Midlands Meander

Old Halliwell Country Inn is on the well known Midlands Meander route of country craft shops and restaurants, Karkloof Nature Reserve and Canopy Tours, Midmar & Albert Falls dams, Howick & Karkloof Falls, Nelson Mandela capture site, mountain bike trails, fishing in dams & rivers, Bosch Hoek & Sakabula Golf estates, horse riding in game reserve, polo fields, stud farms & Bosch Hoek Veterinary Clinic.

Blowing Down An Old Country Road

This article as appeared in the April copy of British Airways Magazine, photography and print by Narina Exelby

All roads lead to Curry’s Post. It’s a simple fact that can be corroborated by almost anyone who has driven the
back roads of KwaZulu-Natal’s enchanting Midlands. In the farming district of Karkloof, alongside the edge of verdant pastures, the signs show: Curry’s Post,
this way. Curry’s Post, over there, point the signs near the old station in Lidgetton. Around Nottingham Road, Balgowan, Lions River and Howick, almost every T-junction in the Midlands, it seems, the signs show: Curry’s Post, that way.

So where exactly – and more specifically, what is Curry’s Post? Because if one follows the signs, one will stumble across…
well, nothing in particular. Once the wagon trail along the only route connecting Durban with Johannesburg, the Curry’s Post
Road is now a collage of patched and faded bitumen that is often dimpled with potholes. After 19km, without ever passing through a significant ‘centre’, the tar ends and Curry’s Post which you would have passed without noticing – becomes lost in a trail of dust.

But look a little deeper, because therein lies the area’s charm…

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The Capture Site

steel-sculpture-at-the-Nelson-mandela-Capture-SiteThe Capture Site marks the beginning of Nelson Mandelas long walk to freedom as the site where Madiba was captured in 1962. A unique sculpture is set into the KZN Midlands landscape. Also onsite: coffee shop for breakfast and light lunches, gift shop with exclusive merchandise, book shop and exhibition.

The Truth Cafe is based on the Truth Cafe in Johannesburg which is affiliated to the Apartheid Museum . The Truth Cafe here in Lions River is open for breakfast and lunches: 8am to 4pm

We offer a range of meals from a wonderful Full Midlands breakfast to Eggs Benedict to Madiba Chicken Malay Curry, steak,egg and chips, biltong and blue cheese lasagna and lighter items. You may eat from our menu or off our ever-changing specials board.

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Kamberg Nature Reserve

Kamberg is a delightfully attractive camp in the KZN Midlands, surrounded by trout-rich dams and river frontage, gently rolling open grassland and rocky slopes, nestled in the foothills of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage Site.

Although smaller than many of the other Drakensberg and Midlands getaways, Kamberg offers something special for the discerning visitor, with an exclusive sense of peace and quiet, and the feeling of really being away from it all. The Mooi River which flows through the reserve, adds significantly to the Kamberg experience with excellent trout fishing for keen fly-fishermen.

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Karkloof Conservation Centre

The Karkloof Conservation Centre boasts two world-class bird hides situated within the tranquility of an agricultural landscape. We are home to all three of South Africa’s crane species, which includes the Grey-Crowned Cranes, Blue Cranes and our critically endangered Wattled Crane.

The Karkloof Valley is regarded as a biodiversity hotspot and members of the Karkloof Conservancy saw the need for environmental awareness, education and eco-tourism for the public. The Karkloof Conservation Centre is one of the Conservancy’s proudest achievements and is ample proof that respect for the environment is deeply rooted in the Karkloof Valley.

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The Candle Dipping Shop

The Candle Dipping shop & Decoration, fun for the whole family! We also make candles for weddings & hospitality venues. Other childrens activities are Down 2 Earth craft kits, as well as Sandart cards and kits. This is a very popular childrens activities centre which is supervised and safe.

OPEN: 9am-4pm
CLOSED: Christmas Day


A Horse Whispering Experience for everyone!

Ever wanted to have contact with horses, but outrides seem scary? Ever wondered what it would be like to have a horse as a friend for a day? To have a horse connect with you and bring out the hidden horseman in you? Before you are even on his back? Kilgobbin Friesian Stud invites you to find that horseman within you…..come spend a morning playing with magnificent Friesian horses and learn more than just horse sense!

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