Wander Randomly at Midlands Meander
The KwaZulu Natal Midlands is a place where you can indulge, dream and discover in the midst of the gentle hills and friendly people. The Midlands Meander route is situated within the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, between Pietermaritzburg and the majestic Drakensberg mountain range.
The Midlands Meander started in 1983 by several craftspeople that lived in the area. They decided to work together to create an arts and crafts route. Today the Midlands Meander is a popular stop over for tourists. The route stretches for about 80km’s, with more than 160 places to shop, play, eat, drink and sleep.
Typically you’ll find pottery, woodcrafts, weavers, leather products, various artists, cheese makers, beer brewers, box makers, and so much more! While exploring the range of craft shops, you’ll be spoiled with the breathtaking views of the Drakensberg Mountains and picturesque landscapes of the surrounding villages.
The sparkling waters of the Midmar Dam offers water sport enthusiasts a range of activities such as windsurfing, boating, canoeing, sailing and much more.
As you might know by now, the KwaZulu Natal Midlands boasts the largest concentration of battlefields in South Africa. It attracts thousands of tourists each year. The Battlefields Route within the Midlands Meander Route is one of the most popular routes amongst history lovers.
The Midlands Meander therefore caters not only for the shopper in the family. The route offers sights and monuments which will give you a glimpse into the history of South Africa. One of the most fascinating monuments which are a definite must see, is The Goodman Household monument, as well as the commemoration wall where old President Nelson Mandela was arrested.
When you’re in the Midlands Meander, be sure to take it slow and discover all the routes it offers in your own time. The word “meander” means “to wander at random”, so do just that!