A few weekends ago, le BF  and I decided to drive down to Umhlanga for a few nights and stop over in the Midlands en route. We packed our bags, packed the car and were on the road by mid morning. After doing a whole lot of research and googling, I made a list of all the places we needed to stop at along the way and once we were at our destination. Our first stop was Nottingham Road – the cosiest little town. As you drive into this Road you think you’re trespassing a movie scene as it is that small, quaint and picturesque! My heart belongs in Nottingham Road and one day (yes, one day!) we will live there on a small farm with a million dogs running around!


{First Stop: Nottingham Road}


(Second Stop: Chocolate Heaven}


{Chocolate dipped strawberries from Chocolate Heaven}


{Third Stop: Umhlanga Light House}


{Fourth Stop: High Tea at The Oyster Box}

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{Fifth Stop: Bubble Tea}


{Sixth Stop: Lush}

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{Last Stop: Blueberry Hill Cafe}



The first time we went to Nottingham Road was two years ago by accident. I say by accident, because we were leaving Umhlanga, heading back to Joburg and hadn’t eaten a morsel the whole day hoping to stop at a Wimpy on the way home. When we were about an hour out of Durban, and feeling very very weak, I searched in the Garmin GPS for the nearest Wimpy which was about 150 kilometres away. I then searched nearest restaurant and the Garmin said “Nottingham Road – 17 km’s away”, so I punched that in. Following the Garmin’s directions and taking 7 kilometres off the highway seemed a bit out of our way but our hunger said otherwise! We reached the restaurant (for the life of me I cannot remember the name!) and had the yummiest meal with the freshest ingredients and the friendliest service. I then asked the waiter where are we, so he replied “Nottingham Road” … So I said yes, I know that but what is this Town called, so he said “Nottingham Road” … Still not understanding that its just one cozy Road, I asked again where are we!

You don’t realise it but there are so many hidden gems in South Africa waiting to be discovered. And I just love discovering them with no one else but with le bf at my side ♥

20 Responses

  1. Andrea

    Wow! Absolutely beautiful photos! The High Tea, chocolate strawberries and cheesecake look amazing! And the scenery pictures are too pretty. Loved this Loren xx

  2. Lynette

    Awww sounds like you had a blast Loren. It’s awesome to take little roadtrips and appriciate the small stops along the way. xxx

    • Loren

      Yes, I love it! I wish I could take a year off and drive the whole of South Africa finding all these cozy stops 🙂 Thank you for reading x

  3. Kerri

    Stunning pictures!! It almost feels as if I was there too! The cheesecake looks too sumptuous for words! Looks like you had an amazing time!

  4. Martie Lightley

    Oh I just love the Midlands, we stayed over at the Rawdons Hotel on our way to Durban I think it was some time ago (not really sure as it feels like yesterday :)… And it is beautiful. Did you maybe have a bite to eat at the Bierfassl? I love that restaurant… And it is on Nottingham Road. Lovely post Loren. Loved it xoxo

    • Loren

      We may have eaten there, I will have to ask the boyfriend as he has a better memory than me 🙂 I just love the Midlands too – it is so pretty! It feels like you’re in another country 🙂 Thank you for reading xx

  5. Dianne Fourie

    The Midlands is so beautiful especially over winter time! Lovely post – I look forward to more of these travel ones 🙂

    • Loren

      I dream of living in the Midlands 😉 It is so beautiful! Thank you so much Dianne x

  6. Siobhan Hughes

    I live in KZN and not only is the Oyster Box High Tea what I do every year for my birthday (I love it that much!) but I adore the Midlands.. Chocolate Heaven is beyond amazing!!!!!!!!!

    • Loren

      Aah, you’re so lucky to live near all my favourite places 🙂 Chocolate Heaven is heaven! 🙂 Thank you for reading Siobhan x

  7. Natasha

    That high tea looks incredible. I’ve only been to the Midlands once, but it was such a short visit, I want to go back to see more.

    • Loren

      You have to, have to go back to the Midlands and visit all the places I mentioned in this post – you will love them! 🙂 x

  8. Jade

    I am SO excited to read a travel post from someone in MY part of the world!!! Somewhere that is actually tangible for me right now! Yay!!

    I didn’t know that there was a Lush store in South Africa!?!? My life has a whole new meaning………..


    • Loren

      Yes, there is Lush in Cape Town and in Gateway in Durban! You have to go to it and get yourself some goodies … You don’t know what you missing out on 😉 Thank you for reading Jade xx


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