The Dolphin Coast is still offering stunning winter days that are filled with sunshine and warmth. If you feel like a day spent next to a fireplace and enjoying the cold of winter, take a day trip to the Midlands Meander. This popular route is filled with cozy restaurants, unique shopping options, and fun experiences. Contact Utopia Ballito to book your North Coast holiday accommodation just a short drive from the Midlands Meander.

Here a few ideas for places to visit on your day trip to the Midlands Meander.

This hotel, restaurant, and brewery is a Midlands institution that has been running since 1956. The Nottingham Road Brewery is situated on the grounds. Pop in and taste the wide range of craft beers on offer and the unique beer cheese.

Inside the grounds of the hotel, you will find the Rawdons Pub and Restaurant. Cozy up next to the large fireplace with a glass of wine and try the delicious food. The restaurant is known for its excellent fish and chips, beef pies, and hearty stews.

In 1962, Nelson Mandela was captured just outside of Howick on R103. The site is now home to a sculpture designed by Marco Cianfanelli that is made up of 50 steel bars that represent the time that Mandela spent in prison. There is a small museum that tells the story of Mandela’s life and what he did for South Africa

A selection of shops where the whole family can have fun. Kids can ride on the mini steam train, play a game of putt-putt, paint a piece of ceramic and have it glazed, and dips candles to create their own candle creation. Parents can wander around the selection of shops with a variety of interesting items including, wrought-iron creations, luxury linen, homemade furniture, small cellar wines, and locally-made produce. When everyone gets hungry, try the Piggly Wiggly restaurant next to the play area or enjoy some wood-fired pizza next to the mini train.

Situated at the top of a winding dirt road, you will find the quaint Swissland Cheese shop. Buy some goat food and have fun feeding the tame goats. You may be lucky enough to bottle feed some adorable baby goats. You can taste the variety of cheeses in the shop before making a purchase. Buy a few of the delicious cheeses, preserves, and biscuits so you can enjoy a picnic on the lawns outside the shop. The shop hires out glasses, cheese boards, and knives for those wanting to picnic.

This popular restaurant is located on the main road near Nottingham Road. They have a large playground for the kids and outdoor seating right next to the play area. Try the yummy Austrian cuisine on offer that includes, eisbein, bratwurst, and schnitzels that can be washed down with beer from the Nottingham Road Brewery. They offer an extensive kids menu for the little ones.

Book a holiday on the warm North Coast and spend a day exploring the stunning Midlands Meander that is just as a short drive away.

Elsbeth Terblanche

Elsbeth Terblanche

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