The Midlands Meander is the route, running between Pietermaritzburg and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Mountain Range, which is a World Heritage Site, and is famous for these sorts of spots, selling local produce and emphasizing the experience of the Meander community: the beautiful countryside and the welcoming Midlands.
STAY AT BRAHMAN HILLS
The mix of the neutral tones and natural textures gave the modern, recently refurbished venue a beautiful rustic elegance, with the corrugated iron playing off the raw elements of stone and wood. Waking up to the mist rolling in over The Midlands is the perfect start to the day. Sit on your deck, with a hot cup of tea in hand and drink in the vistas one last time before heading back to reality, feeling revitalized and refreshed.
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INDULGE AT FLORENTINES BELGIAN CHOCOLATE SHOP
Three girls on a road trip – it was inevitable that we would stumble upon the hand-made, luxury Belgian chocolate and waffle shop the our Midlands Meander. Set just 17 minutes away from the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Florentine’s Belgian Chocolate Shop is a hit with travelers making their way to the sculpture.
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EAT AT THE MIDLANDS KITCHEN
15 New kitchens with 135 new flavours. And all just off the beaten track in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. The Midlands Kitchen is set to be the hub of cuisine in Nottingham Road, and THE foodie destination on the famous Midlands Meander. There’s definitely going to be something for everyone there – from the vegan restaurant, Artichoke – to a freshly pressed juice bar called Juice Brew. And right off the highway. It’s a concept like I’ve never heard of before – and I love it!
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SNACK AT LINGA LAPA
Us three girls on our road trip in up to KwaZulu-Natal Midlands happened to find the Linga Lapa Restaurant, Butcher and Deli just after we turned off towards our accommodation for the evening. Starving, we picked up a few deli treats to take back to our cottage to enjoy on our beautiful balcony at Brahman Hills, which happened to be just over the road. All in all, it was a beautiful, spontaneous think-on-our-feet meal – which we enjoyed in one of the most beautiful venues on the Midlands Meander.
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LEARN AT THE NELSON MANDELA CAPTURE SITE
If you have ever heard anything about South Africa, you’re bound to know who Nelson Mandela is. And hopefully then, you know a little bit about him and his history in our country. Just off R103 on the Midlands Meander, the Nelson Mandela Capture Site marks one of the most historically important moments in the struggle against Apartheid South Africa. The interactive sculpture project, a collaboration between artists Marco Cianfanelli and Jeremy Rose, is a profile image of Madiba, consists of 50 steel columns can be found at the end of a path – the ‘Long Walk to Freedom’.