Top 10 Midlands Meander Attractions in KwaZulu-Natal

Guaranteed to take your breath away, the Midlands Meander is one of South Africa's most tourism famous routes.

In the heart of KwaZulu-Natal, the Midlands Meander is a collection of arranged routes that offer visitors outstanding hospitality and accommodation, fabulous cuisine, exciting outdoor activities and adventure sports, historic landmarks, wildlife conservation, and unique arts and crafts.

If you're travelling to KZN, hire a car from First Car Rental and take some time to stop and enjoy the attractions.

Here is First Car Rental's pick of the best things to see and do.

  • Karkloof Canopy Tour

    1. Karkloof Canopy Tour

    Located just outside Howick, in the Karkloof Nature Reserve, this is a one-of-a-kind eco-experience. The Karkloof Canopy Tour takes visitors gliding from tree to through the second-largest indigenous forest in the country.

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  • Drakensberg Mountains

    2. The Drakensberg

    Considered one of South Africa's most dramatic landscapes, the Drakensberg mountain range covers over 240 000 hectares of KwaZulu-Natal's landscape and is a must-see destination for avid nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers and hikers.

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  • Nelson Mandela Capture Site

    3. Nelson Mandela Capture Site

    The Nelson Mandela Capture Site just outside of Howick commemorates the arrest of the former South African President in 1962, while the onsite museum portrays Madiba's life and his role in the transformation of South Africa.

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  • Abingdon Wine Estate

    4. Abingdon Wine Estate

    Just when it is thought the Western Cape was the only place in South Africa with wine farms, Abingdon Wine Estate in the Midlands offers a wine tasting experience completely unique to the countryside of KwaZulu-Natal.

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  • Chocolate Heaven

    5. Chocolate Heaven

    When travelling through the Midlands, and the sweet tooth kicks in, Chocolate Heaven should be the next stop on the journey. The shop offers the finest imported Belgian chocolates, with over 40 delicious combinations.

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  • Nottingham Road Brewing Co

    6. Nottingham Road Brewing Company

    Nestled in the heart of the Midlands Meander, the Nottingham Road Brewing Company is a thriving independent brewery has long been delighting locals and visitors with a range of naturally brewed ales and lagers.

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  • Karkloof Farmers' Market

    7. Karkloof Farmers' Market

    The Karkloof Farmers' Market is a unique indoor Market with a wide array of stalls offering everything from fresh fruit and vegetables sourced from local farmers and producers in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands to fresh home-baked treats and organic products.

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  • Howick Falls

    8. Howick Falls

    At 95 metres high, the Howick Falls on the Umgeni River is one of the 10 tallest waterfalls in South Africa. Known by the Zulus as KwaNogqaza, 'Place of the Tall One', the falls are regarded with grave superstition, and said to be the place of the spirits of ancestors.

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  • Swissland Cheese

    9. Swissland Cheese

    Established in 1992, Swissland Cheese is an established, unique working farm where visitors can enjoy handmade, artisanal cheeses, as well as spectacular views and hand-selected picnic baskets.

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  • Checkpoint 103 Activity Hub

    10. Checkpoint 103 Activity Hub

    Checkpoint 103 Activity Hub is where the hassle-free, fun happens. With everything from bubble soccer to go-carting and paintball, Checkpoint 103 in the KZN Midlands is the perfect entertainment venue for the whole family.

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