Jackie, Adrian, Kurt and myself spent a weekend in the Midlands in January.
The journey there was a little different than usual, we took Jackie’s bakkie there which had all our stuff loaded on
the back – this seemed like the greatest idea at the time until we got caught in the middle of a storm, had to pull over at the Pavilion and put everything in black
bags (classy, I know – we like to travel in style.)
We only got to the midlands around 7pm… It was time for wine and we realised that things could only get better from there! Needless to say, they sure did.
The Midlands, as always was such a treat with activities and sights for the whole family. Here’s what we got up to and what I seriously recommended for the next time you visit the magnificent Midlands.
1. Stay at Kamberg Valley Hideaway
The Midlands is filled with plenty options for accommodation but I think we found a winner!
We stayed in a beautiful self-catering cottage at Kamberg Valley Hideaway with so many activities around the accommodation that we wondered if there was any point in leaving the area at all.
The nearest town is Nottingham Road on the Midlands Meander which is 35kms away so it helps if you are prepared with supplies for your stay to avoid travelling back and forth. The kitchen was equipped with an electric oven and stove, microwave, fridge/freezer and cutlery and crockery. If we had stayed a little longer I would have loved to have done a Master Chef type thing each night where somebody cooked a spectacular meal and at the end of the holiday, a winner was chosen for the best evening!
2. Braai in the mountains
As a South African, this may be a silly thing to suggest, I may as well be telling you to brush your teeth, but, if you don’t take the opportunity to have a proper braai in the Midlands while the sun is dipping behind the Mkhomazi Wilderness Area, you are missing out. The Kamberg Valley Hideaway had immaculate braai facilities. The sound of abundant birdlife in the area and serenity surrounded us in the evening while the fire crackled, the laughs echoed off the mountains and nighttime started to fall slowly.
3. Visit a cheese farm
We got super lucky with our accommodation, there was so much to do around the area! There was a cheese farm right next door to Kamberg Valley Hideaway
which we visited for a day and were taught a little bit more about cheese, the manufacturing process and how to taste it (jk. No one needs to teach me how to eat cheese.)
We were also lucky enough to taste some yoghurt – it was absolutely incredible and best of all, all their dairy products are sourced from their own resident cows.
4. Go chocolate tasting at Chocolate Heaven
Guys, Chocolate Heaven is literally exactly that. There was a variety of different chocolates – white, dark, milk, nutty, plain and all hand crafted! We enjoyed the fondue the most and the dipping items were out of this world!We are trying to teach Adrian how to get food into his mouth rather than all over himself, but I guess that’s why this was such fun!
They were extremely kid friendly; the service was amazing and the atmosphere was incredible. Chocolate Heaven is located at The Junction which is filled with a bunch of other little shops to explore.
We bought toys for the kids and at the time I felt that buying 1000-piece puzzle was a grand idea. (We finished it though. There’s proof!)
5. Stop at the Piggly Wiggly
The Piggly Wiggly is a one-stop-shop for a day filled with stuff to do for everyone. There are a few restaurants and great wine! We Joined the boys on a steam train ride in the garden (no wine was involved here, promise) and after that Mark and Johan played some Mini Golf while us girls went shopping.
6. Hike in the mountains
One of the perks of staying at the beautiful Kamberg Valley Hideaway is the scenery and all the adventures you can go on in the area. On Saturday, the men went hiking and wandering around.
You don’t even need to travel too far to enjoy a leisurely hike because the Kamberg Valley Hideaway is conveniently located next to 3 Drakensberg Nature Reserves which include the Kamberg Nature Reserve which is about 11kms away, the Highmoor Nature Reserve which is about 6kms away and Giants Castle Nature Reserve which is about 30kms away Some of the reserves have historical rock art that is a definite must!
7. Visit Linga Lapa
On Sunday morning, we had one last stop at Linga Lapa for an amazing lunch before heading home. Close to the N3 freeway, it was the perfect way to end another wonderful, memorable trip in the Midlands.
With so much to do in the Midlands, we truly enjoyed our stay (as usual.) These are only a few of the things to do in the Midlands and I love each trip there because we always come back with new stories to tell
What have you done in the Midlands that is an absolute must for anyone else?