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Midlands Meander

At the heart of the province of KwaZulu-Natal in a beautiful landscape of rolling hills where people live at a leisurely pace, the Midlands Meander can be found. This area is known for the many artists who live and work here and open their studios to visitors. The idea originated in 1985 with only a few participating artists / artisans. Today there are more than 150 workshops, shops, small restaurants and other attractions that are part of the Meander. Take a look at the potters, weavers, painters, sculptors, candle makers and many other artisans. Looking for a unique handmade item or work of art? Here you will succeed!

The Midlands Meander is worth a visit for young and old. You will find lots of nice restaurants, but also a cheese and chocolate shop (where you can eat a delicious chocolate fondue, fun for kids). In some places, children can also make a work of art, for example, a handmade candle or soap. There are quite a few beautiful picnic spots in the area to find. A foretaste of what you can find here? Look at for an overview.

For those who want to do something active, there are plenty of options: biking, hiking, horseback riding or water sports at the Midmar Dam Nature Reserve for example. It is also a good base for visiting the Drakensberg and the Battlefield Route. When you drive the N3 between Johannesburg and Durban then you will pass the Midlands Meander, and do yourself a favour and spend a day here (or longer)! (From Johannesburg driving is about 4.5 hours and from Durban 1 hour) Seen from the north, the Midlands Meander starts at Mooi River and extends to Howick and beyond the Midmar Dam.

Accommodation in this area: The Antbear Guesthouse.

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