Pietermaritz-burg & Midlands
Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in KwaZulu-Natal. It was founded in 1838 and is a regionally important industrial hub.
Some of the area’s tourist attractions include; the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, City Hall, Colonial Buildings, Imperial Hotel, Comrades House and SANBI Botanical Gardens.
The Midlands is the inland area of KwaZulu-Natal, that starts outside of Pietermaritzburg and stretches east to the Drakensberg mountain range.
There are several small towns located in the Midlands, including: Howick, Merrivale, Hilton, Lions River, Dargle, Lidgetton, Balgowan, Nottingham Road, Rosetta and Mooi River.
The Midlands Meander offers several tourism routes that include accommodation, art and crafts, leisure, activities and restaurant stops. The region is also becoming known as a wine-producing region.
The Meander winds past Midmar Dam and visitors can visit some 200 arts and crafts studios, country hotels, flower farms, herb gardens, potters, weavers, leatherworkers, shoemakers and home-industry outlets.
Many parts of the Midlands Meander resemble the Northern European countryside as there are lush green pastures for cattle to graze on. Many species of European trees and bushes were planted by the English and Dutch colonizers.
There are lovely streams, rivers and waterfalls, such as the Howick, Woodhouse and Karkloof falls, and thick indigenous and commercial forests. This natural beauty is ideal for horse riding, hiking, swimming, biking, quad biking, fishing, and of course, the exciting Karkloof Canopy Tour.
The Midlands can be hot and wet in summer, while winters are cool and dry, sometimes with snow and frost.