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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
DAY 5 – GIANT’S CASTLE/WATERFORD
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.

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).

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 (033 330 7636 – S29° 28′ 35.7″. . . E30° 13′ 09.1″).

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 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:

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.

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:

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

Child-friendly places to stay:

DAY 4 – LIDGETTON 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.

Checkpoint 103 Activity Hub in the KZN Midlands is the perfect entertainment venue for some active fun with family and friends of all ages. (079 320 1770 – S29° 25′ 22.4″. . . E30° 05′ 48.8″)

Be astonished and delighted watching Barbara create tiny works of art from venetian glass at the flame torch or why not try it yourself by taking a two hour “taster” lesson. (082 573 3919 – S29° 28′ 49.6″. . . E30° 10′ 36.6″)

The making, designing and tuning of wind chimes is more of a hobby for the owners of Culamoya chimes, Frik and Lola. (083 627 6195 – S29° 27′ 08.4″. . . E30° 04′ 44.4″)

Other child-friendly places to eat in this area are:

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 Buffelsbosch Equestrian (083 434 2421 – S29° 26′ 51.3″. . . E30° 05′ 28.9″)

The Junction 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 area:

Child-friendly places to stay in the Lidgetton/Balgowan area:

Child-friendly places to stay in the area:

DAY 5 – GIANT’S CASTLE/WATERFORD – 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. 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″) Waterford Manor (073 260 7423 – S29° 17′ 33.2″. . . E29° 58′ 50.1″).

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:

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″

   
Pottery & Ceramics 
•    Aladdin’s-de-Light 033 266 6460 – S29° 21′ 34.2″. . . E29° 59′ 37.1″
•    Dragonfire Beads 082 573 3919 – S29° 28′ 34.8″. . . E 30°10′ 29.6″
   
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″
   
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″
   
Horse/pony rides & trails 
•    Buffelsbosch Equestrian 083 434 2421 – S29° 26′ 51.2″ . . . E30° 05′ 28.9″
•    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 
•    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″
•    Nuts about Books 033 330 2492 – S29° 28′ 56.2″. . . E30° 14′ 00.3″
   
Walks and trails 
•    Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve 033 330 3941 – S29° 28′ 31.5″. . . E30° 14′ 21.4″
•    Piggly Wiggly 033 234 2911 – S29° 27′ 29.9″. . . E30° 08′ 08.6″
•    Brahman Hills 033 266 6965 – S29° 18′ 56.8″. . . E30° 03′ 06.4″
   
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″
•    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″
•    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″
•    Rawdons Hotel 033 266 6044 – S29° 22′ 29.1″. . . E30° 00′ 40.1″
•    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″
•    Yellowwood Café 033 330 2461 – S29° 28′ 42.1″. . . E30° 14′ 13.7″
•    The Farmer’s Daughter 033 330 2658 – S29° 28′ 52.5″. . . E30° 14′ 04.0″
•    29 Degrees 033 263 2758 – S29° 09′ 40.4″. . . E29° 55′ 34.6″
•    The Midlands Kitchen 033 266 7046 – S29° 19′ 01.6″. . . E30° 02′ 59.1″
•    The Wine Cellar 033 267 7044 – S29° 17′ 47.8″. . . E29° 58′ 44.8″
•    Brahman Hills 033 266 6965 – S29° 18′ 56.8″. . . E30° 03′ 06.4″
•    Piggly Wiggly 033 234 2911 – S29° 27′ 29.9″. . . E30° 08′ 08.6″
•    Taste of Thai 033 343 1234 – S29° 33′ 37.2″. . . E30° 18′ 03.5″
•    Taste of Thai 033 343 1234 – S29° 33′ 37.2″. . . E30° 18′ 03.5″
•    Sue Tarr’s Summerhouse 033 343 1448 – S29° 34′ 10.1″. . . E30° 16′ 59.5″
   
   
   *(Saturday morning 7-11am only)

Child-friendly Accommodation on the Midlands Meander:

ARUM HILL LODGE 083 604 2800 – S29° 22′ 59.5″. . . E30° 03′ 59.9″
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 033 940 0972 – S29° 29′ 50.0″. . . E29° 58′ 21.0″
CALADDI 082 886 7905 – S29° 27′ 00.1″. . . E30° 06′ 33.4″
CAVERSHAM MILL MANOR & RESTAURANT

033 234 4524 – S29° 24′ 56.4″. . . E30° 05′ 45.3″

CORRIE LYNN FARM WEDDINGS  082 828 0424 – S29° 30′ 47.2″. . . E30° 06′ 45.0″
CRYSTAL BARN 071 364 0173 – S29° 26′ 13.7″. . . E29° 55′ 25.2″
DUNNING 033 320 1250 – S29° 31′ 45.5″. . . E30° 13′ 17.0″
FERN HILL HOTEL/TRAINING COLLEGE 033 330 5071 – S29° 29′ 05.2″. . . E30° 11′ 21.5″
GIANT’S CASTLE RESORT 036 353 3718 – S29° 13′ 06.8″. . . E29° 33′ 27.4″
GRANNY MOUSE COUNTRY HOUSE 033 234 4071 – S29° 25′ 26.5″. . . E30° 05′ 25.3″
HARROW HILL 082 554 3678 – S29° 28′ 46.8″. . . E30° 12′ 58.8″
HARTFORD HOUSE 033 263 2713 – S29° 13′ 13.6″. . . E29° 56′ 13.3″

HAWKLEE COUNTRY HOUSE

033 007 0549 – S29° 26′ 19.6″. . . E29° 56′ 10.4″
INVERSANDA FARM COTTAGES 082 772 1621 – S29° 32′ 03.6″. . . E30° 03′ 13.1″
JOLO GUEST FARM 083 459 9040 – S29° 18′ 39.5″. . . E29° 58′ 19.2″
LASTINGHAM 033 234 4400 – S29° 26′ 11.3″. . . E30° 06′ 54.5″
LEMONWOOD COTTAGES  082 052 6072 – S29° 23′ 10.1″. . . E30° 03′ 12.8″
LIONS RIVER COTTAGES 082 488 0209 – S29° 26′ 04.4″. . . E30° 08′ 50.2″
LORDS OF THE MANOR 033 263 2377 – S29° 09′ 37.7″. . . E29° 55′ 20.7″
LYTHWOOD LODGE  033 234 4666 – S29° 26′ 45.3″. . . E30° 03′ 08.7″
LOXLEY HOUSE 033 266 6362 – S29° 21′ 11.3″. . . E29° 59′ 04.6″
MENDOLA LYTHWOOD LODGE 033 234 4666 – S29° 26′ 19.1″. . . E30° 03′ 12.5″
MIDLANDS FOREST LODGE  033 940 0145 – S29° 23′ 31.0″. . . E30° 04′ 54.0″
MIDLANDS SADDLE & TROUT 033 263 2758 – S29° 09′ 41.2″. . . E29° 55′ 34.5″
MIDMAR RESORT  033 330 2067 – S29° 29′ 27.8″. . . E30° 11′ 37.8″
MILLGATE COTTAGE 083 289 7696 – S29° 24′ 47.9″. . . E30° 04′ 57.1″
OLD HALLIWELL COUNTRY INN  033 330 2602 – S29° 22′ 92.6″. . . E30° 10′ 59.1″
OLD KILGOBBIN FARM COTTAGES  086 662 2327 – S29° 28′ 25.2″. . . E30° 03′ 34.3″
OTTERS DEN SELF-CATERING 082 972 5537 – S29° 26′ 25.7″. . . E29° 56′ 12.7″
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″
ROCKWOOD 031 502 4043 – S29° 18′ 03.0″. . . E30° 13′ 40.0″
SANLEE 072 088 3300 – S29° 32′ 20.1″. . . E30° 04′ 43.3″
SATORI 082 551 7402 – S29° 32′ 33.9″. . . E29° 55′ 24.6″
SIERRA FAMILY RESORT 033 263 1073 – S29° 09′ 16.1″. . . E30° 06′ 41.5″
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 LODGE @ CURRYS POST 083 378 7100 – S29° 21′ 24.7″. . . E30° 07′ 43.7″
THE HILTON BUSH LODGE 033 004 0033 – S29° 32′ 16.2″. . . E30° 17′ 56.1″
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″
TOAD HALL COTTAGES 033 234 4558 – S29° 25′ 23.2″. . . E30° 07′ 21.3″
BRAHMAN HILLS 033 266 6965 – S29° 18′ 56.8″. . . E30° 03′ 06.4″
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″