Pietermaritzburg - known colloquially as “Maritzberg” - is the capital city of the kingdom of KwaZulu, KwaZulu-Natal.
It is known for its majestic rolling evergreen hills and manicured countryside of the Natal-Midlands and is one of the most well-preserved Victorian cities in the world. Pietermaritzburg is a city with a lot of character and pizazz, there is something for everyone here with a vast variety of accommodation.
This city is centrally situated between Durban, the Drakensburg and Kwazulu-Natal’s game reserves. Pietermaritzburg is considered the gateway between Johannesburg and Durban with public transport available on a daily basis but is not regarded as city transport by the rail system.
With a history that dates back as far as the 1800’s when the first Voortrekkers arrived, it is no wonder that this charmingly dignified city is home to numerous Victorian and Edwardian influence. With buildings that echo the contribution of the British in its development and quaint pedestrian lanes that are loveliest in spring when the azaleas bloom, Pietermaritzburg is bound to take you on a historical venture. Shady, tree-lined suburbs spacious bungalows and aristocratic-like boarding schools, all reinforce the colonial feel of the city. It is known to be the last outpost of the British Empire after all.
The deep-rooted history of Pietermaritzburg is not only exemplified through its well-preserved buildings and layout of the city, but also through the beautiful botanical gardens and parks, with the quaint artisan village life encompassing the Midlands and the atmosphere in general. With many historical sites such as The Mandela Monuments, Mahatma Ghandi Statue and the Voortrekker Monument to mention a few. Staying true to its nostalgic charm, there is a wide range of restaurants, cafés, delicatessens and shops to fill that past-time void.
Pietermaritzburg accommodation varies across self-catering cottages and apartments, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, hotels and backpackers; all kinds of accommodation suitable for all kinds of travellers and all kinds of budgets.