Blueberry Cafe – Netherwood, Midlands
Blueberry Café is a spot in the midlands that captures everything about the midlands meander:
The beautiful backdrop of the Drakensburg mountains, the natural interior with the floating garden baskets, addictive coffee, mouth-watering food and a loo with a view like no other!
The café aims to deliver on an atmosphere to make those feel they come back for more and we hope to always make those returning that they have never left!
The Fork n Cleaver is a proud farm to fork steakhouse whereby we use our hormone-free beef with our homegrown produce to present you with the best the farm can offer. Every week we try to deliver something new on our Cut of the Day Menu so that we keep guests coming back for more! Come Hungry, Leave Satisfied.
Durban City Tour and Valley of Thousand Hills
The ideal way of getting to know ‘Surf City’! Drive along the Marine Parade, see the rickshaw pullers, the harbor, and pass Vasco da Gama clock, the University of Natal, and the Botanical Gardens. Visit the Oriental Indian Market.
Mahatma Gandhi (full day)
Visit the Old Court House Museum presenting fascinating replicas of Durban’s early settlements and artifacts relating to Mahatma Gandhi. We continue on to the Inanda Heritage Route where we visit Gandhi’s house situated at the phoenix Settlement – a somewhat spiritual experience, the rebuilt printing press building where one can view interesting memorabilia like letters, photographs and newspaper cuttings. Lunch is enjoyed at local Indian restaurants. Return late afternoon to our hotel.
Durban Township Tour (allocated times)
Drive through an African township and view life from a different perspective. Meet friendly local community members and see where they live – enjoy a hearty traditional lunch amongst the locals. This truly is a culturally enriching experience.
Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Game Drive 'Big Five"
The oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa is home to the Big Five and we spend the day game viewing, with lunch at Hilltop Camp (cash bar). After lunch we continue game viewing, returning early evening.
Sani Pass (full day)
The Sani Pass is the third highest jeep track in the world after Tibet and Chile. The Sani Pass is stunning and the views quite incredible! We meet the musicians of the heights and if we are fortunate, mountain raptors: Jackal Buzzards, Black Eagle, Cape Vulture and the rare Bearded Vulture.
San Rock Art – Bushman Paintings, Giants Castle (full day)
The stone – age rock paintings of the Khoi San of the uKhahlamba/Drakensberg (a World Heritage Site ) are considered by some to be amongst the finest in the world. The San Rock Art reflects trance/ hallucinogenic imagery, ritual depictions and numerous animals.
Shakaland Tour (¾ Day Morning or Evening)
A visit to the Kingdom of KwaZulu – Natal is not complete without a visit to Shakaland. We travel along the eastern seaboard to Shakaland and observe the pottery and beer making, Zulu dancing, customs, traditions and culture. We enjoy a traditional Zulu lunch or dinner.
Spioenkop Battlefield: Anglo Boer War (1899 – 1902) (full day)
We walk the Battlefield and relive the battle, the site is essentially untouched, just as it was during the Anglo Boer War. Spioenkop is an incredibly important and poignant battle site due to the great loss of life, terrible errors (on both sides), confusion and courage.
Traditional Healer and Midlands Meander
Meet an authentic iSangoma (mystical healer), practicing age – old treatments and cures in the Drakensberg Mountains, a World Heritage Site. This is not a cultural village but rather an authentic Zulu homestead with the locals going on about their daily lives. The iSangoma discusses Zulu culture and traditions and will take guests on a tour of the ‘muti’ (medicinal) garden.
St. Lucia (full day)
Travel North to St. Lucia for a boat trip on the estuary and view Nile crocodile, hippo and a variety of birds in a pristine environment.
St. Lucia was declared a World Heritage Site with five eco – systems.
Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift: Anglo Zulu War (1879) (full day – also available by helicopter)
We visit both battlefields. On the 11 January 1879, five British columns crossed out of the British Colony of Natal into the Kingdom of the Zulu nation under King Cetshwayo, direct descendant of the mighty King Shaka Zulu. What followed was a series of bloody, tumultuous battles that initially threw the British forces into disarray before ultimately resulting in the crushing of the proud Zulu nation, thus ending a period of regional military might spanning sixty years.
Whine tasting – Abingdon wine estate, Midlands
Abingdon Wine Estate opened its very popular tasting room overlooking the vineyard in August 2009.
We are open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays for tastings and lunch. Lunch bookings are essential - call Jane on 083 463 8503. Please see our tasting room page for updated information.
Wine tastings are run between 10.30 am-4 pm. Join the family team, Ian, Jane, Hadley and Laurie at the bar for a personalised introduction to our wines. Tastings are charged per glass (R15 - R25).
Harvest boards and tapas-style dishes are served overlooking the vineyard on beautiful sunny days, or inside in front of our three roaring fireplaces on cold Midlands days.
Drakensberg Boys Choir and Champagne Valley (Wednesdays only)
We depart for the Drakensberg mountains early morning. We enjoy a delicious lunch at Thokozisa and experience some of the interesting arts and crafts in the Centre. After lunch we attend the concert by the internationally acclaimed Drakensberg boys Choir – all aged between nine and fifteen and from various cultural back grounds. This show is only available on a Wednesday.
Valley of the Thousand Hills
(half day - morning or afternoon )
We travel via Hillcrest to the magnificent Valley of a Thousand Hills for an introduction to Zulu culture and Zulu Dancing. Visit a safari park and learn about the Nile crocodile, returning to Durban via the scenic route.
Kranzkloof Nature Reserve -Kloof
If you enjoy hiking, a 25 minutes drive from Khanyakude Bed & Breakfast in Durban North, Krantzkloof Nature reserve is not only a biodiversity treasure trove in the traditional sense of flora and fauna but it also has a rich and interesting geological story to tell to the observant visitor. The reserve is based around two spectacular gorges which rivers have cut through the layer of Natal Sandstone which forms the Kloof Plateau. The two main rivers are the Molweni and Nkutu Rivers which are tributaries of the Umgeni River, which in turn flows into the Indian Ocean at Blue Lagoon. There are several different hikes and difficulties.
Dolphin Watching – Oribi Gorge and South Coast (full day)
The coastal waters off the South Coast provide a great opportunity for marine adventures. Dolphins are common residents of the South Coast, with pods of 30 – 50 dolphins patrolling up and down just beyond the breakers. We board our boat as watch the dolphins as close as 50 meters. After this great experience we head further down the South Coast and inland to the Oribi Gorge, on of KwaZulu – Natal’s most dramatic sights. A 27km long nature reserve situated in the gorge, carved over millions of years by the Mzimkulwana.