Top accommodation in the KZN Midlands

There is a fantastic choice of accommodation in the KZN Midlands, most of which are set in locations of great beauty.  We at Home Food and Travel have sought out a variety of options to add to this list including self-catering, bed and breakfast, hotel accommodation.

The KZN Midlands is world famous for its Midlands Miander. The Midlands Meander stretches from just beyond Mooi River in the north, Hilton in the south, Karkloof in the east and the foothills of the Drakensberg in the west.

Durban is a mere one hour drive away and Jo’burg, via the N3, is four and a half hour drive.  The fresh air and incredible natural beauty means that life is lived at a gentler pace and visitors to the area will find the tension and stress associated with fast city living drain away

There are a collection of arranged routes that make it esier for visitors to explore the region.  Apart from the outstanding accommodation there are, to quote the Midlands Meander website, “also conference and wedding facilities, fascinating local events, fabulous cuisine and restaurants, revitalising outdoor activities and over-the-top adventure sports, historic landmarks, wildlife conservation, and best of all “shop-till-you-drop” unique arts and crafts.”

Below is a selection of places to stay that we at Home Food and Travel recommend.

iNsingizi Game Lodge

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It was a beautiful warm and clear spring day when a group of us drove out to iNsingizi Game Lodge & Spa. The views of the countryside in the Natal midlands were spectacular.

As we neared our destination, we felt that unmistakeable peace and stillness that only comes from being in the bushveld. So, we were already relaxed and looking forward to a morning of pampering. 

On arrival, we were warmly welcomed by Jenna with a glass of Champagne and then were led off to change into gowns and slippers, in one of the chalets.  

These lovely private en-suite rooms with their own decks are set amongst the bush.  Read more…

For more information, call 083 414 1932, email, or visit  Click here to make an online booking.

Umzolozolo Private Safari Lodge

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Afro-chic is how you would describe Umzolozolo Safari Lodge. With its contemporary and tasteful décor, beautiful thatched architecture and horizon pool overlooking the Nambiti Private Game Reserve, this establishment certainly offers a unique experience for safari enthusiasts.

Umzolozolo is situated in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve, which is in the heart of the Kwa Zulu Natal Midlands, just four hours from Johannesburg, 2.5 hours from Durban and 40 minutes from the Drakensberg.

The lodge offers an unrivalled safari experience with the opportunity to view Africa’s Big 5, including the cheetah and is the perfect destination for safaris, romantic, group and family holidays as well as small weddings and honeymoons.

Experienced and enthusiastic game rangers will accompany you on game drives in open topped 4×4 game viewers, tracking the Big 5 and sharing their vast knowledge of the surrounding wildlife.  Read more…

To make a booking, call 031 579 3870 or visit today.  Find them on Google Maps here.

Malachite Manor

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Malachite Manor is situated in one of my favourite parts of the country, the Southern Drakensberg. As a student at the University of KZN I belonged to the Mountain Club and spent many wonderful weekends in this beautiful region.

No matter what the season, the Drakensberg is stunning. In summer the mountains and valleys seem to radiate life and everything, from the grass to the trees is emerald green. In autumn the blaze of colour is simply magnificent and in winter I loved the fresh, crisp mornings and the snow covered peaks.

I have long believed that family owned businesses, particularly restaurants and guest houses, are better than their more business like contemporaries.

Malachite Manor proves my point. Built by Michael, Carrin and Ryan Pieterse, this guest house has an attention to detail that only passion and love can produce.  Read more…

Call 087 057 1250 or email Find out more here.  Locate them here.  Make an online booking here.

Antbear Lodge

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The Drakensberg Mountains are simply magnificent.  The clean air, fantastic views, souring peaks, green summers and white winters make this a great getaway destination.

Each area of the Drakensberg , from the Eastern Cape, through KZN and into Mpumalanga, has something different to offer.

Antbear Lodge, near Giants Castle in KZN, offers something particularly different – luxury accommodation inside a cave! The cave is cozy and comfortable and has a Jacuzzi spa bath, lounge with fire place and even has rock art on the walls.  The wonderfully designed glass doors open onto a veranda with its hammock chairs.

Owners, Andrew and Conny, say, “Antbear Lodge is one of those smaller, owner run establishments. Sustainability and responsible tourism are a huge part of the ethos of our lodge. We try to do just about everything ourselves. It starts with our alternative structures and ends with the cheese on your breakfast table.”

Apart from the luxury cave accommodation, Antbear Lodge also offers Mountain View suites as well as more affordable private garden suites. The Mountain View Suites include a lounge, a large bedroom with king or queen size beds, en-suite bathrooms with jacuzzi spa baths and a veranda with spectacular views.

Antbear Lodge also offers a private dining experience where they prepare a table on the deck of your cave or suite and you dine by candlelight under the stars.

For more information visit or call 076 441 2362 or email  To make an online booking, click here.  To find them on google Maps, click here.

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Actually, Home Food and Travel offers a lot more than just reviews of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.  We also visit great destinations, receive advice from interior designers and stop to smell the roses and taste the coffee.

Our team of journalists are seasoned travels and love visiting the myriad of exciting places around South Africa.  Whether it is off the beaten track or in the heart of the top attractions of the country, we’ll be there,

Home Food and Travel advice on finding the right accommodation

So what is the right accommodation?  Well more often than not, it’s your travel budget that dictates the type of accommodation that you choose. 

Expensive is not always better.  Our team at Home Food and Travel will tell you that they have camped in areas with limited ablutions and had a wonderful holiday.  They have also spent a night in a five star hotel only to be disappointed because their expectations exceeded the experience.

The reason for your travels will also affect your choice.  A business trip requires different amenities to a beach holiday. 

Our articles, reviews and experiences can certainly help you make your decision.

Restaurants with a good mix of service, food and ambiance

To my mind a great restaurant offers three things – excellent service, great food and a wonderful ambiance.  Of these, service is the most important. 

No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

We’ve eaten in restaurants that are really dirty but with incredible food and couldn’t help but give a rave review.  We’ve also hardly noticed what we ate because the setting was just amazing.

However, the best restaurants come with the best of service, food and ambiance.

Spas are the ultimate relaxation aid

How do you know when you have had a great spa experience?  The answer, of course, is when you doze off on the treatment table. 

Well that’s our theory anyway.  It also doesn’t take a grand location with enormous facilities for a spa to be really good

A small, personal spa that is owner run can result in the best massage you have ever experienced.  However, the grand spas in five star hotels offer unsurpassed facilities in an environment that just makes the stress in your shoulders and neck melt away before you even finish checking in.


You don’t have to be an adrenaline junky to enjoy an exciting experience.  In fact, what are commonly termed adventure activities usually have incredibly high safety standards and unblemished safety records.

Ziplining, bungy jumping and shark cage diving are all very safe.  It’s just that our mind tells us we are craaazzzzyyyy to be doing this.

On the road to great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities

If you’re driving, be safe and make use of all the wonderful farm stalls that populate South Africa’s open roads.

If you overhear somebody asking a lot of questions or see someone taking photos of empty bedrooms chances are it’s one of our Home Food and Travel team members.

We’re out looking or those great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.

See you on the road!


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