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Pietermaritzburg is located in the southeastern part of South Africa, and is the capital of the province of KwaZulu-Natal.The town has approx. 600,000 inhabitants (2010), and is often referred to simply as “Maritzburg” or “PMB”.
Pietermaritzburg was founded in 1838 and stands today as a vibrant and modern African city. There are universities, museums, art galleries, great shopping, markets, restaurants and entertainment venues.
The city is surrounded by wooded hills and rolling countryside, in the city’s lush vegetation in parks and gardens. A popular tourist attraction in Pietermaritzburg is the botanical garden.
Other city sights include Museum Tatham Art Gallery – with oil paintings, skulptuer and beadwork. The site also has an impressive collection of British and French artists from 1800 – and 1900’s. The most famous is Degas, Picasso, Matisse and Renoir.
In addition, Natal Museum is worth a visit, where through his exhibition gets knowledge of the South African heritage.
From Pietermaritzburg is a short distance to several nature reserves and national parks.
The nearest airport is Pietermaritzburg Airport, located 6.3 km south of downtown. The airport has domestic flights to Johannesburg .
Durban International Airport, located 82 km south of Pietermaritzburg, has multiple destinations – both at home and abroad.