Pietermaritzburg & The Midlands

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The city in the countryside

From the farmlands in the Midlands to the bustling city of Pietermaritzburg, this region of KwaZulu-Natal is packed with history, outdoor adventures, entertainment and accommodation. A day out in the Midlands is a must when visiting this region!

Pietermaritzburg is set amidst the forested hills and rolling countryside of the Natal-Midlands, one of the most picturesque areas in the province. Pietermaritzburg is one of the best-preserved Victorian cities in the world and is the administrative capital of the province, conveniently situated between Durban and Johannesburg.

Pietermaritzburg, founded in 1838, is the capital of KwaZulu-Natal and the second largest city in the province. A thriving, modern city that has carried its history fully into the present, yet still encompasses a picturesque country feel. Pietermaritzburg plays host to spectacular sports events, annual outdoor festivals and an agricultural show without parallel in South Africa. Hotels, nightclubs, restaurants and accommodation establishments cater for every need. Pietermaritzburg is a dynamic commercial, educational and industrial center with many companies relocating here.

The Midlands takes you through the rolling green countryside, where venues that offer everything from handmade crafts, art galleries and wine cellars to inviting restaurants, children’s animal farms and adventure activities, await your every need.

The Natal Midlands stretches from Mooi River in the lower foothills of the majestic Drakensberg, to the city of Pietermaritzburg. The Midlands Meander is the renowned arts and crafts trail that brims with amazing sights, sounds and activities.

The accommodation and entertainment in the Midlands and Pietermaritzburg are varied enough to suit any preference and it is still possible to stay in one of the original old hotels, or in an up-market Bed and Breakfast. Whichever you choose, it promises to be a memorable stay.

Pietermaritzburg & The Midlands Map

Mid-Summer temperatures: 18 to 30°C
Mid-Winter temperatures: 6 to 24°C


Howick – Merrivale – Hilton – Lions River – Rosetta – Kamberg – Lidgeton – Curry’s Post – Mooi River – Nottingham Road – Pietermaritzburg

Places to Visit

  • African Bird of Prey Sanctuary

  • Bisley Valley Nature Reserve

  • Cumberland Private Nature Reserve

  • Howick Falls

  • Karkloof Canopy Tours

  • Karkloof Conservancy

  • Karkloof Farmers Market

  • KwaZulu-Natal Museum

  • Midlands Meander

  • Midmar Dam

  • Natal Zoological Gardens

  • Nelson Mandela Capture Site

  • Pietermaritzburg Model Engineering Society

  • Tala Collection Game Reserve

  • Tatham Art Gallery

  • The KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden

  • The Natal Lion Park

Annual Events

  • Comrades Marathon - June 13, 2022

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