KwaZulu Natal Tourist AttractionsChurch Street
Pietermaritzburg is a major city, enjoying its status as the capital of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, and its positioning of less than an hourís drive from Durban. It was established in 1838 and, therefore, has a deep and interesting history.
The Zulu culture infuses so many parts of the province and the town, giving visitors an insight into its customs and heritage, and into the role it has played in the South Africa of today. In addition, this has one of the largest South African Indian populations in the country.
The Church Street Mall enjoys some of this cityís heritage, thanks to its convenient locale. The pedestrian street on which it is perched (not surprisingly called Church Street) is the address of many of the historical buildings of the town.
Those strolling down the street will also likely enjoy the welcome shade cast by the impressive stinkwood trees that flank the road. The Church Street Mall itself is brimming with interesting shops and stalls. Here, visitors and locals can glean African curios, which lie alongside tapestries, sculptures, jewellery, exquisite dyed textiles (batiks), and contemporary art pieces.
Really, this mall gives visitors from all over the world the opportunity to shop to their heartís content while meeting local folk and being part of the unique (and unforgettable) South African experience.