About Scottsville Racecourse

Scottsville Racecourse is popular for a number of good reasons, not least of all its excellent facilities and its being the setting for the movie Racing Stripes, a 2005 children’s movie about a racing zebra. It is situated in Pietermaritzburg, which is the capital city of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. This city is known for its historical and natural attractions too, making it a multifaceted hotspot for locals and tourists alike.

Did you know? In 1962, the first sponsored race (Gilbey’s Stakes) was hosted at the Pietermaritzburg Turf Club, making South African history and putting this course on the map.

The Scottsville Racecourse is not only for fans and followers of horse racing, but it certainly adds to the experience if you know your racing. Initially, the course was maintained by plough and oxen, which is a very old-fashioned method that can scarcely be found anymore. In addition, the course would request local bikers with belt-propelled bikes to ride here so that the divots could be dispersed more effectively. More than this, little information is available regarding the early days of Scottsville.

In 1962, the first sponsored race (Gilbey’s Stakes) was hosted at the Pietermaritzburg Turf Club, making South African history and putting this course on the map, so to speak. In 1963, the Smirnoff Plate was also hosted here. Although both of these races were done away with in 1996, they were adopted by the Golden Horse (part of the racecourse domain) and are now known as the Golden Horse Sprint. Today, races take place four or five times a month.

The Scottsville track is an oval, right-handed one that has a circumference of around 2 300 metres. The home straight follows a steep bank and includes a 550 metre run-in, which always gets the excitement mounting and the crowds going. In addition, there is a 1 200 metre straight with a moveable rail for an interchangeable run-in length.

The facilities and amenities of the course are all about class, elegance and convenience. There are a number of restaurants and bars in which to enjoy excellent food and drinks, and to catch up on all of the racing news and results. Meet with friends and colleagues while being part of the racing excitement. In addition, there is an enclosed picnic area in which the relaxed ambience of the South African countryside can be enjoyed amidst the buzz of the track.

The Golden Horse Casino is also situated at the Scottsville Racecourse, and gives avid gamblers the opportunity to try their hand at any of the 22 tables and 450 slot machines. Even for those that just feel like trying their luck, this is a fun place to spend an hour or two. Gambling is not permitted for those under the age of 18 years.

The Scottsville Racecourse is less than an hour’s drive from Durban and the King Shaka International Airport. In addition, it is only 2.5 kilometres from the centre of Pietermaritzburg. Other tourist attractions that are nearby include the Mandela Capture Monument with the world-renowned sculpture by Marco Cianfanelli, the Valley of 1 000 Hills, and a number of malls and arts and crafts markets.

Need to Know

WhereScottsville Racecourse, 45 New England Road, Pietermaritzburg, 3201, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

WhenPlease enquire about Race Days.

Telephone+27 (0)33 345-3405

OvernightStay in Pietermaritzburg Accommodation, KwaZulu Natal


Please note, business details can change. While we endeavour to ensure all information provided by the service provider is correct at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability caused by errors or changes, such as price, cost, time, and location. Please check with the provider that the activity/business is still offered as described, before making any travel plans.


If this is your attraction, you can let us know if anything on this page is outdated or contains inaccuracies, by email. We regret, we do not have any other information, please contact the provider if you have questions.

In the vicinity

Hotels & other accommodation options in Pietermaritzburg

Things to do in the area

Accommodation convenient to Scottsville Racecourse

FIND / South Africa Accommodation / KwaZulu Natal Accommodation / Natal Midlands Accommodation / Pietermaritzburg Accommodation

Pietermaritzburg as a destination

Want to stay overnight?


When would you like to stay?
Choose dates

Number of Guests

Why book with SA-Venues.com
  • Your card is safe with us; strictest card verification in the industry and we don't store card numbers.
  • No airy fairy service fees; you save!
  • We care. Service with integrity.
  • Multiple payment methods:
    credit card, SID instant EFT, bank transfer.
  • All Pietermaritzburg property owners / managers are verified (our experience protects you from online fraud).
  • Secure your booking
Our Payment Protection Guarantee only applies if your deposit payment is made via SA-Venues.com
South Africa. Explore. Experience. Stay

SA-Venues.com® has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest, independent online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.

Never miss a deal

Subscribe for the latest special offers and travel inspiration.

And, we'll send you a R200 voucher to use on your next booking.