Midlands Meander

Things to do in the Midlands meander

Sun over Midlands Meander

Midlands meander map

Imagine an idyllic piece of Paradise in the Midlands of KwaZulu Natal Midlands. You will find yourself in green pastures, emerald forests and surrounded by endless rolling green hills. This beautiful soul enriched part of paradise, lies between Gauteng and the Natal South Coast in the Midlands of KwaZulu Natal. Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, no matter what time you visit, this place will take your breath away and enrich your inner being. Firstly in autumn, you are surrounded by Trees and bushes with Colourful leaves that range from different golden browns, earthly oranges, blazing reds and a variety of greens. In Winter you might be lucky and find yourself in snow-capped hills. 

For Nature Lovers 

A spectacular variety of birds call the Midlands Meander home, therefore, Nature conservancies provide habitat for diverse breeds of birds and unique fauna & flora.  Here you will find many Nature walks and many walking trails.

For the Adventurous

If you’re looking for an Adrenaline rush, you have come to the right place.  Right in the Midlands, you will find a variety of Adrenaline filled activities.  You can Abseil down beautiful Cliffs, go River rafting on the Umgeni river, Zip lining, go-karting or take part in a variety of water sport on the Umgeni river.  Horse lovers, novices or experienced riders, can go horse riding. At Crab Apple, you can even go on a Horse Carriage. Take part on a Mountain bike trails or pack a Picnic basket and go Fishing. In fact, there is something for everyone. Book a Karkloof Canopy Tour, go canoeing and you can even go water skiing.



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Midlands meander shops

Craft shops, Leather shops, Piggly Wiggly Coffee shop, Nuts about books & toys and Midlands Country market and Arts is just a tip of what you can expect.

Tsonga Leather shoes and bags made in Africa

Browse through their collections of luxuriously soft, genuine leather shoes, handbags and accessories made locally. I am a proud owner of a few pairs of Tsonga shoes and I am telling you, it is comfortable and beautifully made.

Groundcover Leather Company

Groundcover offers a big range of locally made items. You will have to see it to believe it. Beautiful travel bags and surely a variety of items. I am proud to say I bought a lovely black handbag and a few belts from Groundcover Leather Company. Their travel bags is to dream of.

Miguel's Leather bags, Rucksacks, and Belts

They stock a wide unique range of leather bags, rucksacks, and travel bags and they also run the well known Midlands Meander shop on the popular Craft route.

Johnson Bros Furniture

They are one of the many proud furniture manufacturers in the area and have beautifully locally made furniture. You could get their items from Karkloof.

Midlands meander things to do

Wandering around the Craft shops, buy sweets, ice cream or gifts at one of a variety of the cozy shops. From Leather shops selling locally made items, shoes, a variety of bags and other leather items. Strolling around Craft shops selling all kinds of crafts and unusual gifts, just buying with your eyes.  Midlands Meander is home to many Farmers, therefore, you will find many Cheese farms selling a variety of dairy products and other delicatessens.  Here you can have a Picnic under the trees enjoying a variety of snacks, cheeses and fresh produce from the farm.  They even provide the blankets and picnic baskets. Visit some of the many Waterfalls, strolling along on a Lavender- or Coffee farm, tasting different variety of Coffee brands, freshly brewed. Relax and eat at one of the many charming restaurants.

Restaurants and Coffee shops

There is so many to choose from and I will only name a few without respect to any of the others.

Piggly Wiggly

Their outlet is at Piggly Wiggly but they also have a shop at the Hilton Village. They offer original handcrafted leather products and a variety of other items.

The Community

The Midlands Meander Community consists of generous, warm and friendly people, committed to the well-being of its neighbors.  Hospitality isn’t a catchphrase in the Midlands, it is a way of life.

Midlands meander wedding venues

The Meander is also the Wedding Capital of the World with Unique Chapels and many Wedding venues.
Crab Apple Chapel is in the Dargle Valley,  20 km from Howick. The feature windows allow the warm glowing sun and natural surrounds of forest and farmlands form a glorious backdrop.  Multi-denominational, your pastor will welcome, and the chapel seats up to 138 people on church pews. The chapel is set in a picturesque garden with rolling lawns.




Aviation Pioneer monument, Howick museum, Howick falls with cafes and restaurants.  Nelson Mandela capture site museum,  Anglo Boer war memorials, Midmar dam (famous for Midmar mile.


Lidgetton, Natal Midlands

Close to Howick, in the southern parts of the central Midlands, Lidgetton is little more than a quaint trading post that today boasts something of an artists’ community,  and post office, as well as a surrounding township that has formed around Lidgetton.

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