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Why a meander through the Midlands is a must-do for holidaymakers

by Tania Griffin
A man fishing at a river

Heading down to the KwaZulu-Natal coast for a holiday this festive season? If you’re travelling from the Free State or Gauteng, why not consider breaking up your journey with a meander through the Midlands? You won’t regret it!

A convenient two-hour drive from Durban and a leisurely four-and-a-half hours along the N3 from Johannesburg (even quicker for those arriving from Bloemfontein), the Midlands not only offers a refreshing break but myriad activities and so many opportunities to make magical lasting memories with friends and family.

Shaun Lamont, managing director of First Group Hotels and Resorts, is confident that once you’ve experienced it, you’re going to want to stay for longer than just a day and will undoubtedly want to return.

He cites 5 reasons you should meander through the Midlands this festive season:

1. Magnificent scenery: The Midlands boasts green rolling hills, stretches of farmland, secret waterfalls and beautiful dams. From Rietvlei and Curry’s Post to Dargle Valley and Fort Nottingham, you’ll find 80 kilometres of unspoilt, natural beauty.

2. Culinary delight: For the foodies, the Midlands is a true culinary delight. Tantalise your taste buds with the finest food that KZN has to offer. From quaint farm stalls offering fresh produce to world-class restaurants serving fine dining dishes, this is a ‘foodie’ journey that will leave you craving for more.

3. Craft beer and gin: Discover the Midlands’ vibrant craft beer and gin scene. Enjoy local brews and spirits made with passion and remarkable craftsmanship.

4. Adventure awaits: The Midlands is not just a treat for the eyes and taste buds; it’s a hub of activities waiting to be explored. Take your pick from an array of activities that will thrill the whole family: from archery, chocolate dipping, go-karting, canopy tours or horse-riding to candle dipping, fishing or canoeing. Whether you enjoy an adrenaline rush or a serene escape, the Midlands has it all.

5. Relax and unwind: Indulge in ultimate relaxation at one of the Midlands’ exquisite spas. La Vita Spa at the Midlands Saddle & Trout, for example, offers a serene sanctuary paired with beautiful chalets and stunning views at excellent rates. It’s the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate before continuing on your journey.

Lamont regards the Midlands, with its beauty and diverse offerings, as a hidden gem and one of South Africa’s best-kept secrets. “This festive season, make the Midlands a part of your road trip plans and experience the magic that lies between the journey and the destination.”

If you’re looking for accommodation in the Midlands this festive season, consider the Midlands Saddle & Trout with its rustic country luxury.

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