Pietermaritzburg, set amidst forested hills and the rolling countryside of the Natal-Midlands, is one of the best-preserved Victorian cities in the world. The city is the administrative capital of the province and is centrally situated between Durban, the Drakensberg and KwaZulu-Natal's game reserves on the main N3 highway between Johannesburg and Durban; Pietermaritzburg is approximately 80km north of Durban by road.
Pietermaritzburg is the gateway between Johannesburg and Durban and many bus services, rail services and taxis are available on a daily basis. The passenger rail system in Pietermaritzburg is not used between suburbs but only between our towns along the N3 highway towards Johannesburg, so remember it is not regarded as city transportation.
The city offers an airport known as Oribi Airport. This airstrip is not an international airport but offers excellent national destinations and inter-city flights.
The bus services are outstanding as you could choose from many different routes and with all the companies providing a great service.
Taxis are plentiful and provide helpful information and useful trips around the city and suburbs. Metered taxicabs operate in all major cities and towns. You will find taxi ranks at transport terminals, major hotels or shopping centers or you can hail taxi in the street.
Butterflies For Africa
A complex housing a butterfly craft shop, art gallery, coffee bar, African art & craft centre and a garden planted with a large range of butterfly food plants.
Golden Horse Casino
Not only is the Golden Horse the ultimate casino and entertainment experience, its also an ideal venue for business conferences.
National Botanical Gardens
The National Botanical Gardens, one of eight in the country, concentrates on the conservation and propagation of rare and endangered indigenous plants as well as the cultivation of east coast grassland plants.
Azaleas and proteas are a feature of Wylie Park which, with its beautifully landscaped gardens, offers a tranquil retreat from the rigors of city life. For the energetic there is a hiking trail which leads from the gardens to World's View.
Comprising 86.5ha, Alexandra Park features the picturesque cricket Pavilion built in 1898 and is a centre for international sports fixtures and the venue for monthly craft markets.
Ferncliffe and Bisley Nature Reserve
The Green Belt at Ferncliffe and World's View, and Savannah at Bisley Nature Reserve, offer walking trails with opportunities to enjoy a selection of wild flowers, animals and bird life on the fringe of the city.
Queen Elizabeth Park
Visitors can enjoy a self-guided trail, picnic sites and a viewing hide at the rhino boma. A model for an eco-friendly bird garden is on view and the reserve is open daily.
Tatham Art Gallery
Situated in the handsome Old Supreme Court building, this massive red brick building is today one of the country's top seven art museums.
KZN Railway Museum
One of the main activities at the Mason's Mill facility is the restoration of locomotives and coaches. One of the more interesting attractions in the museum is a coach that had been converted to serve as a bullion carrier and which was used for the run from Rhodesia to Johannesburg during the early part of the 20th century.
The Natal Museum is home to several of South Africa's most important heritage collections.
Msunduzi Museum Complex
What used to be the Longmarket Girls' School, until 1972, is now the main building for the Msunduzi Museum Complex. The Church of the Vow, Andries Pretorius House, E.G. Jansen Extension, an old ox wagon and a double storey house, furnished as a period house, on 333 Boom Street make up the entire Msunduzi Museum Complex.
A splendid Victorian museum reflecting early British settler life is housed in Macrorie House, the former residence of William Macrorie who served as bishop of Pietermaritzburg from 1869 to 1891.
Comrades Marathon House
This Museum houses the official trophies, photographic and press releases and histories of the Comrades Marathon as well as a route model and audio visual presentation.