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Natal Midlands

Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal The Natal Midlands lies between the coastal areas of KwaZulu-Natal and the Drakensberg Mountain Range in the west of the province. The city of Pietermaritzburg is the gateway to the Midlands but the character of this beautiful part of South Africa is defined by rolling hills, rivers, waterfalls, dams, lakes and verdant farmlands with towering peaks forming the backdrop in the west. The world -famous Midlands Meander will take you on a picturesque journey through many charming villages and towns...

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Wild Holiday Experiences for Dingo Fans Wild Holiday Experiences for Dingo Fans

Visitors to KZN had an epic experience meeting some of the globe’s most interesting and exciting creatures up close at the many...

Something Borrowed, Something Blue! Something Borrowed, Something Blue!

The famous wedding rhyme dates back from the Old English rhyme, "Something Olde, Something New...

IInspired to grow small businesses! IInspired to grow small businesses!

When Xolani, who taught himself carpentry through YouTube, comes to the workshop every day to produce a furniture piece...

Fidzani Nduna – balancing societal needs Fidzani Nduna – balancing societal needs

Not getting a job is not the end of life. It is possible to create jobs by starting a business, believes co-founder...

GRranny Mouse welcome executive Chef Lebo GRranny Mouse welcome executive Chef Lebo

"I believe in organic ingredients, as well as using the best local produce"...

Touch Wood – Launch was a Success! Touch Wood – Launch was a Success!

The class of 21/22 SASOPS Furnlab graduates with SASOPSBIZ...

High in the sky! High in the sky!

There is a misconception that if you want to get into stargazing and see anything in the night sky you have to spend...

“Picture Perfect” with Granny Mouse “Picture Perfect” with Granny Mouse

We all want to remember our memorable moments, and what better way than with our camera...

BEE curious when you go to the Midlands! BEE curious when you go to the Midlands!

South Africa is known for its rich insect diversity, one of which are bees...

Why do we plant? Why do we plant?

For starters, it goes without saying that plants provide us with food, fibre, shelter, medicine, and fuel. The basic food for all

Rock the Frock! Rock the Frock!

When it comes to picking out the best bridesmaid dresses, it can be easy to fall into the trap of those shiny, creasy-style...

Go Get yourself some ginger Go Get yourself some ginger

While the ancient root has long been touted a sick-day panacea in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, Ginger is a flowerin

Chilling over a chilli Chilling over a chilli

Durban is South Africa’s HQ when it comes to cooking with chilli, and many of us here on the East Coast can’t go a day without

Kebab or Sosatie … which is it to you? Kebab or Sosatie … which is it to you?

Generally, the basic items on a braai are the likes of boerewors and steak, but another popular favourite to braai is the kebab. A

Try your hand at tomatoes! Try your hand at tomatoes!

Tomatoes just adore warm weather, and mostly grown in summer in South Africa. They love a sunny location and well-drained soil. So

Choosing first class grass! Choosing first class grass!

South Africa is generally dry and temperatures can escalate quickly. However, every Province seems to come with its own climate,

A Rissoto to remember! A Rissoto to remember!

When discovering risotto, one needs to go to the source when rice was introduced to Sicily and Spain in the 14th century...

“Chillaxing” When Waxing! “Chillaxing” When Waxing!

There are so many methods to choose from when it comes to hair removal – they can be costly, complicated, a little painful and t

Road tripping - “It Road tripping - “It's not the destinatio

Some of the best holiday breaks happen in the form of a road trip. Not only can we share some guidelines with you, more importantl

Create A Bouquet To Make Her Day! Create A Bouquet To Make Her Day!

We all know the cliché for February – love is in the air. It’s a time when most men break out into a sweat (and that’s no

Cox continues the family’s motorsports’ Cox continues the family’s motorsports’

Competing for BAS World KTM Racing on his KTM-450 motorcycle, the Cato Ridge (KZN) resident started the rally strongly...

Dingo’s Farm and Reptile Park Dingo’s Farm and Reptile Park

Dingo’s Farm and Reptile Park comes to Piggly Wiggly. It’s time to start planning the holiday fun and first on the list...

7 Deadliest Snakes to Handle 7 Deadliest Snakes to Handle

After weeks of ducking and dodging the deadly fangs of the planet’s 7 Deadliest Snakes to Handle YouTube sensation...

Dig Deep with Your Compost Bin! Dig Deep with Your Compost Bin!

Having a healthy, happy garden is one of Granny Mouse Country House & Spa’s pride and joy. And there are many ways to make tha

Packing it all In fpr the weekend Packing it all In fpr the weekend

Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is just the place to head to for a short few days to rejuvenate your soul...

Granny launches Spring Menu! Granny launches Spring Menu!

Granny’s Eaves Restaurant launches its gastronomical Spring menu! True to form as the seasons have changed, the ever-popular

Picnic at Granny Picnic at Granny's

Picnics have to be one of life’s simple pleasures – enjoying the great outdoors in the Spring sunshine while snacking on exc

Skin microbiome course introduced Skin microbiome course introduced

Skin microbiome course introduced with the launch of Esse Academy. This September, Esse Skincare will be opening its new...

From green to gold in Winter! From green to gold in Winter!

The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is an area of gently rolling hills with green farmlands, lovely rivers and streams, and indigenous and

A “Scoop” on our granny A “Scoop” on our granny's soup!

Soup winners from around the world and of course right here at home - Soup is one of those super versatile and hearty foods that y

Win a getaway for 10 Win a getaway for 10

How does a weekend getaway to the Midlands, relaxing in a self-catering Farmhouse fit for a King and Queen, sound to you? An

Action-packed YouTube channel Action-packed YouTube channel

South African conservation crusader drives wildlife projects through an action-packed YouTube channel...

Keep your gardens ship shape! Keep your gardens ship shape!

Granny Mouse Country House and Spa is super proud of its beautiful country gardens – but we also know that a great deal of wor

NOTHING LIKE A “CUPPA JOES AT GRANNY’S”! NOTHING LIKE A “CUPPA JOES AT GRANNY’S”!

Not sure about you but, here at Granny Mouse Country House and Spa, we all love our cuppa Joes to kick start the glorious mornin

Plea to raise R10 million to feed Plea to raise R10 million to feed

REFCO/Gift of the Givers send out urgent plea to raise R10 million to feed starving citizens The COVID-19 pandemic has affecte

Top-notch conferencing in PMB Top-notch conferencing in PMB

Top-notch conferencing that won’t break the bank! Golden Horse Casino (), Pietermaritzburg’s favourite entertainment...

No more Mr ‘nice’ guy No more Mr ‘nice’ guy

Golden Horse Casino believes that laughter is the best medicine. And, there is no one better than Riaad Moosa to give you a laugh

The Best of Henry and Koobie The Best of Henry and Koobie

Dingaling's serve up the best laughs you will have all year! The waits is over! KZN's funniest and best-loved comedians - the Ding

Durban bridal event appoints UHM Durban bridal event appoints UHM

KZN Midlands-based PR and media communications agency, UrbanHouse Media, will once again be managing the public relations, digital

Cycle4Diabetes a special ride for Tshoko Cycle4Diabetes a special ride for Tshoko

The Cycle4Diabetes relay was a very personal journey for former national road cyclist Zanele Tshoko. The annual three-day ride

African triumph a big deal for UJ hockey African triumph a big deal for UJ hockey

University of Johannesburg hockey star Tyson Dlungwana has described his role in South Africa's triumph in the Africa Cup as the

Seyffert, Walker to tackle TransCape Seyffert, Walker to tackle TransCape

After a lengthy association with Hanco Kachelhoffer, mountain biking professional Pieter Seyffert will reveal a new partnership wh

For the love of stories: things to do in KwaZulu-Natal For the love of stories: things to do in KwaZulu-Natal

I went on a quest to root out the tradition of storytelling in KwaZulu-Natal and found these great places to visit...

Meet the Midlanders Meet the Midlanders

Who hasn't heard of the Midlands Meander in KwaZulu-Natal? We seek out a dozen members of this tourism route to show just why...

Village of Visions Village of Visions

The famously misty town of Hilton is the gateway to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and the Midlands Meander.

Best of Friends Best of Friends

Friends of Howick are the guardians of the natural assets of this quaint town in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands.

Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal

On 5 August 1962, Nelson Mandela was captured by the South African Police on the R103 about 5km outside the town of Howick ...

Pietermaritzburg Botanical Garden, Natal Midlands Pietermaritzburg Botanical Garden, Natal Midlands

Pietermaritzburg Botanical Garden was established in 1874 as a research station to test the viability of growing exotic trees ...

Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Midlands Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Midlands

Alexandra Park is the green lung of the city of Pietermaritzburg in the Natal Midlands. The park provides the perfect ...

Burger Street Jail, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Midlands Burger Street Jail, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Midlands

The Burger Street Jail was built in the middle of Pietermaritzburg in 1862 by the British to replace the original prison built...

KwaZulu-Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal KwaZulu-Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal Museum is one of only five national museums in South Africa. Situated in the city of Pietermaritzburg near the ...

Ntsikeni Nature Reserve, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal Ntsikeni Nature Reserve, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal

Ntsikeni Nature Reserve is situated in the southern area of KwaZulu-Natal about 50km north of Kokstad between the Midlands ...

Snapshots of Notties - aka Nottingham Road, Natal Midlands Snapshots of Notties - aka Nottingham Road, Natal Midlands

As the Nottingham Road Farmers' Association turns 125, Andrea Abbott visits the iconic Natal Midlands village. You might wonder...

Bulwer Paragliding and Hang Gliding, Natal Midlands Bulwer Paragliding and Hang Gliding, Natal Midlands

Bulwer is known as one of South Africa's top paragliding and hang gliding sites, attracting both local and international pilots ..

Natal Lion Park, Camperdown, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal Natal Lion Park, Camperdown, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal

The Natal Lion Park, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is a one-stop destination to see a wide selection of game and birds ...

Albert Falls  Dam and Game Reserve, Natal Midlands Albert Falls Dam and Game Reserve, Natal Midlands

The Albert Falls Dam, close to Wartburg in the Natal Midlands is a premier bass fishing destination. Water sports, birding and...

Hilton Farm Stall, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal Hilton Farm Stall, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal

The Hilton Farm Stall in the Natal Midlands is a unique and exciting shopping experience. Fresh and pickled produce and delights..

Eston Sugar Mill, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal Eston Sugar Mill, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal

The Eston sugar cane mill, in KwaZulu-Natal is known as the Illovo Sugar Mill. The mill crushes millions of tons of sugar cane...

Marutswa Forest Trail and Bird Watching, Natal Midlands Marutswa Forest Trail and Bird Watching, Natal Midlands

The Bulwer Biosphere - Marutswa Forest Trail and Bird Boardwalk in Bulwer, KwaZulu-Natal is a marvel of natural beauty and birding

Blarney Cottage, Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal, Natal Midlands Blarney Cottage, Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal, Natal Midlands

Blarney Cottage in Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal is the oldest and last surviving settlers home in the area. It was built in the 1800's.

Richmond Museum, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal Richmond Museum, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal

The Richmond Museum in KwaZulu-Natal depicts the turbulent history of those that shaped the town and Midland surrounds...

Strawberry Picking, Camperdown, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Strawberry Picking, Camperdown, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

Strawberry picking in Camperdown bursts into full swing each year between July and December offering family fun and ripe pickings.

Hilton Railway Museum, KwaZulu-Natal, Natal Midlands Hilton Railway Museum, KwaZulu-Natal, Natal Midlands

The Hilton Railway Museum situated in the Natal Midlands, allows visitors to view vintage memorabilia and station treasures...

Bosch Hoek Golf & Country Estate, Balgowan, KwaZulu-Natal Bosch Hoek Golf & Country Estate, Balgowan, KwaZulu-Natal

Situated in Balgowan in the Natal Midlands, this picturesque Golfing estate will provide a tough terrain for any scratch golfer ..

Mpophomeni Township Tours, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal Mpophomeni Township Tours, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal

Mpophomeni is a town that is rich in Zulu culture and history. They offer a unique Township Tour with traditional music and ...

Yellowwood Church , Bulwer, KwaZulu-Natal, Natal Midlands Yellowwood Church , Bulwer, KwaZulu-Natal, Natal Midlands

This historic church in Bulwer, KwaZulu-Natal was built in 1885 from hand-sewn yellowwood timber and attracts visitors from far ..

Queen Elizabeth National Park, Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal Midland Queen Elizabeth National Park, Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal Midland

The Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to a variety of buck, zebra and rock hyrax. The scenic surrounds are ideal for a picnic.

Baynesfield Estate, Richmond, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal Baynesfield Estate, Richmond, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal

Visit the beautiful Victorian house or do the 14km hiking trail with overnight accomodation on the Baynesfield Estate, Richmond.

Bird Watching, Balgowan, KwaZulu-Natal, Natal Midlands Bird Watching, Balgowan, KwaZulu-Natal, Natal Midlands

Balgowan, in the Natal Midlands, forms part of the “KwaZulu-Natal Birding Route” - a Bird Watching paradise. This route consists

Easy Rider Easy Rider

A wonderful way to discover the Natal Midlands is by mountain bike on the Midlands MTB Meander and the best thing about this ...

Mountain Biking at Rockwood Forest Lodge, Karkloof Mountain Biking at Rockwood Forest Lodge, Karkloof

This trail follows beautiful and scenic roads around the Karkloof Nature Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal...

Mountain Biking on the Groundcover Trail, Curry Mountain Biking on the Groundcover Trail, Curry's Post

This is a relaxing ride in the heart of the Midlands Meander in KwaZulu-Natal, and has plenty of great refreshment stops...

The Midlands Meander Tourist Route, KwaZulu-Natal The Midlands Meander Tourist Route, KwaZulu-Natal

The Midlands Meander is one of South Africa's premier tourist routes, set in the heart of Kwazulu-Natal...

Dirt Road Traders, Curry Dirt Road Traders, Curry's Post, Midlands Meander

Dirt Road Traders is the manufacturer of premium outdoor, safari and leisure goods in Curry's Post on the Midlands Meander route..

Chocolate Heaven, Rosetta, Midlands Meander Chocolate Heaven, Rosetta, Midlands Meander

The experience at Chocolate Heaven in Rosetta on the Midlands Meander is like no other, and is tasteful fun for the whole family.

Viva Voce, Nottingham Road, Midlands Meander Viva Voce, Nottingham Road, Midlands Meander

Michael John Mawdsley Jnr. is one of South Africa's most celebrated bronze sculptors and has a real heart for South Africa...

Astrid Dahl, Nottingham Road, Midlands Meander Astrid Dahl, Nottingham Road, Midlands Meander

Astrid Dahl is one of KwaZulu-Natal's most celebrated artists, famed for her astonishingly beautiful works of clay...

Aladdins-de-Light, Nottingham Road, Midlands Meander Aladdins-de-Light, Nottingham Road, Midlands Meander

Aladdins-de-Light is a uniquely satisfying arts and crafts experience on the Midlands Meander.

Zulu Lulu Trading, Lions River, Midlands Meander Zulu Lulu Trading, Lions River, Midlands Meander

Zulu Lulu Trading in the Midlands Meander is one of the most celebrated ceramic studios in KwaZulu-Natal...

Groundcover Leather Company, Curry Groundcover Leather Company, Curry's Post, Midlands Meander

Groundcover Leather Company is a quality leather manufacturer on the Midlands Meander route...

The Weaver The Weaver's Hut, Howick, Midlands Meander

The Midlands Meander is a famed area of South Africa for its arts and crafts. The Weaver's Hut, which operates from...

Karkloof Safari Spa, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal Karkloof Safari Spa, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

Karkloof Spa in the Midlands Meander is renowned for being the most eco-friendly spa in Africa.

Kleinbosch Wine Estate, Midlands Meander, KwaZulu-Natal Kleinbosch Wine Estate, Midlands Meander, KwaZulu-Natal

Wine tasting in KwaZulu-Natal doesn't get better than Kleinbosch Wine Estate in Mount West....

Kwazulu-Natal Tours with Ron Gold, Midlands Meander Kwazulu-Natal Tours with Ron Gold, Midlands Meander

Ron Gold is an accredited tourist guide with Kwazulu-Natal tourism and has established specialised tours in the Midlands Meander.

Old Kilgrobbin Farm, Dargle Valley, Midlands Meander Old Kilgrobbin Farm, Dargle Valley, Midlands Meander

The Horseplay experience in the Kwazulu-Natal midlands is a horsewhispering experience like no other...

Cranford Country Lodge, Howick, Natal Midlands Cranford Country Lodge, Howick, Natal Midlands

Cranford Country Lodge Horse Trails is one of the premier horse trail operators in the Natal Midlands...

Kamberg Nature Reserve, Rosetta, Midlands Meander Kamberg Nature Reserve, Rosetta, Midlands Meander

The Kamberg Nature Reserve is nestled in the foothills of the Umkhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage site.

Tillietudlem Game and Trout Lodge, Boston, Midlands Meander Tillietudlem Game and Trout Lodge, Boston, Midlands Meander

Tillietudlem is a special discovery on the Midlands Meander, and a place that will certainly work its magic on you...

Rockwood, Karkloof Nature Reserve, Midlands Meander Rockwood, Karkloof Nature Reserve, Midlands Meander

Rockwood, in the Karkloof Nature Reserve, is the ideal Midlands Meander getaway...

Karkloof Canopy Tour, Midlands Meander, KwaZulu-Natal Karkloof Canopy Tour, Midlands Meander, KwaZulu-Natal

This unique eco-adventure experience takes guests on a 3hr adventure through the magnificent indigenous forest at Karkloof.

Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve, Midlands Meander Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve, Midlands Meander

The beautiful Umgeni Valley lies in the heart of the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands, created by the Umgeni River as it cascades over...

Midmar Resort, Midlands Meander, KwaZulu-Natal Midmar Resort, Midlands Meander, KwaZulu-Natal

Midmar is a beautiful dam on the Umgeni River, situated in the stunning Umgeni valley in the Midlands Meander.

The Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa The Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

The Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg dates back to 1903, and is one of the major art museums in South Africa.

Victoria Country Club, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal Victoria Country Club, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal

Victoria Country Club golf course is situated less than 5 minutes from the CBD of Pietermaritzburg in scenic parklands ...

History in a Pot History in a Pot

Zulu culture and the natural world as depicted by the Ardmore artists is a history book in clay....