The rolling hills of the Midlands in KwaZulu-Natal is a scenic region of farmlands that lies between Pietermaritzburg and the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. With unmatched natural beauty, charming villages dotted about, and a wonderful arts and crafts route to explore, the Natal Midlands is a beautiful country retreat. Here’s our top picks on what to do in the Natal Midlands.
Karkloof Canopy Tour
The gorgeous Natal Midlands landscapes are very special, infusing their spectators with a sense of peace and awe. Appreciating this pretty countryside is recommended but doing it from the elevated ziplining tours of the Karkloof make it an absolute must. Situated in the Karkloof Nature Reserve, this is a one-of-a-kind eco-experience that is all about fun and adventure. It takes visitors gliding from tree to tree in the safety of a harness, through the second-largest indigenous forest in the country.
African Bird of Prey Sanctuary
The African Bird of Prey Sanctuary is dedicated to the conservation of indigenous raptors and is base to ongoing research, breeding and rehabilitation projects for birds of prey. The sanctuary is, however, also home to a wide selection of captive-bred or ‘non-releasable rehabilitation’ birds. These raptors can be viewed in their ‘micro-environment’ enclosures by anyone who wishes to visit and learn about South Africa’s magnificent aerial predators. The flying demonstrations are 'open air' so bring a hat, sunscreen and a jacket.
The quaint little town of Nottingham Road in KwaZulu Natal is so tiny that if you blink you might miss it. This picturesque town on the R103 features a cosy pub at the Legendary Nottingham Road Hotel. While you’re in town, visit the Nottingham Road Brewery, located on at Rawdon’s Hotel. This microbrewery has developed quite a reputation with names like Pickled Pig Porter, Whistling Weasel Pale Ale, Pye-Eyed Possum Pilsner, and Tiddly Toad Lager you may have a hard time deciding while ale to taste first. Either way, you better try them all!
Marvel at the changing and scattered scenery along the Midlands, from misty forests to grassy plains and rocky cliffs. Stop off at towns so small that if you blink you might miss them. This tranquil pocket of KwaZulu-Natal has been dubbed the Midlands Meander, and, when gliding around lush mountains and rolling farmland, it won’t take you long to see why. Experience a relaxed way of life in the Natal Midlands.
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