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Pietermaritzburg and Midlands
Helpful Hints to Remember When Visiting Pietermaritzburg & Midlands

Climate

The area has a wonderfully mild climate, and is a summer rainfall area, with dry winters. These conditions make the entire area Malaria free and perfectly safe to travel to at all times of the year.

Whilst the weather is generally predictable, it is possible to experience all four seasons in a day at any time of the year, so always have a set of warm clothes packed just in case.
November- February: Summer Hot days 28-33 degrees Celsius, warm nights 12-18 degrees Celsius, with afternoon thunderstorms.

March-May: Autumn Warm days 22-28 degrees Celsius, mild nights 10-16 degrees Celsius. Rare thunderstorms.

June-August: Winter Mild days 12-20 degrees Celsius, cold nights 0-10 degrees Celsius. No rain except for occasional snow.

September-October: Spring Mild to cold days and nights 8-20 degrees Celsius. Mist and drizzle prevalent.

Distances in km from Pietermaritzburg to

Dundee 196
Durban 77km
Eshowe 222km
Estcourt 88km
Greytown 73km
Harrismith 233km
Hluhluwe 376km
Howick 18km
Kokstad 191km
Ladysmith 158km
Matatiele 264km
Newcastle 256km
Port Edward 217km
Port Shepstone 173km
Richards bay 272km
Stanger 153km
Ulundi 312km
Underberg 122km
Vryheid 266km

Banking

Banking hours are from Monday to Friday 09h00-15h30 and Saturday 08h30-11h00. Automated teller machines (ATMs) operate 24 hours and can be found in most shopping centres. The specific banks that are found in this area are Standard Bank, ABSA, Nedbank and First National.

Credit Cards

Most departmental stores, shops, hotels and restaurants accept international credit cards i.e. American Express,VISA, Diners Club, Mastercard.

Currency

The currency in South Africa is the Rand. Bank notes currently available are R200, R100, R50, R10 and coins of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c, and 1c. There are 100c in R1.

VAT

14% tax is charged on most purchased goods and services. However, foreign tourists are able to reclaim this money on their departure from the country provided that the goods purchased exceeds R250. Ask for more information at the airport on arrival.

Essentials to pack

- Light cotton clothing (shorts, short sleeve shirt) - Hat
- Sunscreen
- Sunglasses
- Swimming costume
- Binoculars
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Camera and lots of film

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City Albert Falls & Cramond
Crammond - Albert Falls area

The Albert Falls Dam is situated a mere 20kms from Pietermaritzburg and is rated as one of the best bass fishing dams in the world. The area boasts an abundance of bird life, game viewing enthusiasts have a choice of seeing nature on foot or from game viewing vehicles. Amongst the scenic views and cultural attractions popular family activities include water skiing, para-sailing, canoeing and fishing. Come and amble with us either as a day visitor or staying in one of our Lodges, B&Bs, self-catering units or camping and caravanning sites


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City Boston, Bulwer and Surrounds
There's absolutely no mistaking the pristine, inviting surrounds of Boston and Bulwer for anything but a long-established seat of pastoral plenty - the luxuriant, generously watered grazing meadows and impressive forests a perfect setting for picturesque settlements that beckon with our hallmark hospitality. These open doors lead to the entire spectrum of holiday accommodation, from quaint country hotels, guesthouses, farms and B&Bs, to rustic self-catering cottages, backpack lodges and campsites.

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City Dalton & New Hanover
This little piece of Germany is surrounded by hamlets of definitive origin Harburg, Kirchdorf, New Hanover, Lillienthal, Schroeders and Hermannsburg. Wartburg itself is named after the castle in Eisenach where Dr Martin Luther translated the bible into German and the village crest also depicts the immigrants arrival by sailing ship, the Luther Rose and the call to pray and work.

New Hanover is a small town in the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa which was established in the 1850s by German cotton planter families. Today this area's principal economy is the sugarcane industry, while the farming of fruits, grains and timber also feature prominently.

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City Eston
Eston is situated in the South-East corner of the Pietermaritzburg and midlands region of KwaZulu-Natal. Towns close by include Pietermaritzburg and Ixopo. Eston almost borders Durban and the South Coast.

Attractions in the area and neighbouring areas include the Natal Museum, The Pavilion shopping centre, the Golden Horse Casino, the Umngeni Steam railway, The Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve, the Umngeni River Bird Park, The Workshop and Tala Private Game Reserve.

Tala Private Game Reserve is situated on Umlaas Road in Eston, amongst many things This Reserve has great Conference facilities available including these venues : Paperbark Conference Room, Paperbark Restaurant, Leadwood Lodge, La Tala Resturant, Aloe Lodge Conference Room, Boma (at Aloe Lodge), Acacia, Figtree, Rock Pool Area, and the Marula Education Centre.

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City Greytown
Voortrekkers laid out this picturesque country town in the 1850s...using the neat grid system first employed at Pietermaritzburg. Centre of an early magisterial district and therefore a seat of power - albeit a lesser one - Greytown played 'Little Elephant' - in Zulu cultural reference - to Pietermaritzburg's 'Place of the Elephant'.

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City Howick & Surrounds
Howick is in the heart of the uMngeni Municipal region and hub of the Midlands. It is known as the place of many waterfalls for it is here that the uMngeni River and its tributaries tumble down gorges and over precipices on a journey to the Indian Ocean, some 95 km to the east.

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City Ixopo & Surrounds
Ixopo was surveyed in 1878 and was initially called Stuartstown, the Zulu name however prevailed...thanks to its perfect example of onomatopoeia - the sound of cattle squelching through the mud - provided, of course, you pronounce it with the correct 'click'! This implied dampness refers in the main to often misty altitudes of almost 2 000m above sea level.

Two 19th century churches and a seminary are still operational...while two other landmarks further enhance the area's spiritual tradition and reputation - a floodlit cross bestowing peace and goodwill on the town and, at the nearby Buddhist Retreat Centre, a tall reliquary radiating wisdom and compassion to the valleys below.

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City Kranskop & Hermmansburg
The tiny village of Kranskop dates back to 1894, when it was called Hopetown - only to be renamed with the Afrikaans-language description of a striking rocky landmark on the nearby escarpment. Hermannsburg is a small village which was established by German Missionaries in 1854.
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City Mooi River & surrounds
Mooi River is a Midlands farming town and also gateway to the wonderful central Drakensberg Mountain areas. An important village that is found in the close vicinity of Mooi River is Rosetta.
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City Mpophomeni
Mpophomeni is a small 'township' community on the outskirts of Howick, which offers a memorable township tourism experience.
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City Nottingham Road & Surrounds
Nottingham Road is known as the 'heart' of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander due to its second-to-none hospitality in truly beautiful surroundings, plus wide-ranging accommodation, function facilities, fascinating local calendar of events, invigorating outdoor recreation, adrenalin-pumping adventure sports, historic landmarks, wildlife conservation, shop-till-you-drop arts 'n crafts, Pie-eyed Possum and friends.
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City Pietermaritzburg & Surrounds
Having crossed over the Drakensberg Mountain range into Zulu territory on their Great Trek from British dominion in the Cape Colony, Boer settlers earmarked this site as their capital-to-be, and in 1838 laid the foundation of a neat grid of streets and lanes of Pietermaritzburg. Rival British expansionists were a safe distance away at Port Natal-Durban and the surrounding tribes were predominantly scatterlings the result of King Shaka's empire-building exploits who posed no threat. It was from this fledgeling settlement that Pieter Retief embarked on his ill-fated journey to negotiate for land with Shaka's co-assassin and heir, King Dingane.
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City Richmond & Byrne
Richmond has become an important seat of local government, in addition to serving the educational, business and transport needs of the surrounding community.


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City Wartburg
This little piece of Germany is surrounded by hamlets of definitive origin - Harburg, Kirchdorf, New Hanover, Lillienthal, Schroeders and Hermannsburg. Wartburg itself is named after the castle in Eisenach where Dr Martin Luther translated the bible into German...and the village crest also depicts the immigrants' arrival by sailing ship, the Luther Rose and the call to 'pray and work'.


 
 
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