Detailed Self-drive Adventure Travel Route Books from Southern Africa - by Craig Marshall
South Africa | Namibia | Botswana | Victoria Falls
KZN, Drakensberg, Eastern Cape Highlands & Southern Lesotho. ROUTE 2
Midlands Meander & Drakensberg Adventure | 40% Gravel | 8 Days | 640km | Loop
Moderate - 40% asphalt road for all drivers and riders who prefer to travel on tarred road surfaces with easy to moderate gravel roads. Suitable for 4x4, 2x4, Adventure Motorcycles, SUV & Cars with suitable tyres for gravel roads.
Night 1 & 2. Nottingham Road Hotel, Nottingham Road
R103 Old Main Road, Nottingham Road
Tel : +27 (0)33 266 6151, +27 61 024 5105
Established in the mid 1800s as a staging post between Ladysmith and Pietermaritzburg it boasts the oldest pub in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Notties Hotel is a landmark in the picturesque KZN Midlands.
This quaint Hotel is filled with history and is renowned for its festive atmosphere, fine fare and warm Hospitality. The Nottingham Road Hotel offers 14 cosy en-suite rooms with DSTV and Tea & Coffee making facilities.
Our venue caters for up to 120 guests for weddings and/or functions with a private bar and dance floor. We also provide an excellent and convenient conference facility.
Night 3. Glengarry Holiday Farm, Kamberg
1 Highmoor Rd, Kamberg, 3301
Tel: +27 (0)33 2677 225, 082 8677 620
Whether you are looking for an action packed holiday of outdoor activity or simply to relax in rustic tranquillity, Glengarry Holiday Farm offers a spectacular Berg experience for friends and family.
Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains and overlooking the Little Mooi River, Glengarry is a nature lover’s paradise and a sports enthusiast’s playground. We invite you to enjoy the magic of Glengarry… it is good for the soul!
Night 4. Swallowfield Rondavels, Self-Catering Chalets
Swallowfield, R600, Cathkin Valley
Tel: +27 (0)82 925 5508
SELF-CATERING COTTAGES (FEATHERS AND SPADES): Swallowfield offers two beautifully appointed self-catering rondavels. Moreover, both of these have en-suite bathrooms, kitchenette counters and dining room tables. In addition, they have dedicated braai areas. Coupled with beautiful views of some of the core peaks of the Central Drakensberg.
These include Sterkhorn, Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle. In addition, it is situated directly adjacent to the Drakensberg Boys Choir.
COTTAGE: Swallowfield also has a three-bedroom cottage – Swallowfield Cottage. This cottage has a large lounge and dining room. Furthermore, it has a fireplace. In addition, it has a well-equipped kitchen and laundry. It has a separate toilet and a bathroom. Finally, Swallowfield Cottage has a large patio area. Swallowfield is located on the R600 some 32km from Winterton and opposite the Drakensberg Boys Choir and the Dragons Peaks Resort.
Night 5 & 6. Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge (Up Market)
R74, Bergville, 3354
Tel: +27 (0)82 855 9767
Midway between Johannesburg and Durban on an idyllic piece of land, encircled by awe-inspiring mountains you will find Amphitheatre Backpackers. The lodge takes its name from “The Amphitheatre," the most famous geographic feature of the Northern Drakensberg, South Africa. The Amphitheatre is widely regarded as one of the most impressive cliffs on earth. The lodge looks directly onto its facade and on a clear day, after the rains, the Tugela Falls can be seen as it plunges 1km down the ancient rock face.
The grasslands are populated with buck, small mammals and an abundance of birdlife that thrive in the dams, river and wetlands. It is not just the natural beauty that has people talking, the architecture is also fantastic. Unique dwellings are crafted from stone and thatch, with stained glass, mosaics, metal and wooden carvings. Some rooms are located in converted grain silos, using solar energy to heat the water and the entire place is surrounded by beautiful indigenous rockeries. Join us in the restaurant for delicious meals made cooked up from ingredients grown in our organic veggie patch.
The Drakensberg is the premier hiking destination in South Africa and the Northern Drakensberg is regarded by many as the most dramatic section of all, with access to the highest country in the world, "Lesotho," the biggest indigenous forest in the berg, the largest consolidation of rock art in the world and the highest waterfall on the planet.
Night 7. Midlands Saddle and Trout Resort
152 Hidcote Road, Hidcote, Mooi River
Tel: +27 33 263 2758 / +27 83 495 5074
Of all the places to stay in the midlands, First Group Midlands Saddle & Trout offers rustic country luxury for the discerning traveller or holidaymaker searching for affordable, quality accommodation options.
The Midlands Saddle & Trout Resort, situated near the gorgeous Mooi River, is the ideal destination for self-catering holidays, offering comfort, great cuisine, a wellness centre and the famed Midlands hospitality.
With entertainment facilities the peer of all Midlands hotels both on and off the resort, Midlands Saddle & Trout is ideal for those looking to relax in the countryside. Explore the Midlands Meander to enjoy all the exhilarating activities on offer, ranging from canopy tours to horse-riding and candle dipping, and much more.
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Night 8. Greenlands B&B Guest House
15 Hosking Rd, Athlone, Pietermaritzburg
Tel: +27 (0)33 342 6233
Greenlands is situated in a tranquil, bird-filled garden on the cooler, northern side of Pietermaritzburg, in one of the older, up-market suburbs of the city.
Only a stone's throw from the city centre and very convenient to the freeway, shopping malls, private schools and hospitals and only 3 km from the renowned red brick city hall, the Royal Show Grounds and the Liberty Midlands Mall.
Greenlands is the perfect choice for business or pleasure visits to our city.
The rooms are tastefully decorated and well equipped for your every need.
Relax at the pool, while enjoying the view over the city.
A delicious South African Breakfast is served as early as 7.00am if needed, a Continental breakfast from 6.30 or a picnic breakfast or lunch is prepared on request for very early departures.
BCSA Route Book Full Series:
1. Garden Route & Route 62
2. Cederberg & Karoo
3. West Coast, Richtersveld & Namaqualand
4. KZN, Drakensberg, Eastern Cape Highlands & Southern Lesotho
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