Pietermaritzburg Tourism

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

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

    • Air Pollution 63.64 (High)
    • Water Pollution 84.09 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 68.18 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 88.64 (Very High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 43.18 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 70.45 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 81.82 (Very High)
  • How safe is Pietermaritzburg for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Pietermaritzburg.

    • Burglary and Theft 84.58 (Very High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 83.19 (Very High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 87.08 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 86.44 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 80 (Very High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 82.76 (Very High)
    • Attacks 83.05 (Very High)
    • Drug offense 79.66 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 27.92 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 8.75 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 72.92 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 76.25 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 83.47 (Very High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Pietermaritzburg is 113.97 (High)

    • Safety Index 17.52 (Very Low)
    • Climate Index 96.94 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 79.62 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28.33 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 42.18 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 38.19 (Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.09 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 80.43 (Moderate)
    • 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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.69 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 21.63 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 57.68 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 38.44 USD

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

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