The Midlands Meander is just north of Pietermaritzburg and extends to the base of the Drakensberg Mountains. This stunning stretch is about 80km’s long and brimming with amazing sights, sounds and activities. No wonder thousands of people traverse the Midlands Meander each year.
Originating with the arrival of the first settlers in the early 1800’s the area boasts many wonderful homes and barns, an attraction to lovers of architecture. As you tour the Midlands Meander you will also notice that this area is home to a number of the country’s most famous schools. The Midlands Meander has also grown to offer much more than Arts and Crafts, but also now boasts a vast number of top-class hospitality establishments. Converted from classic old farmhouses or outbuildings, they cater for the full spectrum of guests’ needs, ranging from luxury to rustic. Partake of fine dining, informal cuisine, or simply self-cater.
In 1985 local artists, potters and weavers decided to join forces to create an arts and crafts route. Soon enough, six studios were opened nd the Midlands Meander was born. It is also known as the ‘arts and crafts route’. From humble beginnings, the Midlands Meander has grown to more than 160 places to eat, drink, sleep, shop and play as well as a diverse and fascinating mix of arts and crafts.
There are weavers, potters, woodcrafters, leather workers, artists, metalworkers, box makers, herb growers, cheese makers, beer brewers and so much more. There is very little time to be bored with the array of activities and things to see. These villages are also set in picturesque landscapes offering magnificent views. There is so much to explore in the Midlands Meander. From the vastness of shimmering waters of the Midmar Dam to the looming but breath taking Drakensberg Mountains, from quiet villages to an array of craft shops, there is just so much to see and do!
There are a vast amount of fantastic restaurants with a diversity of mouth-watering munchies to choose from. Time goes so much slower in this part of the country. Interestingly, the word ‘meander’ means ‘to wander at random’. So take your time, relax and enjoy aimlessly wondering along the winding paths of the beautiful Midlands Meander Route in South Africa. It promises to be a truly unforgettable time.
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