The tail end of summer is that time of year that people will pass through the famed Midlands Meander just for the scenery. It rolling green hills with a hint of the golden autumn that approching. But the Midlands Meander is way more than beautiful scenery. This is one of South Africa’s most treasured tourist attractions. The Midlands Meander represents a collective meeting place and market place for artists, potters, sculptors, painters, and craftspeople who are inspired by nature’s beauty and have chosen to settle in one of the country’s most beautiful regions. You’ll find numerous art studios open along the Meander – it’s not called the “arts and crafts route” for nothing. There is great variety in the kind of studios you’ll come across – from leather tanners, to candle dippers, to glass cutters, furniture makers, kite suppliers, quilters, hammock weavers, piano tuners, and many, many more.
There are lots of eating and drinking places. From Sue Tarr’s Summerhouse, Fern Hill Hotel, Yellowwood Café, Karkloof Farmers’ Market, Tumble Downs Restaurant, and Gunthers, to Bierfassl, the Truth Café, Nutmeg Bistro, Corner Post Bar and Dining Room, and Picklepot Café – these are just some of the eclectically-named places that will have your mouth watering for the true taste of the Natal Midlands. And there are some interesting attractions like the Bushman rock art at Kamberg Nature Reserve, the Karkloof Canopy Tour and the cheese tasting, wine tasting, coffee roastery, golf courses and fly fishing opportunities.
The Midlands Meander is famous for its wedding venues and there is a heap of accommodation options too. So include the Midlands Meander in your next getaway.