About Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg is situated in the Natal Midlands, in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Show on Map

KwaZulu Natal DestinationsPietermaritzburg, Natal Midlands

Set in the heart of the Natal Midlands in KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg is a city of charm and dignity, at its loveliest in spring when masses of azaleas burst into bloom.

When the first Voortrekkers arrived in 1837, they found a tranquil countryside graced by forests, hills and valleys. They settled on a fertile tract of land beside the Umsindusi River and named it after two of their leaders, Gerrit Maritz and Piet Retief. Six years later, the British upgraded the village to a military garrison town. Today, numerous Victorian and Edwardian buildings, quaint pedestrian lanes and other landmarks reflect the substantial British contribution to the development of the town.

And in shady, tree-lined suburbs, spacious red brick bungalows and upper-crust boarding schools reinforce the colonial ambiance of "The Last Outpost of the British Empire" as Maritzburg is affectionately known. The city has a wide range of shops, hotels and restaurants, providing the ideal gateway to the exceptional country inns, recreational resorts and game reserves of the Midlands and the Drakensberg.

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Ambleside Guest Lodge

Guest House

Ambleside Guest Lodge

Ambleside Guest Lodge is an exclusive thatch roof lodge on two acres of land in a tranquil upmarket suburb. All rooms are ... more

Africa's Eden

Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

Africa's Eden

Africa’s Eden is a 2 acre estate situated along a small green belt, wedged between 2 streams - hardly what you would ... more

The Jays Guest House

Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

The Jays Guest House

The Jays Guest House offers three tastefully decorated and comfortable double en-suite rooms with private entrances as ... more

Reviews of Pietermaritzburg

We come to Pietermaritzburg often as we have family here, and we just love our time in this town. We always make a point of trying to visit at least some...

Nicola van Reenen, Stellenbosch

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