About the Midlands Meander
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’.
Since 1985, the Meander has grown to more than 150 members and offers a greater variety, but still has the same quality of offerings. While the Meander is still known for its superb handcrafted goods and fine arts, it has experienced the most growth in the accommodation, wedding and conferencing sectors – providing offerings from good value for money to four-star luxury. It is famous for its Midlands hospitality, with great food, crackling fires and pampering spas. The days of sedentary holidays have gone – many of today’s Meander visitors enjoy a wide range of adventures and activities here – to see more, click here
In line with international tourism trends, the Midlands Meander has seen the increase in demand for experiential tourism. The Meander has always excelled in “slow tourism”, where the emphasis is on the experience of the Meander community: the beautiful countryside and the welcoming Midlands folk. We are finding that people come to the Meander to escape the malls and the rushed city life: to immerse themselves in the country experience – seeking the authentic, the genuine.
While the Meander is the ideal quick break on that drive to Durban, we welcome the tourist who has chosen the slower, the experiential way, who wants to go down the Dargle, Fort Nottingham, Rosetta or Curry’s Post Roads, visit a studio or workshop of some of the finest craftspeople in the world, to meet with them, to talk to the artist or the leatherworker who has made a unique and original item that is priceless and can never be duplicated.
In the Midlands, life is lived at a gentler pace, we take time to chat to strangers in the trading store and we grow our own vegetables. You may see us out on an early morning horse ride. On your visit, explore the forests and farmlands and the small villages inhabited by interesting characters. Gather inspiration and original art from world-class artists, crafters, enjoy gracious hospitality, savour new flavours and celebrate memorable moments.