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Giants Castle - Arts and Crafts

The Midlands Meander includes Giants Castle as part of the best arts and craft route in South Africa

midlands meanderThe Midlands Meander is an arts and crafts route through the Natal Midlands and Drakensberg, joining art and craft outlets located in this region. Today there is a network of roads that link over 60 artists and crafters resinging in this beautiful part of South Africa.

Expect all four seasons in a day! The Drakensberg and Natal Midlands is known for its cool mists that are burnt away by our warm South African sun in summer, and at the enslaught of spring that also goes well into summer - spectacular thunderstorms come rolling in from the berg and bring us greener grass. It's autumn leaves that remind you to get out during the day-light hours. It is this season that is enjoyed the most by our more romantic guests who explore the region and pack as many activities and places of interest they can possibly frequent between dawn and dusk and snuggle up at night when the temperatures start dropping in preparation for the winter.

midlands meander crafterThere is ice still hanging on the fence when the sun rises and on occasion snow blankets the then brown pastures and trees. Winter is a time to make time for each other and the family, enjoy the warmth of friendship, fireplaces, good wine, fantastic venues, and finally have an excuse to turn up the heat! Originating with the arrival of the first settlers in the early 1800's the area boasts many wonderful homes and barns, an attraction to lovers of architecture. As you tour the Midlands Meander you will also notice that this area is home to a number of the country's most famous schools.

The route is also filled with various activities, from the thrilling Karkloof Canopy Tours, exhilirating horse riding, golf, fishing, awesome hiking, historical rock art, spas, to inspiring township tours, cheese tasting, wine tasting and chocklate dipping. There are so many scenic spots to visit and things to do, yet simply enjoying the sights and sounds, not doing anything but relaxing and allowing nature to restore your soul and mind is enough reason to make time to stay here...

antbear Guest HouseThe Midlands Meander has also grown to offer much more than Arts and Crafts, but also now boasts a vast number of top-class hospitality establishments. Converted from classic old farmhouses or outbuildings, they cater for the full spectrum of guests' needs, ranging from luxury to rustic. Partake of fine dining, informal cuisine, or simply self-cater. The choice is yours.

The geographic boundaries of the Midlands Meander extend from Hilton in the south to Giants Castle in the north and span from the Dargle Valley in the west to Curry's Post & the Karkloof in the east. An hour's drive from Durban and less than five hours from Johannesburg, the Midlands Meander is within easy reach. All the tours are easily accessible from the N3 and all fly-offs are clearly marked with the Midlands Meander signage.

midlands meander butterflyThe Midlands is predominantly summer grassland with indigenous semi-evergreen yellowwood forests in protected habitats. Commercial timber growing has dramatically increased pine and gum forest plantations. The region produces nearly 50% of the farming income for the province, and boasts abundant grazing and water to support dairy farms, beef studs and a stable of top race horse breeding and training establishments.

Idealy situated accommodation options to experience the arts and crafts of the namtal midlands and Drakensberg

antbear Guest HouseAntbear Guest House - Indeed a special find. One of those places you wished you would have stayed longer where the accommodation, view, location, service and food are just perfect. This is the nearest private accommodation option near to Giants Castle and also offers one of the best deals available.

Drakensberg luxury cave lodgeDrakensberg Luxury cave lodge Experience something different and stay in the only fully catered luxury cave in the Drakensberg Mountains. And the luxury cave comes with a few special romantic options like a jacuzzi spa bath and fireplace both in the bedroom. Whats more it opens onto a deck with hammock chairs and a panoramic view not often experienced.

ardmore guest farmArdmore Guest Farm - While this guest house is a little further away in the Champagne Valley it still a great option to stay when you visit Giants Castle. Also centrally situated this guest house makes for a special few days in the Drakensberg. Ardmore is especially suited to families with units that can accommodate 6 persons.

wild berry guest farm Wild Berry Guest Farm - A simple B&B situated on the Mooi River / Giants Castle road They only provide breakfast and there are not to many good options where dinner is easily available. So cook your own dinner when you stay at Wild Berry Guest Farm