Pietermaritzburg Tourism, South Africa

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An abode of Voortrekkers and named after their leaders, Piet Retief and Gerrit Maritz, Pietermaritzburg was soon turned into a Victorian town by the British, reflected even today in the architecture and the layout of the town.

Now, capital of Kwazulu-Natal, it is home to some of the most beautiful attractions in the City and surroundings – City Hall, Tatham Art Gallery and Pietermaritzburg railway station, also the spot where Gandhi became a victim of racial discrimination!

Pietermaritzburg serves as a perfect base to explore Midlands. Stock up on the supplies, medicines and other necessities and find a good accommodation to rest and relax before proceeding on your journey to Midlands. Enjoy water sports at the Midmar Dam or explore the scenic surroundings through horse-riding, trekking and biking. Inspire the artist in you at numerous art studios, get your camera rolling at flower and herb gardens and weavers, sample some of the best home-made cheese and cater to your spiritual side at Buddhist Retreat Centre – one of the top 10 meditation sites in the world!

Visit Pietermaritzburg tourism office for maps and brochures. You can also get information about accommodation and transportation facilities

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Facts and Stats for Pietermaritzburg*

  • Pollution Statistics in Pietermaritzburg

    Know the pollution level of Pietermaritzburg before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 62.5 (High)
    • Water Pollution 84.38 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 71.88 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 90.63 (Very High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 71.88 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 81.25 (Very High)
  • Pietermaritzburg: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Pietermaritzburg for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Pietermaritzburg.

    • Burglary and Theft 85.91 (Very High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 84.72 (Very High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 87.73 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 87.5 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 80.45 (Very High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 83.02 (Very High)
    • Attacks 84.26 (Very High)
    • Drug offense 79.63 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 25.45 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 7.73 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 73.18 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 76.36 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 84.72 (Very High)
  • Living in Pietermaritzburg - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 16.87 (Very Low)
    • Climate Index 96.94 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 80.82 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28.33 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 25 (Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.6 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Pietermaritzburg

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Pietermaritzburg

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.12 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.88 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 23.79 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 64.42 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 39.66 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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