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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 a thoroughly South African city. Laid out by Dutch
settlers in 1838, it became the capital of the British Colony of Natal in
1856. In that same year a Christian Mission was established in what was to
become Georgetown, and the first landowning Black community in our
Indian labourers and traders also made their way to the city in the second
half of the nineteenth century.
During the twentieth century, despite being labeled "The Last Outpost
of the British Empire", our
city also became home to vibrant so-called Coloured and Afrikaans-speaking
Our city was the birthplace of major events: the Comrades Marathon; the
Duzi Marathon; the Midmar Mile; and the Royal Show, have grown into
nationally, and even internationally, significant events.
Pretorius House The
newest addition to the Voortrekker Museum complex is the reconstructed
thatched-roof double-story house of Andries Pretorius, the victor of
Blood River. It was originally built at Edendale, near the city, in
1846 on the farm "Welverdient".
bandstand alongside the Oval in the Park was built in 1892 from funds
subscribed by the citizens to commemorate the service of British
military units at Fort Napier.
Victorian Building A high
character Victorian building with a veranda over the sidewalk on two
sides supported by cast-iron columns. The main gable facing Chapel
Street is decorated in the "Magpie" Tudor Style. The date
1901 appears on a pane ion the first floor of the Pietermaritz Street
Napier Dates back to 1843
when it was the British military headquarters in Natal. Interesting
artillery pieces are mounted in the grounds. The mess hall, complete
with clock tower, was erected "temporarily" after being
transported from India in 1899 during the South African War.
Temple The main Hindu Temple
in Pietermaritzburg is the Sri Siva Soobramoniar and Marriamen Temple
in lower Longmarket Street. Established in 1898, the temple is the
focal point of the annual Firewalking Festival held annually on Good
various Nature Reserves and and Game Parks in the area where
you can go bird watching and game viewing.
and culture in the many galleries and theatres in the town
Museum and J&J Stained Glass Co. Get an
idea of how the early settlers lived. From furniture and medicine to
sangomas and squatter houses.
Natal Railway Museum A collection of old steam trains, coaches and wagons and most aspects of steam and train travel in KwaZulu-Natal. Artifacts from 1860, books and photos are on display.
Comrades Marathon House This Museum houses the official trophies, photographic and press releases and histories of the Comrades Marathon
Macrorie House Museum This is the only mid Victorian (1863 - 1880) double storey house that is open to the public in Pietermaritzburg. Furnished in Victorian style furniture and artifacts, the house is exquisitely maintained and historical.
Voortrekker Museum What used to be the Longmarket Girls' School, until 1972, is now the main building for the Voortrekker Museum. 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 Voortrekker Museum.
Botanical Gardens and Zulu Muthi Garden
game viewing and bird watching in the various parks and reserves
and BBQ's among the wildlife in some of the reserves
day hiking trail from Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve at the foot of
the Howick Falls and finishes at the Karkloof Falls. See white rhino,
buffalo, giraffe and much more
short and long guided or unguided trails can be found in the
and pony rides
There is a
wide range of sporting facilities available for almost every
type of sport, as well as watersports