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The Midlands Meander for Children

The Midlands Meander abounds with family holiday experiences and adventure for everyone from little ones to teenagers – and Mom and Dad too!

 

Families can enjoy a fun family experience in the Midlands Meander all year round. Spring brings the wild flowers to the mountain grasslands. Come in Summer to see the baby animals. Autumn sometimes brings the magic of snow, turning the Meander into a wonderland. Its ambers and oranges are not to be missed. There is nothing to beat snuggling up next to a crackling log fire in the Winter Meander…

 

Not all of the activities listed are suitable for all ages: parents are requested to use their discretion. If unsure, please call ahead to make enquiries. Visitors are encouraged to enquire about facilities and activities for children at accommodation establishments when booking.

 

DAY 1 – HOWICK/ /KARKLOOF/CURRY’S POST 

DAY 2 – LION’S RIVER, MIDMAR

DAY 3 – DARGLE, BOSTON

DAY 4 – LIDGETTON, NOTTINGHAM ROAD

DAY 5 – GIANT’S CASTLE, KAMBERG

LIST OF KIDS THINGS TO DO

CHILD-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION 

 

DAY 1 – HOWICK/ /KARKLOOF/CURRY’S POST - The wonderful and the thrilling

Begin your day at the magnificent Howick Falls (S29° 48'67". . . E30° 23'89") – see if you can see the famous Inkanyamba, a giant serpent-like creature that lives at the base of the Falls, according to local legend. Pop into Hangabout Hammocks (033 330 2040 – S29° 29'11.1". . . E30° 14'10.9") in the shopping precinct there.

 

Afterwards, head onto the Karkloof Road, and stop at Yellowwood Café for breakfast, where the littlies can enjoy the animal farm and play on the jungle gym (033 330 2461 - S29° 28' 42.1". . . E30° 14' 13.7"), and the older kids and Dad can challenge each other to a game of paintball (phone ahead to enquire).

 

Or if it is a Saturday morning, you might wish to continue a little further along the Karkloof Road and discover the delights of the Karkloof Farmers' Market (082 820 8986 - S29° 27' 54.8". . . E30° 14' 45.5"), Saturday from 7-11am only. Enjoy breakfast and stock up on organic veggies, home baking, artisan cheeses, preserves and other delights while the kids play outside in the play area.

 

For an exhilarating and up-close experience of the pristine mistbelt forest of the Karkloof and the incomparable thrill of the zipline, head for the Karkloof Canopy Tour (033 330 3415 - S29° 19' 21.9". . . E30° 15' 44.3"). It’s foefie slide fun for the whole family – from age 7 to 70!

 

On the way back, slow down the pulse and chat about your experiences in the peaceful environs of the Karkloof Conservation Centre. Have a leisurely picnic on the grounds and spend some time in their excellent hides to view the birds – maybe you’ll be lucky and see all three types of cranes the Conservation Centre is famous for.

 

Not into picnics? Why not head across Howick to the Curry’s Post road and lunch at the Corner Post Restaurant & Bar (033 330 7636 - S29° 28' 35.7". . . E30° 13' 09.1") or at Tumble Downs (082 802 2837 - S29° 25' 10.9". . . E30° 11' 51.2"), further down the Curry’s Post Road.

 

The magical sculpture of the Elves and the Shoemaker in the gardens of Groundcover (082 562 0874 - S29° 23' 18.6". . . E30° 10' 32.3") is a must-see – and don’t miss the beautiful hammocks and swinging chairs at Heavenly Hammocks in Curry’s Post (083 378 7100 – S29° 21' 24.7". . . E30° 07' 43.7")

 

Child-friendly places to stay on the Curry’s Post Road:
• Cranford Country Lodge (082 556 6748 - S29° 22' 32.7"...E30° 09' 05.7")
• Old Halliwell Country Inn (033 330 2602 - S29° 22' 92.6"...E30° 10' 59.1")


DAY 2 – LION’S RIVER, MIDMAR - Arts and Culture

 

Take it slowly today with a visit to see the world-famous statue of Nelson Mandela at the iconic Capture Site (079 971 3074 - S29° 28' 07.0". . . E30° 10' 10.0"), where Mandela was arrested in 1962.



Kids in the mood for art and craft? Why not have fun with Candle-Dipping and Sand-Art (084 381 8010 - S29° 27' 30.0". . . E30° 08' 08.0") or paint a selection of gorgeous pottery at the Zulu-Lulu Art Bar (083 627 3491 - S29° 27' 30.0". . . E30° 08' 08.0") – all at the Piggly Wiggly Centre near the Capture Site.

 

More in the mood for action? Go sailing, canoeing or fishing at the Midmar Resort (033 330 2067 - S29° 29' 27.8". . . E30° 11' 37.8") and enjoy a picnic there. Or you can picnic, go fishing and MTB riding and enjoy a delicious lunch at St Ives Hotel & Restaurant (033 234 4490 - S29° 27' 24.6". . . E30° 08' 00.1") (there is also a lovely jungle gym). Lunch is also available nearby at Fern Hill Hotel (033 330 5071 - S29° 29' 05.2". . . E30° 11' 21.5")

 

Child-friendly places to stay:
• Fern Hill Hotel (033 330 5071 - S29° 29' 05.2"...E30° 11' 21.5")
• St Ives Restaurant & Hotel (033 234 4490 - S29° 27' 24.6"...E30° 08' 00.1")
Midmar Resort (033 330 2067 - S29° 29' 27.8"...E30° 11' 37.8")

 

DAY 3 – DARGLE, BOSTON - A day of nature and organic goodness

 

Take your children to encounter the breathtaking natural world of wildlife and indigenous Nguni cattle at Tillietudlem Trout & Game Lodge (033 234 9045 - S29° 36' 53.4"...E29° 56' 19.9"), which can be reached from the Dargle Road. Enjoy a relaxing day of game walks, fishing and a delicious gourmet lunch. Or if pizza would be more welcome, experience delicious pizza made the traditional way at Il Postino Pizzeria (072 905 9390 - S29° 28' 32.7". . . E30° 06' 15.8") on the way back down the Dargle Road.

 

For a delicious organic lunch, inspiring beautiful food gardens and a child-friendly forest walk out Boston way, visit Picklepot Café (072 190 5548 - S29° 42' 54.4". . . E29° 57' 25.9")

 

Child-friendly places to stay:
• Inversanda Farm Cottages (082 772 1621 - S29° 32' 03.6"...E30° 03' 13.1")
• Everglades Hotel & Conference Centre (033 234 9042 - S29° 32' 34.3". . . E29° 57' 58.7")
• Lemonwood Cottages (082 052 6072 - S29° 23' 10.1"...E30° 03' 12.8")
• Old Kilgobbin Farm Cottages (086 662 2327 - S29° 28' 25.2"...E30° 03' 34.3")


DAY 4 – LIDGETTON, NOTTINGHAM ROAD - Little kids, old fashioned fun and a little bit of magic

 

One of the most popular attractions of the Meander for children is to feed the kids and goats at Swissland Cheese (082 418 3440 - S29° 24' 45.1". . . E30° 04' 20.6") in Lidgetton. Buy delicious cheeses and biscuits to enjoy a family picnic there while you watch the goats climb the spiral wooden goat tower. Other child-friendly places to eat in this area are:
• Caversham Mill Restaurant (072 125 3392 - S29° 24' 56.4". . . E30° 05' 45.3")
• Granny Mouse Country House (033 234 4017 - S29° 25' 26.5". . . E30° 05' 25.3")
• Günther's (033 234 4171 - S29° 24' 30.3". . . E30° 04' 49.4")
• Millgate Cottage (083 289 7696 - S29° 24' 47.9". . . E30° 04' 57.1")

 

Head up the R103 to Nottingham Road…littlies love to visit the fairies and the elves at the magical stone cottage called The Faraway Tree (072 870 0458 - S29° 21' 05.5" . . . E29° 59' 07.5"). Want to get creative together? Book a pottery, ceramics, stained glass or mosaic class at Aladdin's-de-Light (033 266 6460 - S29° 21' 34.2". . . E29° 59' 37.1") Remember how much fun it was to have a horse/pony ride? Try Kleinberg Estate (033 266 6170 - S29° 17' 25.9". . . E30° 03' 26.6")

 

The Junction in Nottingham Road also offers temptations for those with a sweet tooth – try chocolate dipping at Chocolate Heaven (033 266 6870 - S29° 21' 27.6". . . E29° 59' 50.8") as well as old-fashioned and modern toys at Funtasy (033 266 6999 - S29° 21' 27.6". . . E29° 59' 50.8").

 

Child-friendly places to eat in the Nottingham Road area:
• Cafe Bloom (033 266 6118 - S29° 20' 99.8" . . . E29° 59' 44.9")
• Bierfassl Restaurant & Pub (033 266 6320 - S29° 21' 41.1". . . E29° 59' 57.4")
• Rawdons Hotel (033 266 6044 - S29° 22' 29.1". . . E30° 00' 40.1")
• Sapore (033 266 6921 - S29° 21' 13.0". . . E29° 59' 48.0")
• Linga Lapa Restaurant (033 266 7001 - S29° 18' 55.6". . . E30° 02' 56.4")

 

Child-friendly places to stay in the Lidgetton area:
• Beacon Vlei Guest Farm (033 234 4486 - S29° 23' 10.2"...E30° 04' 26.7")
• Caversham Mill (033 234 4524 - S29° 24' 56.4"...E30° 05' 45.3")
• Granny Mouse Country House (033 23 4071 - S29° 25' 26.5"...E30° 05' 25.3")
• Midlands Forest Lodge (033 940 0145 - S29° 23' 31.0"...E30° 04' 54.0")
• Millgate Cottage (083 289 7696 - S29° 24' 47.9"...E30° 04' 57.1")
• Little Milton (033 267 5028 - S29° 19' 23.8". . . E29° 58' 45.9")
Child-friendly places to stay in the Nottingham Road area:
• Bellwood Cottages (033 266 6218 - S29° 22' 37.4"...E29° 59' 38.2")
• Rawdons Hotel (033 266 6044 - S29° 22' 29.1"...E30° 00' 40.1")
• Thatchings Guest House (033 266 6275 - S29° 18' 44.0"...E30° 04' 21.0"
• The Windmills Resort (033 266 6965 - S29° 18' 56.8"...E30° 03' 06.4")


DAY 5 – GIANT’S CASTLE, KAMBERG - Majestic mountains and ancient heritage

 

If you have older children, introduce them to the ancient heritage of the art of the San people on a hike at the Giant's Castle Resort (036 353 3781 - S29° 13' 06.8". . . E29° 33' 27.4"). In addition to walks and hikes, there are some beautifully scenic picnic spots at both resorts. Trout fishing is also available at Kamberg Resort. For a private, upmarket San art and wildlife experience, stay at ZuluWaters Game Reserve (036 352 0100 - S29° 06' 13.6"...E29° 48' 14.5").

 

For horseriding in the area, try Bergtrails (033 267 7926 - S29° 18' 59.1". . . E29° 43' 20.0") and Antbear Lodge (036 352 3143 - S29° 08' 02.1". . . E29° 48' 15.9")

 

Child-friendly places to stay:
• Antbear Lodge (036 352 3143 - S29° 08' 02.1"...E29° 48' 15.9")
• Giant's Castle Resort (036 353 3718 - S29° 13' 06.8"...E29° 33' 27.4")
• Kamberg Resort (033 267 7251 - S29° 23' 13.5"...E29° 40' 04.8")
• Silverhill Guest Lodge (033 267 7430 - S29° 19' 33.2"...E29° 41' 14.6")
• Sycamore Ave. Treehouses (033 263 5009 - S29° 09' 03.5"...E29° 58' 57.4")
• ZuluWaters Game Reserve (036 352 0100 - S29° 06' 13.6"...E29° 48' 14.5")

 

Kids' things to do

Animal Farm

 

•    Swissland Cheese  (feeding goats)

082 418 3440 - S29° 24' 45.1". . . E30° 04' 20.6"

•    Yellowwood Café

033 330 2461 - S29° 28' 42.1". . . E30° 14' 13.7"

 

 

Bike riding spaces

 

•    Midmar Resort

033 330 2067 - S29° 29' 27.8". . . E30° 11' 37.8"

•    Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve

033 330 3941 - S29° 28' 31.5". . . E30° 14' 21.4"

   

Crafts and courses

 
•  Candle-dipping and Sand-Art   
- Nottingham Rd 033 266 6980 - S29° 21' 27.2". . . E29° 59' 50.6"
- Piggly Wiggly 084 381 8010 - S29° 27' 30.0". . . E30° 08' 08.0"
•   Zulu-lulu Art House 083 627 3491 - S29° 27' 29.2". . . E30° 08' 09.2"
   

Pottery & Ceramics

 
•    Aladdin's-de-Light 033 266 6460 - S29° 21' 34.2". . . E29° 59' 37.1"
   

Environmental

 
•    Karkloof Conservation Centre 072 376 3023 - S29° 21' 19.4". . . E30° 15' 41.9"
•    Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve 033 330 3941 - S29° 28' 31.5". . . E30° 14' 21.4"
   

Fairies and elves

 
•    The Faraway Tree 072 870 0458 - S29° 20' 43.8". . . E29° 59' 35.5"
•    Groundcover 082 562 0874 - S29° 23' 18.6". . . E30° 10' 32.3"
   

Fishing

 
•    Midmar Resort 033 330 2067 - S29° 29' 27.8". . . E30° 11' 37.8"
•    St Ives Lodge & Restaurant  033 234 4490 - S29° 27' 24.6". . . E30° 08' 00.1"
•    Kamberg Resort 033 267 7251 - S29° 23' 13.5". . . E29° 40' 04.8"
   

Horse/pony rides & trails

 
•    Kleinberg Estate 033 266 6170 - S29° 17' 25.9". . . E30° 03' 26.6"
•    Bergtrails 033 267 7227 - S29° 18' 59.1". . . E29° 43' 20.0"
•    Antbear Guest House 036 352 3143 - S29° 08' 02.1". . . E29° 48' 15.9"
   

Paintball

 
•   Yellowwood Café  033 330 2461 - S29° 28' 42.1". . . E30° 14' 13.7"
   

Picnic Spots

 
•    Kamberg Resort 033 267 7251 - S29° 23' 13.5". . . E29° 40' 04.8"
•    Midmar Resort 033 330 2067 - S29° 29' 27.8". . . E30° 11' 37.8"
•    Karkloof Conservation Centre 033 330 2992 - S29° 21' 19.4". . . E30° 15' 41.9"
•    St Ives Lodge & Restaurant  033 234 4490 - S29° 27' 24.6". . . E30° 08' 00.1"
•    Thurlow House Midmar 033 330 7385 - S29° 32' 44.1". . . E30° 12' 11.7"
•    Swissland Cheese 082 418 3440 - S29° 24' 45.1". . . E30° 04' 20.6"
   

Picnic Spots & Baskets

 
•    Hawklee Country House 0332666209 - S29° 26' 32.6". . . E29° 56' 18.6"
•    St Ives Lodge & Restaurant  0332344490 - S29° 27' 24.6". . . E30° 08' 00.1"
   

Sailing & Canoeing

 
•   Midmar Resort   033 330 2067 - S29° 29' 27.8". . . E30° 11' 37.8"
   

Sweets treats and chocolate dipping

 
•    Chocolate Heaven

033 266 6870 - S29° 21' 27.6". . . E29° 59' 50.8"

•    Tasha's Fantastic Fudge 083 3818 483 - S29° 33' 16.0". . . E30° 18' 03.0"
   

Toys

 
•    Funtasy 033 266 6999 - S29° 21' 27.6". . . E29° 59' 50.8"
•    Sue Tarr's Summerhouse 033 343 1448 - S29° 34' 10.1". . . E30° 16' 59.5"
•    The Faraway Tree 072 870 0458 - S29° 20' 43.8". . . E29° 59' 35.5"
   

Walks and trails

 
•    Picklepot Café 072 190 5548 - S29° 42' 54.4". . . E29° 57' 25.9"
•    Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve 033 330 3941 - S29° 28' 31.5". . . E30° 14' 21.4"
•    Kamberg Resort 033 267 7251 - S29° 23' 13.5". . . E29° 40' 04.8"
   

Zip Line (Foefie Slide)

 
•    Karkloof Canopy Tours 033 330 3415 - S29° 19' 21.9". . . E30° 15' 44.3"
   

EATING OUT

 
• Bierfassl Restaurant & Pub 033 266 6320 - S29° 21' 41.1". . . E29° 59' 57.4"
• Corner Post 033 330 7636 - S29° 28' 35.7". . . E30° 13' 09.1"
• Cafe Bloom 033 266 6188 - S29° 20' 99.8". . . E29° 59' 44.9"
Cafe Classic 033 330 2492 - S29° 29' 49.0". . . E30° 13' 57.0"
Caversham Mill Restaurant  072 125 3392 - S29° 24' 56.4"...E30° 05' 45.3"
• Fern Hill Hotel 033 330 5071 - S29° 29' 05.2". . . E30° 11' 21.5"
• Granny Mouse Country House 033 234 4071 - S29° 25' 26.5". . . E30° 05' 25.3"
Gunthers 083 600 0923 - S29° 24' 50.0". . . E30° 05' 37.1"
• Il Postino Pizzeria 072 905 9390 - S29° 28' 32.7". . . E30° 06' 15.8"
• Karkloof Farmers' Market* 082 820 8986 - S29° 27' 54.8". . . E30° 14' 45.5"
• Linga Lapa Restaurant 033 266 7001 - S29° 18' 55.6". . . E30° 02' 56.4"
Peter's Gate Herbal Centre   076 412 1320 -S29° 25' 26.5". . . E30° 05' 26.8"
• Picklepot Café 072 190 5548 - S29° 42' 54.4". . . E29° 57' 25.9"
• Rawdons Hotel 033 266 6044 - S29° 22' 29.1". . . E30° 00' 40.1"
• Sapore  033 266 6921 - S29° 21' 13.0". . . E29° 59' 48.0"
• St Ives Lodge & Restaurant  033 234 4490 - S29° 27' 24.6". . . E30° 08' 00.1"
Taste of Thai Restaurant  074 180 9450 - S29° 33' 20.0". . . E30° 18' 04.0"
The Truth Cafe at the Capture Site 079 971 3074 - S29° 28' 07.0". . . E30° 10' 10.0"
• Tumble Downs 082 802 2837 - S29° 25' 10.9". . . E30° 11' 51.2"
 Woodridge Country Hotel 033 234 4423 - S29° 24' 02.7". . . E30° 03' 30.2"
• Yellowwood Café 033 330 2461 - S29° 28' 42.1". . . E30° 14' 13.7"
   *(Saturday morning 7-11am only)
   

Child-friendly Accommodation on the Midlands Meander:

ANTBEAR GUEST HOUSE 036 352 3143 - S29° 08' 02.1"...E29° 48' 15.9"
BEACON VLEI LUXURY GUEST FARM 033 234 4486 - S29° 23' 10.2"...E30° 04' 26.7"
BELLWOOD COTTAGES 033 266 6218 - S29° 22' 37.4"...E29° 59' 38.2"
BEVERLEY COUNTRY COTTAGES 033 9400972 - S29° 29' 50.0"...E29° 58' 21.0"
CAVERSHAM MILL MANOR & RESTAURANT

033 2344524 - S29° 24' 56.4"...E30° 05' 45.3"

CORRIE LYNN FARM WEDDINGS  082 828 0424 - S29° 30' 47.2". . .  E30° 06' 45.0"
CRANFORD COUNTRY LODGE & HORSE TRAILS 082 5566748 - S29° 22' 32.7"...E30° 09' 05.7"
EVERGLADES HOTEL 033 2349042 - S29° 32' 34.3"...E29° 57' 58.7"
FERN HILL HOTEL/TRAINING COLLEGE 033 3305071 - S29° 29' 05.2"...E30° 11' 21.5"
GIANT'S CASTLE RESORT 036 3533718 - S29° 13' 06.8"...E29° 33' 27.4"
GRANNY MOUSE COUNTRY HOUSE 033 2344071 - S29° 25' 26.5"...E30° 05' 25.3"

HAWKLEE COUNTRY HOUSE

033 0070549 - S29° 26' 19.6"...E29° 56' 10.4"
INVERSANDA FARM COTTAGES 082 7721621 - S29° 32' 03.6"...E30° 03' 13.1"
JOLO GUEST FARM 083 459 9040 - S29° 18' 39.5". . . E29° 58' 19.2"
KAMBERG RESORT 033 267 7251 - S29° 23' 13.5"...E29° 40' 04.8"
LEMONWOOD COTTAGES  082 0526 072 - S29° 23' 10.1"...E30° 03' 12.8"
LYTHWOOD LODGE  033 234 4666 - S29° 26' 45.3"...E30° 03' 08.7"
MIDLANDS FOREST LODGE  033 940 0145 - S29° 23' 31.0"...E30° 04' 54.0"
MIDMAR RESORT  033 330 2067 - S29° 29' 27.8"...E30° 11' 37.8"
MILLGATE COTTAGE 083 2897696 - S29° 24' 47.9"...E30° 04' 57.1"
NUTMEG GUEST HOUSE 033 330 5497 - S29° 28' 57.9". . . E30° 13' 42.4"
OLD HALLIWELL COUNTRY INN  033 3302602 - S29° 22' 92.6"...E30° 10' 59.1"
OLD KILGOBBIN FARM COTTAGES  086 6622327 - S29° 28' 25.2"...E30° 03' 34.3"
OTTERS DEN SELF-CATERING 082 972 5537 - S29° 26' 25.7". . . E29° 56' 12.7"
OVERDALE GUEST HOUSE 073 244 8221 - S29° 18' 24.1"...E29° 58' 19.1"
PLEASANT PLACES  033 234 4396 - S29° 26' 43.1"...E30° 04' 30.1"
RAWDONS HOTEL  033 266 6044 - S29° 22' 29.1"...E30° 00' 40.1"
SILVERHILL GUEST LODGE 033 267 7430 - S29° 19' 33.2"...E29° 41' 14.6"
St IVES LODGE & RESTAURANT 

033 234 4490 - S29° 27' 24.6"...E30° 08' 00.1"

SYCAMORE AVE. TREEHOUSES  033 263 5009 - S29° 09' 03.5"...E29° 58' 57.4"
THATCHINGS GUEST HOUSE 033 266 6275 - S29° 18' 44.0"...E30° 04' 21.0"

THE BEND COUNTRY  HOUSE 

033 266 6371 - S29° 21' 46.6"...E29° 51' 23.4"

THE KNOLL GUEST FARM & BACKPACKERS 076 555 5408 - S29° 34' 43.8". . . E30° 16' 52.7"
THE WINE CELLAR & MOUSETRAP DELI  033 267 7044 - S29° 29' 69.5". . . E29° 97' 99.1"
THE WINDMILLS  RESORT 033 266 6965 - S29° 18' 56.8"...E30° 03' 06.4"
TILLIETUDLEM TROUT & GAME LODGE  033 234 9045 - S29° 36' 53.4"...E29° 56' 19.9"
TWIN POOLS LODGE 079 096 0792 - S29° 22' 84.6". . . E30° 04' 60.3"

UMGENI VALLEY NATURE RESERVE 

033 330 3941 - S29° 28' 31.5"...E30° 14' 21.4"

WATERFORD MANOR   073 260 7423 - S29° 17' 33.2"...E29° 58' 50.1"
WATERWOODS  082 891 5975 - S29° 25' 59.7"...E29° 56' 0.40"
WHISPERING WATERS  033 266 6893 - S29° 26' 20.0"...E29° 56' 22.8"
WOODRIDGE COUNTRY HOTEL  033 234 4423 - S29° 24' 02.7"...E30° 03' 30.2"
ZULU WATERS GAME RESERVE 036 352 0100 - S29° 06' 13.6"...E29° 48' 14.5"

 

Check out this "Fun-tastic Family Guide to the Midlands Meander" on the TravelGround blog: 

www.travelground.com/blog/family-guide-midlands-meander