Being so centrally positioned, we are the ideal stepping-off point to the other major attractions of the province. Stay at a comfortable resort in the city, and take a morning or a day drive to visit some of the fascinating places that surround us. If you prefer, a tour can be arranged.

The Midlands Amble KZN

The Amble kicks off from the city. Pick up a copy of the Amble brochure to learn about all the attractions of this route. Try bass fishing, game viewing or bird watching at Albert Falls Dam, visit the Falls, enjoy German hospitality at Wartburg or ‘amble’ through rolling sugar cane fields and forestry to the edge of the escarpment at the Kop. The view into the Tugela Valley is amazing.

The Midlands Meander
Perhaps the most popular arts and crafts route in the country, the Midlands Meander has attracted some of the finest crafters around. Experience warm country hospitality, discover quaint cottage furnishings and unique galleries. Admire the works of talented artists and delight at your beautifully hand-crafted acquisition. Enjoy the taste of a local brew or indulge in the temptingly rich home bakes. Be inspired by the rare and the wonderful or simply find peace in nature’s beautiful country. Experience the country at its best.
The Boston Bulwer Beat
An easy drive, ideal for those looking for a tranquil open countryside, the Boston Bulwer Beat is great for waling, hiking, mountain biking, rafting or fly fishing. Pick up a brochure and explore the rolling green hills, lakes and rivers. Try hang gliding off Bulwer Mountain, regarded as one of the best sites for this sport in the country, and then visit one of the many colourful pubs in the little town.
This area caters for very differing interests, from the wild bushveld of the stunning Umkomaas Valley, great for adventure sport and wildlife, to the pretty village charm of the Byrne Valley, with its restaurants, crafters and pub. Try rhino spotting at the Tala Game Reserve or strawberry picking near Eston.
The Drakensberg
The Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park is no more than two hours drive from the city. This is the place for hiking, horse riding, helicopter flips, rafting or simply enjoying the incredible mountain views. Visit the Champagne Valley in the Centrak Berg for craft shopping at Thokosiza or the Sani Saunter for pubs, unusualshops and the incredible drive up the Sani Pass. Giants Castle is worth a visit for the San paintings, the San Museum and a chance to see eland or the mighty bearded vulture. There are short and spectacular day walks wherever you go.
The Beach
You can be on the beach in less than an hour. Safe, sandy swimming beached with sharks nets, shops, restaurants and a warm sub-tropical climate are all part of the scene, whether you choose North Coast or South Coast. Try whale and dolphin watching from a boat.
The Battlefields
Relive history with a visit to one or more of the battlesites from the three major wats that were fought on out soil. Evocative sites such as Spionkop, Ladyusmith, Majuba, Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift are only a day’s outing away. Take a tour from the city or drive yourself. You might even treat yourself to compelling story telling from one of the many battlefield guides that take you through the terrible experiences of war.
Getting there is no problem. Motorways and good roads link the city with all major centres. Try some of the back roads which can be full of interesting surprises. If you don’t fancy driving yourself, tour buses and minibuses area available as well as airlinks to major centres from Pietermaritzburg Airport.
The Midlands Amble KZN
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