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The Ultimate Travel Calendar: Guide To The Best Places For Every Month Of The Year!
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The Ultimate Travel Calendar: Guide To The Best Places For Every Month Of The Year!

South Africa presents so many choices to the visitor that it is hard to know just when to do what, and so we've made it easier for you by compiling a list of best places to be month by month. Here is the Ultimate Travel Calendar: Your Guide to the Best Plac...
10 Superb Scenic Drives in South Africa
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10 Superb Scenic Drives in South Africa

Narrowing scenic drives in South Africa down to ten is not easy. Just the mountain passes in each of the provinces would leave you speechless for months (the Swartberg, Sani and Bainskloof passes in particular). And so we've selected a number of longer rout...
10 Natural Attractions In The Natal Midlands
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10 Natural Attractions In The Natal Midlands

As the name suggests the Midlands lie in the middle of KwaZulu Natal, in that part of the province that lies beyond Pietermaritzburg but before the Drakensberg Mountains. Much of this area is now popularised by the Midlands Meander - a self-drive arts, craf...
Top Ten Natural Attractions in KwaZulu Natal
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in KwaZulu Natal

The coastal province of KwaZulu Natal has just about everything – historical battlefields, architecture and memorials, first world shopping malls, Victorian-cottage shabby-chic suburban living, tribal settlements in rural areas, towering basalt mountains, warm...
8 Fabulous Self-Drive Routes in KwaZulu-Natal – Making Travel Easy
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8 Fabulous Self-Drive Routes in KwaZulu-Natal – Making Travel Easy

There is no better way to get a feel for a place than from the seat of your car, the open road before you; nothing to do, nowhere to be but exactly where you are, exploring and appreciating the scene as it unfolds before you. The scenic beauty and rich hist...
The ultimate checklist: Remote places to stay to survive Christmas
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The ultimate checklist: Remote places to stay to survive Christmas

A friend of mine recently emailed with a request. She needed a remote hideaway for her family, who want to escape the Christmas festivities; get away from it all to reconnect with what really matters – nature, their children and stillness. And it is only fa...
Sapore in Nottingham Road
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Sapore in Nottingham Road

As mentioned in a previous blog, we spent the Woman’s Day long weekend in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands town of Nottingham Road. We were guests of a wedding at Bellwood and with the service taking place at 14h00 but dinner to only be served about five hours later...
A Visit to the Minerva Museum and Private Nature Reserve
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A Visit to the Minerva Museum and Private Nature Reserve

Many of you might, like me, not know very much about the Minerva Museum and Private Nature Reserve or for that matter have even heard of them. To put you in the picture, the museum is a Natural Heritage Site and is part of the private nature reserve at the ver...
The Eaves Restaurant At Granny Mouse Country House
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The Eaves Restaurant At Granny Mouse Country House

Known for its award-winning menu and fine dining, The Eaves restaurant at Granny Mouse Country House in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands is indeed a fantastic restaurant as I discovered when I visited the establishment for lunch recently. Situated a little way off t...
10 Top Things To Do In The Natal Midlands
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10 Top Things To Do In The Natal Midlands

The Natal Midlands conjure up a picture of green undulating hills, clean air, country villages, pubs, a collection of artists, waterfalls, forests and the foothills of the Drakensberg. And indeed, if you add to this some of the greatest birding spots, super...
I Love Rosetta Because …
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I Love Rosetta Because …

Hi, I’m John Wetton from Jolo Guest Farm in Rosetta in the Natal Midlands, KwaZulu Natal. ROSETTA IS BEST KNOWN FOR peace, tranquillity, a real village atmosphere having no 21st century  commercialism. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Blueberry Hill for magnifi...
I Love Mooi River Because …
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I Love Mooi River Because …

Hi, I’m Arlene Arnold from Wild Berry Guest Farm in Mooi River. Originally called Lawrenceville, the town of Mooi River nestles in a valley some 1401m above sea level.  The Zulus called the river “Mpofana” or “place of the eland”, while the Dutch named it “...
Rawdon’s Restaurant – Good old fashioned service and hospitality in the Midlands
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Rawdon’s Restaurant – Good old fashioned service and hospitality in the Midlands

Situated in the heart of the Midlands Meander and only a five minute drive from the N3 highway is Rawdon’s Estate, probably one of the oldest hospitality establishments on the Midlands. The first thing that struck me about Rawdon’s was its unique, old world ch...
Gunthers – A little piece of Switzerland in the Midlands
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Gunthers – A little piece of Switzerland in the Midlands

I’ve never been to Switzerland, but I got the chance to experience just a taste of what that might be like when I visited Gunthers on the Midlands Meander recently. Gunther’s is not really a restaurant in the traditional sense, serving only light meals of Germ...
La Popote Restaurant in Hilton – a little oasis of peace and tranquillity in the Midlands
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La Popote Restaurant in Hilton – a little oasis of peace and tranquillity in the Midlands

The quaint little village of Hilton in the Natal Midlands is a pleasure to visit no matter what time of the year. The crisp, clean air is always refreshing and with a number of quality eateries to choose from, you are almost always guaranteed to find the perfe...