In the heart of the Natal Midlands in KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg is convenient for travellers who want to explore this part of the country.
It is a city of charm and dignity, and at its loveliest in spring, masses of azaleas burst into bloom. When the first Voortrekkers arrived in 1837, they discovered a tranquil countryside graced with forests, hills and valleys. They settled on a fertile land beside the Umsindusi River and named it after two of their leaders, Gerrit Maritz and Piet Retief.
Today, numerous Victorian and Edwardian buildings, quaint pedestrian lanes, shady, tree-lined suburbs, spacious red brick bungalows and upper-crust boarding schools reinforce the colonial ambience of “The Last Outpost of the British Empire”.
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