Midlands Meander Self-drive Tour
Duration: 4 nights self-drive tour
Price from: £245pp
Day 1 Durban/Balgowan: Collect your hire car and commence your journey through South Africa's Midlands, a beautiful region with scenery bordering on the sublime. Along the way to Balgowan, a recommended stopping off point includes the tribute by artist Marco Cianfanelli to Nelson Mandela. This fascinating sculpture, located near Howick, is comprised of 50 steel poles which, when lined up, form a portrait of Mandela. Additional places en route include Piggly Wiggly Country Village and Karkloof Farmer's market (Saturday mornings).
Day 2 Balgowan: At leisure to explore the surrounding area. Close by are Swissland Cheese, where you can enjoy a picnic, and Ardmore Ceramic Art where a variety of products are on display. Other sights include Midmar Dam, where many different outdoor activities are offered; Howick Falls, where the view from the top is inspiring; and Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve, which is home to giraffe, zebra and several species of antelope.
Day 3 Balgowan: If you're not content to simply relax at the hotel, you may consider visiting The Wine Cellar; Nottingham Road Brewing Company; Chocolate Heaven or perhaps head to Cathin Peak for the Drakensberg Canopy Tour and the chance to view the forest as you slide through the canopy.
Day 4 Balgowan/Nottingham Road: Travel to your hotel in Nottingham Road at the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg. Here, you can take a gentle walk around the grounds, or enjoy a treatment at the internationally acclaimed spa. Alternatively, within the area you can take a dip in the rock pools in Kamberg Nature Reserve; view the region from above by taking a hot air balloon ride or perhaps enjoy a round of golf at Gowrie Farm.
Day 5 Hluhluwe/Durban: It's time to bid farewell to the rolling grasslands of the Midlands and return your car in Durban, where your tour concludes with your onward journey.
Accommodation: Granny Mouse Country House, Balgowan; Fordoun Hotel & Spa, Nottingham Road.
Tour price: The price shown for this self-drive tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 5 days group B car hire and accommodation as specified. International flights are not included.