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Natal Midlands

The Natal Midlands is a tourism region of South Africa that includes the Midlands Meander, the Battlefields and the Central Drakensberg

natal midlands fly fishingThe Natal Midlands offers interesting tourism opportunities amongs a myriad of waterfalls, lakes, dams, Zulu cultural villages, game reserves and historical battle sites and dramatic mountains. The Natal Midlands have some of the most historic battle sites in South Africa. It was here that the Boer met the British and the Zulu Impis met both.

The Natal Midlands climate is pleasant most of the year; summers tend to be hot, while winters are very mild. Locations include Albert Falls Nature Reserve, Estcourt, Howick, Notingham Road, Midmar Nature Reserve and Mooi Rivier.

The Natal Midlands landscape is green and softly wavy, dominated by pastures and pine forests. Numerous rivers of crystal-clear water from the Drakensberg highlands make the Natal Midlands the South African destination of choice for anglers. Particularly popular is the almost meditative art of fly-fishing. Trout was introduced to the Natal Midlands back in 1889 by Scottish settlers.

natal midlands howick fallsThe Natal Midlands offer excellent hotels, guest houses, country lodges, restaurants and tea-gardens. The Midlands Meander route which runs mainly between Howick and Nottingham Road is a delightful shopping and browsing side-trip, including numerous antique shops, art galleries and arts and crafts studios

Accommodation in the Natal Midlands

  • The Antbear Guest House - Guesthouse accommodation in the Central Drakensberg near Giants Castle The view is perfect, the food creative and delicious and the accommodation is unique but what really makes this place is the hosts Conny and Andrew

  • Sycamore Avenue - Romantic Treehouse Accommodation in the Natal Midlands and perfectly situated for the Midlands Meander I dont know when you last rediscovered the child within for me it was my Midlands Meander stay at Sycamore Avenue

  • Hartford House - Up Market deluxe accommodation in Mooi River in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands Food is amazing.

Activities in the Natal Midlands

natal midlands view of giants castle central drakensbergAngling

The Albert Falls dam, completed in 1976, flooded the former Peatties lake area, and is now the bass fisherman’s mecca of South Africa. The Albert Falls Bass Tournament is the country’s premier inland competition and the watchword in these waters is catch and release.

Boating and Skiing

The yacht club at Albert Falls Resort allows power boats. The dam is open to the public, but boasts must be registered and possess the relevant safety equipment. Satellite Dam is the home of the Natal Bare foot Ski Club.


Prolific in the area with many resident eagles, an abundance of waterbirds and over 200 other species to view. The rare Blue Swallow is found here, and has a trail named after it. Other bird trails are being developed and the various habitats can be comfortably covered in a day’s drive.


Enthusiasts should visit the Noordsberg Club where there is a 9 hole course. Cricket and polo is also played here.

Game Viewing

On foot, in your own vehicle or in safari vehicles at various parks


These are numerous hiking trails, ranging from short walks to overnight trails.

4 x4 Trails

Are being developed. Land off the main road is private and permission should be sought before entering

Picnic Sites

Within the Nature Reserve and on the dam shore and river banks. Veldfires are dangerous and visitors are reminded it is illegal to make a fire in the area unless it is specially demarcated.