Pietermaritzburg, 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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Although much has changed since my school days in Pietermaritzburg its still a lovely city to visit. I love the red brick architecture of the City Hall and the beautiful trees of Alexander Park. 'Art in the Park' is a must if you are visiting at that time of the year and the Royal Show is always good fun too!

February 2013

Helen (Kearsney)

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Pietermaritzburg is nice to visit, its pretty but not somewhere I would stay for long.

October 2012

Michelle (Cape Town)

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