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Activities In The KZN Midlands

The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands offer more variety than any other area of South Africa. Aside from its stunningly beautiful landscapes, it's a great base for exploring the Drakensberg, it has a strong connection with Nelson Mandela's exploits and has a famous statue and a museum dedicated to the great man, it has wine-tasting and local craft breweries. It's only an hour away from Durban's beaches, there are adventure and adrenaline activities aplenty, it's a haven for artists and has its own art route (as well as some of the best examples of prehistoric San rock art), the battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu and Boer wars are a stone's throw away, township tours are easily arranged and it even has a game reserve where you can wander around amongst African wildlife.

Below are some of the things backpackers can do when they visit the Midlands.

Nelson Mandela Capture Site museum

Mandela Capture Site Museum

Visit the scene of Nelson Mandela's arrest.

KZN Midlands wildlife & scenery

Umgeni Valley Game Reserve

Walk amidst African wildlife.

Backpackers doing a canopy tour through indigenous forest

Canopy Tours

A 2 hour zip-line adventure through indigenous forest.

Midlands Meander art & crafts

Arts & Crafts on the Midlands Meander

The KZN Midlands are famous as an art destination.

San Rock Art at Kamberg

San Rock Art

See some of the world's best prehistoric art.

Backpackers doing a horse trail

Horse Whispering & Trails

Through the beautiful KZN Midlands

Nottingham Road Brewery beers

Craft Beers & Wine Tasting

Sample the local products.

Skydiving for backpackers

Skydiving, Ballooning and Glider Flights

Get a completely different view of South Africa!

Paintball KZN


in indigenous forest.

Mountain Biking and Trail Running

Mountain Biking & Trail Running

The Midlands have some of SA's best trails.

Battlefields Tours

Battlefields Tours

Find out about the country's fascinating past.

Township cultural tours

Township Tours

Experience a slice of African life!

Restaurants on the Midlands Meander

Pubs & Restaurants Galore!

The Midlands Meander is a foodie's paradise.

Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg Mountains

A great base to explore the Central & Northern Berg.

Zulu culture tours

Zulu Culture Tours

Find out about the culture and history of the Zulu people.

Midmar Dam aerial view

Midmar Dam

Watersports, swimming and picnicking.

Fishing in the KZN Midlands


The Midlands are famous for angling.

Howick Falls

Howick Falls

One of South Africa's highest waterfalls.

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