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A Guide to Accommodation, Activities, Restaurants & Businesses in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

General Information

The history-filled city of Pietermaritzburg is situated in the KwaZulu Natal Province of South Africa.  The Boer settlers earmarked this site as their capital-to-be, having crossed over the Drakensberg Mountain range into Zulu territory on their Great Trek from British dominion in the Cape Colony.  In 1838 the foundations of a neat grid of streets and lanes of Pietermaritzburg was formed. 

It was from this young settlement that Pieter Retief embarked on his ill-fated journey to negotiate for land with Shaka's co-assassin and heir, King Dingane. And gave Pietermaritzburg the first half of its name.  Gert Maritz being the head of a second wave of Voortrekkers, gave town the other half of its name.

Within five years of establishing Pietermaritzburg, however, the Boers succumbed to British military might and vacated the area leaving their carefully-laid foundations to be stamped with a world-renowned legacy of Edwardian and Victorian architecture.

Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg

There are many available options of accommodation in Pietermaritzburg, from hotels, self-catering units, guest houses, bed and breakfasts and lodges.  Please see the accommodation directory for more information.

Activities in Pietermaritzburg

From water sports at the nearby Midmar Dam to golf and squash, horse riding and hiking, this city has it all.  Please see the activities directory for more information.

Restaurants in Pietermaritzburg

There are many restaurants on offer to suit every visitors budget.  There is a great selection of restaurants, coffee shops and pubs to choose from!

Businesses

Pietermaritzburg has a large and thriving business community and provides a wide range of goods and services to its residents and holiday makers.

See our business directory for a list of businesses in Pietermaritzburg, or add your own free business listing.

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