Midlands Forest Lodge

Currys Post Road, Howick, KwaZulu-Natal


An estate under the same ownership as Caversham Mill 3km down the road, Midlands Forest Lodge is perched high up on the edge of luscious green hills and slopes.

This tranquil and secluded hillside retreat lives up to its name by bordering on pristine indigenous forest where fauna and flora abound and a natural sanctuary to numerous species of birds exists.

At an altitude of 1340m, one can survey the unspoilt beauty of the Midlands valley from one of 12 well appointed suites. Utmost care has been taken in making the cosy log cabins blend harmoniously with nature.

Enjoy a leisurely walk on the escarpment or, for the more adventurous, explore the forest with its towering giant yellowwood trees.


Two different styles of accommodation are available at Midlands Forest Lodge.

The first consists of 10 double rooms in timber chalets raised on stilts. Each double room has a king size bed, bathroom en suite with shower, basin, toilet, and a small lounge area and wooden balcony.

The second style consists of 2 self catering chalets (each chalet sleeps a max of 4 people). The first bedroom in the chalet has a king bed, and the second bedroom has two single beds. The kitchenette is small but adequate, with fridge, microwave, small 2 plate stove, kettle, toaster and other necessities.

The two bathrooms are en suite each with shower, basin and toilet. There is a small lounge/dining area and a lovely wooden balcony.

These log chalets provide a perfect place to contemplate natures beauty in its simplicity, to breathe in the scent of the woods and pure mountain air.

Caversham Mill Restaurant

This well-known restaurant is a landmark in the area. It is a first class, well priced establishment offering modern comfort food with a few interesting twists.

Dishes are freshly prepared and served in a settling only the Midlands can offer. Peruse their a-la-carte menu while listening to the Lion's River tumbling down the waterfall.

As "eatout magazine" recently put it, "this is comfort food at its homemade, freshly prepared best."

Breakfast, lunch and intimate dinners are prepared using only fresh locally produced ingredients. By using local, and where possible organic, produce they make sure that they provide their community with the support it deserves.

The menu changes with the seasons to ensure freshness, and to provide the kitchen with a chance to impress guests with new ideas.

Enjoy a pre-prandial glass of bubbles or a refreshing cocktail in the bar or on the deck overlooking the gorgeous surrounds while listening to the sounds of the local birdlife. Soak in the history and ambiance around the first watermill built in the area.


The restaurant can cater for functions of up to 50 people inside and 45 people under cover outside, easily allowing for groups of about 90 people to soak up the amazing atmosphere of Caversham Mill.

Functions are catered to guest's preferences for decor, menu, personal specifications and budget. Recent functions held at Caversham Mill include birthdays, weddings, reunions, company functions and just fun get togethers.

The restaurant is also very child friendly allowing families the pleasure of good food and a good time for the kids.

Conferences and Events

Special occasions require a perfect setting. Midlands Forest Lodge has a wonderful function room with wooden decked balcony, overlooking a natural wetland. Between 50 and 80 guests can be comfortably seated.

Full conference equipment is available for hire. Excellent food and first-class service is provided from the staff of Caversham Mill Restaurant in the areas most beautiful surroundings.

From birthday parties and anniversaries, to pre-wedding parties and corporate events, Midlands Forest Lodge offers a suitable location to accommodate guests in a friendly and professional environment.