The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands its Midlands Meander set this gorgeous and gentle part of South Africa apart from the rest. The Natal Midlands has been made famous by the quaint little towns, friendly farm-folk and exquisite landscapes. Nottingham Road is the heart of the Midlands Meander in an area has some of the best restaurants, stalls, hiking trails, souvenirs and antiques stores in South Africa. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is about Nottingham Road that is so appealing and maybe its just that it seems to have a slower pulse. Perhaps it is the various side streets and somewhat convoluted road system that is the hiding place of enchanting nurseries and decadent spas. Or its the numerous restaurants, coffee shops and pubs are also tucked away, and offer everything from famous award-winning coffees, chocolates and blueberry smoothies to locally brewed beer and the famous pizzas at the legendary Notties Hotel.
Between mealtimes you can browse the assortment of shops offering anything from antiques and mohair blankets to homemade candles and chocolates. Mountain biking, horse riding and hiking are just some of the other options, or simply take a drive — explore the nearby Kamberg towards the Drakensberg mountain range and seek out the best bushman rock art paintings in South Africa. The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands are always worth revisiting. It may just be that the locals make Nottingham Road so welcoming, from the waiter at the pub, or the bed and breakfast owners, to the mechanic at the local garage.
But what is clear is that Nottingham Road is worth a visit if you pass though the Natal Midlands. Actually its areason to make the Midlands your next holiday destination.