The Midlands attractions

Top Choice Museum in Pietermaritzburg

KwaZulu-Natal Museum

This impressive museum has a range of well-curated displays reflecting a diversity of cultures, including settler history, war records, stuffed birds and marine life. The hall of African mammals is particularly stun…
Top Choice Gallery in Pietermaritzburg

Tatham Art Gallery

In keeping with Pietermaritzburg’s self-styled role as a heritage city, one of its finest sights, the art gallery, was started in 1903 by Mrs Ada Tatham. Housed in the beautiful Old Supreme Court, it contains a fine…
Top Choice Historic Site in The Midlands

Nelson Mandela Capture Site

On 5 August 1962, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was captured by apartheid police on the R103 outside of Howick. This would mark the start of his 27 years of incarceration. In 2012 a monument was installed here in the fo…
Arts Centre in The Midlands

Ardmore Ceramic Studio

This extraordinary gallery was started by artist Fée Halset-Berning in 1985. She trained Bonnie Ntshalintsahli, the daughter of a farm employee. Sadly, Bonnie has since passed away, but the studio flourished, firstl…
Arts Centre in The Midlands

Dargle Valley Pottery

Started by famous South African potter Ian Glenny, this old-school, ‘70s-style pottery place is at the earthy and rural end of Ardmore's range of arts centres but no less captivating for that. You can wander through…
Gardens in Pietermaritzburg

KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden

Spread over 4200 sq metres, these gardens have exotic species and indigenous mist-belt flora. Guided tours are offered on weekdays and there's a weekly farmers market here on Saturday mornings from 6am. It's located…
Museum in Pietermaritzburg

Msunduzi Museum

Formerly known as Voortrekker Museum, Msunduzi Museum comprises a complex that incorporates the Church of the Vow, the home of Andries Pretorius, a Voortrekker house and a former school now housing exhibits on the h…
Monument in Pietermaritzburg

Statue of Gandhi

A statue of Gandhi, who was famously ejected from a 1st-class carriage at Pietermaritzburg station, stands defiant opposite some old colonial buildings on Church St.
Church in Pietermaritzburg

Modern Memorial Church

The words of the Vow that the Voortrekkers made with God at the Battle of Blood River are in the Modern Memorial Church.
Church in Pietermaritzburg

Church of the Vow

The Church of the Vow was built in 1841 to fulfil the Voortrekkers’ promise to God at the Battle of Blood River.