NATAL MIDLANDS, KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA TRAVEL GUIDE
This wonderful little city
is often called 'the last outpost of the British Empire' by admirers and
detractors alike. It's not really true, but its many red brick Victorian
buildings do give the town a rather genteel air. Situated in a hollow surrounded
by hills, Pietermaritzburg lies on the edge of the rather lovely green
which is so well endowed with craft shops, restaurants, trout hatcheries,
boutique breweries, cheese factories and every other form of bucolic delight
that it has formed itself into a route called the
Other nearby attractions include the scenic Howick Falls, and the
treetop canopy tour. There are excellent mountain biking trails in
the area, some game farms and it’s not far from the Drakensberg.
Cultural attractions include
a number of museums, township tours and nearby battlefields. An interesting
monument is the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the spot where he was arrested
for riding in a 'whites only' train carriage. He claimed that his career
of passive resistance started then.
Pietermaritzburg is just
short of 100km from Durban,
with which it has very intimate ties. These are most notable in two very
tough races, which are run between the cities. The Comrades Marathon
is 98km long and follows the old national road.
The other race is the Dusi
Canoe Marathon, which is run on the Umsinduzi River every year.
Things to do in Pietermaritzburg:
Museum - 237 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg - Here you’ll view
a constant array of fascinating temporary exhibitions and happenings ranging
from xenophobic violence to a mixed children’s art exhibition at this dynamic
museum. 2010 saw the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival
of Indian people and an exploration of the history of segregation in the
Eight natural history and
ten cultural history galleries showcase numerous mammals including the
last wild elephant in KwaZulu-Natal, birds, amphibians, insects and an
extensive mollusc collection. Kids will love checking out the life-size
T-Rex model. Stroll through a life-size rendering of a Drakensberg
rock art cave or walk the plank of a wrecked trading vessel in the Towns
and Trade Exhibition. The museum has an internet café, resource
library for learners, film room and coffee/snack bar.
Open Monday to Friday 09:00
– 16:30, Saturdays 10:00 – 16:00 Sundays 11:00 – 15:00.
for Africa - 37 Willowton Rd, Pietermaritzburg - Take an inspirational
walk through the tropical house of Butterflies for Africa. This lush and
spectacular environment brings visitors into close contact with free-flying
indigenous and exotic butterflies. Butterflies for Africa flies high with
some of the top butterfly houses from around the globe with some unique
offerings. The complex features a walk-through butterfly house, craft shop,
art gallery, coffee bar, African art and craft centre, butterfly nursery
and a garden planted with a big variety of food plants for butterflies.
Tel +27 (0) 33 387 1356
Tuesday to Friday 09:00 –
16:30 - Saturday 09:30 – 15:30 - Sunday 10:30 – 15:30
Closed on New Year's Day,
Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Falls Dam & Game Reserve, Pietermaritzburg - One of the largest
dams in KwaZulu-Natal, Albert Falls Dam is a popular playground for sailors,
canoeists, twitchers, hikers, horse riders and fisherfolk. The dam is rated
one of the best bass fishing dams in the world and an international bass
fishing competition is held there annually.
The whole area has abundant
bird life as well as zebra and several antelope species. Visitors can enjoy
game drives at the Msinsi Reserve. In winter Otto's Bluff is worth checking
out when the aloes are flowering.
- BED & BREAKFASTS/GUEST HOUSES, KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA
accommodation in Pietermaritzburg
B&B, Bed & Breakfast, PIETERMARITZBURG
Enjoy the warmest hospitality
in Pietermaritzburg as Dave & Normaine welcome you to Brevisbrook.
Guests feel most relaxed in this peaceful country style property set in
lush surroundings overlooking indigenous trees and a bubbling stream.
Brevisbrook is situated in a cul-de-sac in a quiet suburb of Pietermaritzburg
only five minutes from the centre of the City. Five welcoming air-conditioned
double suites are available, all of which have their own private entrance.
The suites are tastefully decorated and well appointed and have private
bathrooms including bath and separate shower. Other facilities include
easy chairs, TV and M-Net, overhead fans, heaters, electric blankets, hairdryer,
radio alarm clock, wall safe and tea/coffee facilities. Telephone, fax
and internet facilities are available. Laundry service.
RECOMMENDED BY OUR TRAVEL PARTNER:
B&B. Wembley, PIETERMARITZBURG
Featuring free WiFi throughout
the property, Smithgrove B&B offers accommodations in Pietermaritzburg.
Free private parking is available on site. Each room is fitted with a flat-screen
TV with satellite channels. You will find a kettle in the room. Each room
has a private bathroom fitted with a bathtub or shower. The bed and breakfast
also provides car rental. The nearest airport is King Shaka International
Airport, 72.4 km from the property.
Located in Pietermaritzburg
in the region of KwaZulu-Natal, 400 m from Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg,
Tancredi B&B features an outdoor pool and barbecue. Each room includes
a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Some accommodations include a sitting
area for your convenience. Every room is equipped with a private bathroom.
The nearest airport is King Shaka International Airport, 69.2 km from the
- HOTEL & SAFARI LODGE ACCOMMODATION, KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA
accommodation in Pietermaritzburg
Imperial Hotel, PIETERMARITZBURG
Located in the heart of
Pietermaritzburg, the century-old Hotel Imperial, boasts historic ambience
and prestige. Convenience in a modern setting, the Protea Hotel Imperial
is truly a superior choice. Accommodation ranges from elegantly spacious
single and double rooms to luxurious family suites, all with colour TV
(9 DSTV channels), air-conditioning, coffee-making facilities and en-suite
bathrooms. The Ladies Bar offers refreshing pre-dinner drinks, while
the Garden Room Restaurant serves world-class cuisine in colourful, spacious
surroundings. Large and fully equipped conference rooms for up to
400 delegates offer a full complement of secretarial, fax and photocopying
services. The Imperial Ladies Bar and the Oak Room Bar offer refreshing
pre-dinner drinks, while the Garden Room Restaurant serves world-class
cuisine in colourful, spacious surroundings.
Redlands hotel is situated
in the Redlands Estate in Wembley, the northern suburb of Pietermaritzburg.
It features beautifully manicured gardens, a swimming pool and 24-hour
reception. Each individually decorated room is air-conditioned and has
either a garden or pool view. It comes equipped with a satellite TV, minibar
and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. The private bathroom includes a bath
and shower with free toiletries. The Blue Room at Redlands serves breakfast,
lunch and dinner. The bar offers a good selection of whiskey and a number
of restaurants can be found within 3 km. Attractions in the area include
the Golden Horse Casino 5 km away, the Liberty Midland Mall, the Drakensberg
Mountains and the Battlefields Meander.
- SELF-CATERING HOLIDAY RENTAL ACCOMMODATION, KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA
browsing accommodation in Pietermaritzburg
RECOMMENDED BY OUR TRAVEL PARTNER:
7 On Oakleigh, Holiday Rental Apartment, PIETERMARITZBURG
Located in Pietermaritzburg,
Apartment 7 On Oakleigh is 4.5 km from Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg. Free
private parking is available on site. The accommodation has a flat-screen
TV. Some units feature a terrace and/or patio with pool views. There is
also a dining area and a kitchenette equipped with an oven. A microwave,
a toaster and refrigerator are also provided, as well as a kettle. There
is a private bathroom with a bathtub or shower in every unit. Towels and
bed linen are featured. Apartment 7 On Oakleigh also includes a fitness
center and outdoor pool. The nearest airport is King Shaka International
Airport, 74 km from Apartment 7 On Oakleigh.
Cottages, Hilton, PIETERMARITZBURG
Located in Hilton, Glengarth
Cottages features a garden and barbecue. Pietermaritzburg is 8 km from
the property. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available
on site. All units include a sitting area. A microwave and toaster are
also featured, as well as a kettle. Some units also have a kitchen, equipped
with an oven, a refrigerator, and a stovetop. There is a private bathroom
with a hairdryer in every unit. Bed linen are provided. Guests can enjoy
various activities in the area, including horseback riding and biking.
King Shaka International Airport is 80.5 km away.