Meandering Through The Midlands

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 thoughts on “Meandering Through The Midlands

  1. Andrea says:

    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 says:

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

  3. Kerri says:

    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 says:

    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

  5. Loren says:

    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

  6. Loren says:

    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

  7. Dianne Fourie says:

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

  8. Siobhan Hughes says:

    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!!!!!!!!!

  9. Natasha says:

    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.

  10. Loren says:

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

  11. Loren says:

    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

  12. Loren says:

    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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