Kwazulu Natal

About Natal Midlands

Midlands, Kwazulu Natal

This inland area of KwaZulu-Natal, called the Midlands, lies outside of Pietermaritzburg, but just before the Drakensberg mountain range. The most remarkable feature of the Midlands is that many parts resemble the Northern European countryside.

The Midlands boasts many colonial buildings in Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas, and the Comrades Marathon is run between there and Durban.

If you like artisan foods, such as homemade cheeses, craft beers, wine, breads, smoked meats and preserves, then a trip to the Midlands is definitely for you. There are plenty of green pastures for cattle, and many species of European trees and bushes are found here, this encourages the local people in their artisan ways.

Most notably, the famous Buddhist Retreat Centre, which was voted as one the 10 best meditation retreats in the world, is found in the Midlands. It is in a natural environment and offers a variety of weekend courses as well as longer retreats.


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