Set in the heart of the Natal Midlands in KwaZulu Natal, lies the beautiful and historic Pietermaritzburg - a city full of charm and a unique beauty - most notably when the azaleas bloom during spring.
Dating back to 1837, Pietermaritzburg is named after two Voortrekker leaders namely Piet Retief and Gerrit Maritz, and the settlers who set down roots in this incredible part of the country quickly fell in love with the natural beauty of the rolling hills and forests. Six years after their arrival, the British took over the town and turned it into a military garrison town and their influence can be seen all over the city from Victorian and Edwardian buildings, quaint pedestrian lanes and other landmarks.
The suburbs remain quiet, tree-lined and boast with a numerous amount of Victorian homes. Some of the most elite boarding schools are located here and thus makes it a perfect place to settle down with a family.
The city has a wide range of shops, hotels and restaurants, providing the ideal gateway to the exceptional country inns, recreational resorts and game reserves of the Midlands and the Drakensberg.