Woke up with a feeling of nostalgia to travel. Today, I particularly missed being able to travel to the Natal Midlands for a weekend recharge.
I miss the picturesque landscape characterised by rolling hills, valleys, farmland, forests, winding country roads, dams and rivers. The Midlands is far removed from the frantic pace of the modern world, it was our great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Our base was always in Nottingham Road which has ample guests houses and hotels. Today has been particularly hard, another long-weekend and we are unable to travel due to the Global Pandemic (Covid-19) that has affected all our lives. For now, it will be Flash-Back Friday and grateful that I have all these memories that I get to relive and share. Below are some of my favourite spots in the Midlands, I look forward to visiting when we can travel again.
- Flamme Rouge Café – They have the best coffee😊 Service, food and experience is great. Their cake display is the devil…I usually indulge on Sundays. (I like to say Sunday are for Good Coffee and Cake).
- The Blueberry Café – Has great views of the Drakensberg mountain range, even the loos have views. The famous Blueberry Cheesecake is a must.
- Café Bloom – This is our lunch spot, we love their harvest table. The food overall is good.
From a sightseeing perspective, you can meander on the scenic routes and explore the craft markets and art studios, a visit to the Country Market Shop is a must. You can go cheese tasting at the Swissland Cheese Farm, picnic at the Midmar Dam and visit the Howick Falls.
For first-timers in the area or people who have not done the touristy activities, a visit to the Mandela Capture Site is a must.
The Natal Midlands is easy to get to for a quick weekend recharge. From Johannesburg, it’s a 4 and a half hours drive. Another option is to fly into Pietermaritzburg Airport and drive to your designed location.
We will travel again, for now all we have is our memories.