Midlands Meander, KwaZulu Natal

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Midlands Meander: One of the first of its kind in the country, the Midlands Meander is an arts and crafts route that covers a distance of some 80 kilometres between Hilton, just north of Pietermaritzburg, and Hidcote, close to Mooi River.
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The route wends its way past the establishments of a group of artists, potters, weavers, woodcrafters, leather and metal workers, herb growers, cheese makers, beer brewers, tea gardens and pubs - providing a series of stops that allow you to enter the lives of this particularly vibrant and voluntary network of like-minded people. Add to this a huge selection of accommodation - and a pretty unique route has evolved over time.

Most of these individuals, certainly initially when the meander was in its beginning stages, were refugees from city life, who selected the meander as a way to market their wares. The group adopted as their logo the rare and ethereally beautiful Karkloof Blue, or Orachrysops Ariadne, a rare butterfly whose only known breeding colony is a tiny area in the forests in the Karkloof area, now a natural heritage site.

The beauty of this part of the world is what makes the Midlands Meander such a worthwhile visit, aside from the unique mix of over 150 places to eat, drink, sleep, shop and soak up the surrounding countryside. The changing seasons are marked here - the streams, indigenous forests, country towns and grazing cattle -a gentle foreground for the magnificence of the Drakensberg mountains that gently impose on wherever you might be.

A trip to this part of the world is downtime. Here you idle away the hours, browsing and indulging your senses, attending the odd cookery or weaving workshop, or simply relaxing at a country hotel, whilst the world continues without you.
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