Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second largest city in KwaZulu-Natal. It is known for its charm, dignity and its historical aspect, mainly thanks to the collection of Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Centrally situated between Durban and Johannesburg, near the Drakensberg and several game reserves, Pietermaritzburg is a convenient stop over and base to explore KwaZulu-Natal. Not sure what to do there? Here’s a list of 4 things you need to do when you visit Pietermaritzburg.
Visit Butterflies for Africa
Butterflies for Africa is a world class Butterfly and Monkey House in Pietermaritzburg.
Walk through the Butterfly House and get up close and personal, as you roam around the greenhouse and spot butterflies from all across the world wearing various colours. The butterfly enclosure is also home to a number of beautiful tropical birds and a monkey enclosure where visitors may see the rare cotton-top tamarin monkey.
Pietermaritzburg botanical gardens
Take a stroll or have a picnic at the Pietermaritzburg botanical gardens, which hosts rare fauna and flora. Established in the 1870's the Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens are one of 8 national botanical gardens in South Africa. Placed on an ancient floodplain and hillside on the edge of a mist belt, the botanical gardens are filled with lush vegetation and brightly coloured seasonal blooms. Features include a medicinal garden, nursery, shop, Saturday morning farmers market, and restaurants. Over 150 species of birds have been recorded.
Golden Horse Casino
One of the most popular casinos in KwaZulu-Natal, Golden Horse Casino is a glamorous and lively casino offering an extensive scope of entertainment. It hosts many shows and events and is one of the two casinos in the world that is situated on a race course. A variety of dining options are available as well as excellent accommodation establishments nearby.
The Midlands Meander is a collection of tourist routes in KwaZulu-Natal offering stunning accommodation, arts and crafts, fine cuisine and so much more! Quaint family run coffee shops, herb gardens, breweries, and art galleries keep the body and mind nourished, while the magnificent landscape and natural beauty of forests, waterfalls and meandering drives will leave anyone with a sense of peace and tranquillity.
The capital of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa has a lot to offer, despite being a quaint little town and is the perfect destination for family and friends. If you’re looking for exciting job opportunities in South Africa, make sure you click through to our job section.