TONY BIRKHOLTZ spends a couple of days at Waterford Manor in the Natal Midlands
Situated outside the hamlet of Rosetta, Waterford Manor has rolling lawns bordered by the Mooi River and massive oak trees providing the gardens with majestic shade. Here, you can stretch the legs and inhale crisp, fresh country air during a forest walk.
Accommodation comprises rooms and self-catering cottages for couples and families. Breakfasts offer artisan breads, fruit salad and a full English to set yourself up for the area’s activities on offer. These include canopy tours, mountain biking, downhill scooter trails, fishing and hiking in the Drakensberg around Kamberg, Highmoor and Giants Castle. The Midlands also host events such as the Midmar Mile, Mandela Marathon and MTB Race.
Country markets, goat farms producing cheese and even vineyards are ubiquitous amid a host of country venues. Music lovers and the art fraternity are also catered for and golf courses and spas nourish body and mind. Your Waterford hosts will give you a Midlands Meander guide, maps and a link to the Midlands App.
A self-drive itinerary for guests wanting to explore the highlights of Kwa Zulu Natal might include the Midlands and Drakensberg, Big 5 safari experiences, Anglo-Zulu Battlefields, the iSimangaliso World Heritage Site and excursions into pristine wilderness areas.
Guests can also book their car hire with Waterford when flying into either Durban or Pietermaritzburg. Think warm summers without the humidity of the coast and crisp, often cold winters with possible snowfalls. Next time you need a relaxed country break, you might like to consider some Midlands hospitality at Waterford Manor .