Tourism, Accommodation and Historical Attractions in Natal, South Africa
The Midlands Region
Welcome to the Natal Midlands
The Natal Midlands: Introduction
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Between the subtropical coastal forests and the basalt fortress of the Drakensberg mountains lies the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands.
Rolling hills, misty mornings, sparkling streams and shady thickets characterize this lovely area. At an altitude of around 3500ft, temperature variation is greater than that at the coast and the low humidity creates a more comfortable environment in the summer.
Plantations of sugar cane adjacent to the coastal areas give way to eucalyptus and wattle (acacia) as the altitude increases. Both beef and dairy cattle farming and market gardening are principal industries here. This, also is trout fishing country and apart from streams and rivers, many dams have been stocked with trout.
At the centre of the Midlands is Pietermaritzburg, the historic provincial capital of KwaZulu-Natal, established by the Voortrekkers after defeating the Zulus at the battle of Blood River in 1838. The city is noted for the many beautiful Victorian buildings built from the red clay of the area.
One of the most popular ways of spending a relaxing Sunday morning is the Midlands Meander, a collection of over a hundred arts and crafts outlets and assorted eateries tucked away amongst the hills and hamlets of the Midlands.