Family Friendly activities on the Midlands Meander

Family Friendly activities on the Midlands Meander

The fresh country air and the endless exciting stops make The Midlands Meander the ideal family day out. From delicious lunch spots to fun activities for all ages, there is something for everyone. Spend your day finding all the fun activities or take a shortcut and visit a few of our favorite family-friendly midlands activities.

5 Midlands Meander Stops Your Family Will Love

Start your adventure by penciling these stops onto your route, but feel free to explore the hundreds of other stops along the way.

1.  Piggly Wiggly

This spot has it ALL. For mom, several shops are scattered around the outdoor centre to keep her entertained for ages; from a plant nursery to a sweet-smelling toiletry and pamper shop, she is bound to find something that tickles her fancy. The famous Piggly Wiggly restaurant, with its delicious lunch and friendly service, is a great place to make your base while exploring the shops and activities. From chocolate and candle dipping to riding the small train around the grounds and painting pottery, you are bound to be here for hours!

2. The Faraway Tree

This unique stop will remain with you and your children forever! Lose yourself in the fantasyland that has been created, filled with fairies, gnomes, elves and trees with faces, children’s imaginations will run wild. Enjoy browsing the vast collection of wands, tiaras and wings and allow the magic of The Faraway Tree to carry you away with it- if only for a while.

3. Play Putt Putt at Millgate Cottage

At just R15, you have access to unlimited putt-putt games. This entertaining game is hard to come by nowadays, which is a shame because it really is fun for the whole family! Challenge your kids to a game and see who will be the champion of the 9-hole course. Enjoy the fresh air, special family bonding time and hospitality from Millgate Cottage.

4. Karkloof Canopy Tours

If you are looking for a bit of adventure, ziplining is for you! Fly high above the second largest indigenous forest in South Africa, enjoying the thrilling zip lines (the longest stretching 175m), while keeping your sights open for monkeys, birds and marvelling in the beauty of nature. This adventure is open to ages 7-70 years old and will be a day you won’t forget in a hurry!

5. St. Ives Dam

This stunning stop is perfect for an active family day outdoors. Bring your own fishing rods and spend the day fishing for bass or bring your own mountain bike and enjoy the family-friendly 4km route (be sure to be on the lookout for zebra, wildebeest and antelope). With a jungle gym on-site for the younger ones and the option to organize a picnic lunch, you are setting yourself up for the perfect day out.

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Family Friendly activities on the Midlands Meander


Andrew has been living in the Drakensberg region for the last 20 years. These mountains are his passion together with his obsession for sustainable living

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