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The Provincial Capital.

The capital of Kwazulu Natal and one of Africa’s most picturesque and important historical cities,
Pietermaritzburg has a rich heritage of museums and galleries, over 39 National Monuments, and an
architecture strongly influenced by the British Colonial era. Many of the streets bear the names of famous
generals which attests to the region’s colourful and heroic past.

The city has gone to great lengths to maintain it’s predominantly Victorian/Edwardian character and
standing out among the many red-brick Victorian and Edwardian is the City Hall – one of the largest all-
brick buildings in the Southern Hemisphere. One of the best ways to bring local history alive is by taking
one of the self-guided Town Trails, details of which can be found in pamphlets supplied by the
Pietermaritzburg Publicity Association, or by joining one of the PPA's sponsored guided tours.

Numerous local and international sporting and cultural events are hosted by the city throughout the year
which combine to create a warm and entertaining environment for resident and visitor alike.

The Surrounding Areas and Tourist Routes.

The Battle Fields

The key towns on the Battlefields Route can be reached by a drive of between one and two hours from
Pietermaritzburg. For the uninitiated, the Battlefields Route covers an area once the focal point of major
military clashes over a 55 year time span, between Zulu's, Boers, Voortrekkers and the British and which
shaped the history of South Africa and changed the course of the British Empire.

The Majestic Drakensberg.

Only an hour from the city, the “Roof of Africa” and its stunning scenery awaits. Activities include hiking,
rock climbing or simply lazing around at one of the many splendid Berg resorts.

Many Outstanding Country Routes.

The well known “Midlands Meander” together with the “Boston Beat”, the “Sakabula Circuit” and the
“Sani Saunter”, provide a world of contrasting landscapes and interesting life-styles. A rural treasure of arts
and crafts shops, homely restaurants, country hotels and pubs, health hydros, scenic hiking trails, farm
resorts, Zulu culture, quaint bed and breakfast homes and country roadside stalls, cottage industries and
historical homes, provide the visitor with dozens of captivating ports of call.

The Natal Beaches.

A visit to the beautiful coastline of Kwazulu Natal is only an hour away.

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