PIETERMARITZBURG IN SOUTH AFRICA
Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second largest city in KwaZulu-Natal. It was founded in 1838 and is set amidst the forested hills and rolling countryside of the Natal-Midlands. The city has a strong colonial heritage, however, this vibrant town has an eclectic mix of Indian, Zulu and English-speaking people. It is considered one of the best-preserved Victorian cities in the world. Pietermaritzburg entertainment includes sporting events, annual outdoor festivals and an agricultural show that is unparalleled in SA. It is a dynamic commercial, educational and industrial center. Timbered hills cradle the city and the Msunduzi River flows through its center. Hike up the old Voortrekker wagon road, up to the plateau overlooking Pietermaritzburg from the northwest, and the lush panorama of the province stretches before you from World’s View, while abundant parks and gardens keep the city permanently green. Pietermaritzburg attractions are linked to its history and one of the best ways to view the sites is with a self-guided ‘Town Trails’ tour. These are comfortable and easy-to-navigate walks through the city’s historical center and it includes 50 national monuments. Look out for the hitching rails outside the Imperial Hotel, where Napoleon is said to have tethered his hose, as well as the handsome style of the Standard Bank building. The city’s shopping area is in the Central Business District and it’s a real treat for the avid buyer. It is reminiscent of Victorian London and dates back to 1838. Splendid azaleas are displayed among the majestic indigenous trees that fill the National Botanic Gardens. Pietermaritzburg is an enchanting city with loads of character and splendid outdoors activities to offer. It makes for a great stop-over destination when traveling from Johannesburg to the coast.