A scenic journey of discovery through the green countryside of South Africa

Situated against the backdrop of rolling green hills and the beautiful Drakensberg mountains in the centre of KwaZulu-Natal is the Midlands Meander. Split into 5 routes, this area offers travellers from Johannesburg to Durban a perfect scenic experience. Travellers can pick from a range of exceptional dining options, in a variety of locations from trout farms to wine estates or even cosy pubs - all with the picturesque backdrop of the lush countryside. Adventure seekers can explore the Midlands by bicycle or go on the Karkloof Canopy Tour over the large indigenous forest. The Midlands Meander features numerous historical spots and offers a huge range of shops, from local farmers markets, to quaint stores, to cooperatives that uplift the local community through beautiful and functional art.


Visit the Karkloof Farmers Market and explore the variety of stalls.
Grab lunch and go wine tasting at Highgate Wine Estate.
Explore the working farm at Midlands Saddle and Trout on horseback.
Check out the different emerging artists at Lions River Trading Post.
Go on the Zulu Mpophomeni Tourism Experience and visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site.
Take a relaxation retreat at the Healing Earth Spa, located at Brahman Hills.

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Best time to go to Midlands Meander

Located in KwaZulu-Natal, the Midlands Meander shares the province's sub-tropical climate, which is marked by hot, humid summers. During the winter months, from June to August, visitors can expect a cooler and drier climate. So, the best time to visit is from April to September, when temperatures are moderate with mostly clear skies and sunny days.

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