Qambathi Mountain Lodge Hosts Tom Cruise

It’s not every day that a movie star comes to our neck of the province, but it’s also not an impossible mission to find great accommodation in the Midlands that is ‘celebrity-worthy! Qambathi Mountain Lodge, a boutique eco-lodge and nature reserve in the upper Kamberg Valley, hosted none other than the acclaimed Hollywood star Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie and their production team for a few months last year during the filming for the eighth Mission:...

Exceptional Care in a Country Setting

The new Care Centre at St John’s Village Lifestyle & Retirement Estate now offers 24-hour, professional, person-centred nursing care under the expert guidance of Sr Elaine Langlois and Sr Dianne Duckworth. Many will remember Elaine as the founder of Wembley House Sub Acute Hospital, and Dianne is well known in the area as a highly qualified and experienced career nurse.   Embodying the essence of a KZN Midlands farm lifestyle, the centre has the warm...

Made With Love

Spend some time with Debbie Blake, the founder and CEO of DETIAMO, and you will appreciate the truism that success is not a destination, but a journey. I sat down with her for a chat over a cappuccino outside her concept store in the tranquil gardens of Terbodore in the KZN Midlands.   Debbie is an entrepreneur at heart. She also has a love of sewing and passion for the craft. “I grew up on...

Discover the Magic

Christmas at The Quarry Centre Last year, The Quarry Centre is pulled out all the stops for the festive season and converted the space into a magical Christmas wonderland. With an immersive Santa’s Grotto experience for children of all ages, show-stopping Christmas lights, a night market with live music and kids’ entertainment, late-night shopping, and more, the whole family is invited to discover the magic this December.   Santa was at The Quarry, along with...

Back to Our Roots: Art in The Midlands

The Platform Gallery is not shy. As you step into the unique gallery’s space, you will notice an abundance of artists and media and meet a friendly and knowledgeable curator to help you see it all. While the exterior of this must-see attraction maintains its humble roots (formerly used as a railway shed), it boasts the raw and undiluted talent that KwaZulu-Natal has to offer. Drawing solely on artists that live within two hours of...

Making the Next Big Move

Gauteng and other city buyers look for bigger homes in developing regions, causing a precinct boom. The Avenues Hilton meets these new demands by being surrounded by culture-rich communities, art, beautiful rolling hills, and is within commuting distance to Pietermartizburg city.   Over recent years, the Hilton area has surged in popularity, and the village has experienced a population growth of an amazing 34%. On the back of the pandemic and the hard lockdown in...