arts group in the KZN Midlands.
Contact: Louise van Niekerk 033 266 6460,

Howick Arts and Crafts Society with amateur and professional membership, workshops, demos, exhibitions.
Contact: Anna Pettifer (Sec) on 033 330 7198 or Yvonne Myburgh (Pres) on 084 382 6321.

Midlands Arts and Crafts Society: Arts and Crafts Courses, Workshops, Exhibitions, Craftshop.
Contact: 033 386 6500.  Open: Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri: 8am - 4pm; Thur: 8am - 12pm; Sat: 8am - 2pm. 

Address: 23 Haldane Road, Pelham, Pietermaritzburg.


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Beacon Hill
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Bill Barnes Nature Reserve
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Curry's Post
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Lion's Bush
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World's View
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We invite you to explore, indulge and dream amongst the gentle hills and warm-hearted people who call the KwaZulu Natal Midlands home. The Midlands Meander route is situated between the city of Pietermaritzburg in the East and the majestic uKhahlamba Drakensberg mountain range (a World Heritage Site) in the West, in the uMgungundlovu district, one of eight regions of the ‘Zulu Kingdom’. In the Midlands, life is lived at a gentler pace, we take time to chat to strangers in the trading store and shell our own peas. On your visit, explore the forests and farmlands and the small villages inhabited by interesting characters. Gather inspiration and original art from world-class crafters, enjoy gracious hospitality, savour new flavours and celebrate memorable moments. May you be enticed to return to this Good Place.

  • The Midlands Meander is South Africa's first, largest and most popular arts and crafts route in South Africa, and is currently consulting to the European Union on tourism route development through the Collabor8 programme.
  • The MMA celebrated its 25th birthday in 2010.
  • The Meander extends over a distance of over 80 kms between Pietermaritzburg and Mooi River.
  • The Midlands Meander Association comprises a voluntary group of like-minded people who share a vision, formally constituted in 2000 as a Section 21 company.
  • Since its humble beginnings, the Midlands Meander has grown into a vibrant network consisting of 210 members, which make a substantial contribution to the local economy in terms of expenditure and employment as well as undertaking social responsibility activities (tourism and environmental education in 19 rural schools, and studies of the Karkloof Blue Butterfly.)



To become the leading tourist destination in Kwa-Zulu Natal in a manner that benefits our members, the local communities and the natural environment.


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