I think it is about time to truly relax and take it slow. One of the best places to travel to is the midlands in Kwazulu-Natal. Here you will find a true holiday experience. A group of businesses and accommodation establishments have come together to offer a first class tourist route.

Take your time and visit the local artists and crafters, enjoy the mouth-watering cuisine and take part in all the adventure activities available. Enjoy the local wildlife; learn about the local landmarks and of course there are plenty of interesting shops to spend your money in.

Adventure activities Canopy Tours in Karkloof: Through an Indigenous forest of giant trees and beautiful ferns, waterfalls and streams, a definite must do adventure that the whole family can enjoy. The platforms have been situated in the forest canopy, so you have an expansive view of the surrounding forest.

Is bird watching your hobby? Then this is one place where you won’t be disappointed with a wide variety of bird species to see.

Safety is number one on the list so relax and enjoy the view as you glide along a steel cable from platform to platform. There are 12 platforms and you will slide along 10 zip-lines, the whole adventure lasts about 2 hours.

Contact: Canopy Tours | 033 3303415 Horse Riding: Take a ride on horseback and explore the rolling hills and beautiful countryside of the Midlands. Buffelsboch Farm located in the Lidgetton Valley, offer riders of all levels and opportunity to experience this exciting activity. 1 hour or 2 hour rides are available.

Want more adventure? Try their half day ride, which includes sundowners and snacks. Lidgetton offers accommodation options from guesthouses, hotels, lodges and self-catering units. You can choose Lythwood Lodge, Penny Lane Guest House and Blesberg Farm to name a few.

Arts and Crafts in the Midlands Want to have a genuine country experience? This is an opportunity for you to visit and even meet some of the best craftsmen and women in South Africa. You can find anything from beads, weaving and pottery to stained glass and candle dipping. I’m sure something can be found for all tastes.

Wildlife Experience In the Midlands you can find an abundance of game and birdlife. There are a few Luxury Game Lodges and Reserves on the Meander Route. Travel to the Kwazulu -Natal Midlands to find some of the best game viewing, bird watching and outdoor activities.

ZuluWaters Game Reserve The reserve is a malaria free private retreat that offers a unique Wildlife Experience. They offer everything from fishing, pigeon shooting, game drives and guided walks through the nearby caves that showcase the rock art of the ancient San people. They offer three different accommodation options, Shaka Lodge, Nandi House and Lake Cottage. The site offers superb service and a much needed hide away from a busy city life. Wake up to bird song and Buffalo so close you can almost touch it.

Contact: 036 352 0100

Giant’s Castle Mountain Reserve The Giant’s Castle Reserve can be found in the Central Berg Region of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park. A world heritage site offering superb views, a great draw for all the mountain climbers and hikers.

The area is full of history and you can visit the Main caves Museum and learn all about the life of the San People. You can also visit the large Sandstone castle and view the prehistoric San Rock Art. This cave is one of the biggest rock painted areas in South Africa.

The reserve also boasts a number of wildlife including, baboons, Mountain Reebuck, caracal and Bearded Vultures.

The accommodation available in the Giant’s castle Reserve is mainly self-catering offering 2 bedroom and 6 bedroom chalets. The Izimbali Restaurant offers guests wonderful meals and a relaxed environment in which to enjoy their food.

Contact: 036 353 3718 (Resort)

A few other Lodges and Resorts: The Windmills Resort: 033 266 6965 Tillietudlem Game and Trout Lodge: 033 234 9045 Rockwood karkloof Lodge: 084 602 9207 Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve: 033 330 3931 Midmar resort: 033 845 1999 (Head Office)

There are plenty of activities and things to do along the Meander, Fishing, birding and hiking. The Midlands meander offers spectacular views from mountaintops to lush forests. Enjoy the beauty and rich culture of the region. The Midlands Meander is definitely a place that has many wonderful experiences and places for you to discover.