Northwest of Durban in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal is the Midmar Public Resort Nature Reserve, offering accommodation, picnic sites and recreational opportunities around the huge Midmar Dam. At the main entrance is the Midmar Historical Village, a reproduction of a 19th-century redbrick village with tree-lined streets, a village church and, surprisingly, a Hindu Temple. Many of the buildings are originals that have been relocated to the site from towns and villages elsewhere in the province. There are also vintage steam train rides and Shire horse carriage rides on offer, as well as several shops, restaurants and exhibition halls. Midmar is the centre of the popular Midlands Meander arts and crafts route, which winds through the Midlands along the R103 road, taking in more than 65 participating attractions dotted across the countryside, ranging from herb farms to antique shops and artists working with stained glass. A really fun and artistic way to explore this beautiful region, the Midlands Meander is a must for those who enjoy quaint tea houses and creativity. The huge dam also stages the annual Midmar Mile, the world's largest open water swim, when Midmar is overrun with swimmers and takes on a festive atmosphere for the race.