KwaZulu – Natal Midlands Meander

2017
Tour No : 
5
Start Date : 
Saturday, March 25, 2017
End Date: 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Duration: 
5 Days
Per Person Sharing: 
R12300
Single Supplement : 
R2800
Booking: 
Cancelled

Taking in the spectacular country scenery of rolling hills and waterfalls, the Midlands is the largest art and craft tourism area in SA and so a special attraction of this tour is being able to stop off at any of the many arts and crafts studios along the way.  All of these attractions make up the quaint kind of country living offered by the Midlands.

 

Day 1 :  07h00: Distance for the day 273 km

Travel from Johannesburg on the N3 route to the Natal Midlands. We will stop for coffee and breakfast on route.  Enjoy a visit to - The Junction complex for some shopping (candle dipping Shop, Chocolate Heaven) and The Ugly Duckling shop – carpets, handicrafts, throws, clothing, artefacts.

Visit Marakesh Cheese Farm Marrakesh cheese – taste cow’s milk cheeses

Overnight and dinner at The Bend Country House

 

Day 2: 09h00: Distance for the day 50km

After breakfast we explore the Karkloof Conservation centre and spend some time in one of the bird hides. The Karkloof Conservation Centre is located at the entrance to Gartmore Farm, with the Karkloof Range of Hills and the largely unspoilt natural bush that adorns it as the backdrop. A rich diversity of birdlife abounds on the farm where agriculture is practised in harmony with birds, antelope and an abundance of frog and insect life. The fertile farmland in KwaZulu-Natal boasts numerous oxbow lakes, with the flood plains of the Yarrow and Karkloof rivers, which creates ideal habitat for waterfowl and all three species of Crane which are regularly seen here.

Some of the things to do/see/taste and experience:

Wine cellar – enjoy wine, cheese, deli products. Potstill brandies, coffee beans and imported beers - lunch

Faraway tree – fairies, gnomes, wind spirals

Mooi Loft – home decorator. Bedlinen, duvets, pillow inners, lamps, wall hangings –

Art by cindy powell – oil paintings Café bloom – lunch

Country Company – recycled items, furniture, clothing

Overnight, dinner at The Bend Country House

 

Day 3: 09h00: Distance for the day 40km

Nelson Mandela Capture site

This powerful memorial marks the place where Nelson Mandela, was captured on August 5, 1962. He had been on the run for 17 months and his capture marked the beginning of his 27 years in captivity. A small museum exhibits old photographs and traces Madiba’s political path through the years. The sculpture is truly amazing! As you walk nearer and nearer to the sculpture, Mandela’s face appears from the jagged steel rods. Artist, Marco Cianfanelli designed the rods so that each of the 50 rods line up to create the illusion of a flat image, the face of South Africa’s beloved, Nelson Mandela.

We book into our Guesthouse for the next 2 nights.

 

Some of the things to do/see/taste/experience

Swissland  Cheese – picnic (lunch)

Piggly Wiggly – 

Groundcover leather company

Lilac crane – metal works

Overnight and dinner at Hawklee Country House

 

Day 4: 09h00: Distance for the day 40 km

After breakfast we visit the Howick waterfall and Dragonfire Beads and café

Stop over at Howick Museum

Lunch at Dragonfire Beads and café

Some of the things to do/see/taste/experience

Peel’s Honey Shop

Groundcover leather company

Lilac crane – metal works

Overnight and dinner at Hawklee Country House

 

Day 5: 09h00: Distance for the day 292 km

After breakfast we start back to Johannesburg

Lunch on route

Arrive in Johannesburg late afternoon

 

Included:

Accommodation

Breakfast

Dinner

Tourist guide fee

Entrance fees

Vehicle

Fuel

Tollfees

 

Excluded:

Drinks                                     Lunch                                     Gratuities                               Laundry

Telephone calls                    Curios                                     Personal items