Top Attractions in Pietermaritzburg
What travellers are saying
- What a beautiful place to rest and unwind. Peaceful and relaxing. The place is well maintained and the Zebra room was spotlessly clean. I will be back!Written 3 August 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Tala game reserve has under gone a few changes since I was there last. I think dream resorts has taken charge of management and there are noticeable improvements. Firstly I feel the roads within the reserve are better and there is definitely more wildlife than there has been in years. If you have a chance to go for a guided game drive it is worth while. Our ranger told us that that morning there had been a herd of giraffe around figtree house.Written 10 September 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A great experience, and watching a falcon stoop onto a lure is awe-inspiring every time. The staff are very professional and the whole place is run with a passion and interest for the birds.Written 31 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I don’t think you can get better value for a few hours of entertainment and education for young children. Many of the exhibits were interactive and numerous staff were on hand to assist all over. There is ongoing improvements which is a sign of a healthy museum and the more traditional exhibits were well maintained. My 3 year old son especially loved the dinosaurs and marine sections. When we visited - May 2022, the entrance fee was R15 per adult. I don’t believe there is any better value for what we got in KZN. We intend visiting again in the next few months and absolutely recommend to all.Written 7 May 2022
- Having read the mixed reviews was cautiously optimistic. My family (including our dog) had a great half day outing. We chose to visit on a week day ensuring an almost exclusive experience. The gardens are lush right now and there was a high presence of gardeners tending to various sections. Due to COVID, not all areas were open including the restaurant and the touch plant section. The walk around was very pleasant on good paths and plenty of space to set up a picnic. Lots of birds especially on the small dams. Would definitely return.Written 31 January 2021
- Once upon a time there was a Parks Board in Natal, often underfunded, sometimes resented, but always staffed by dedicated people devoted to wildlife and nature. They managed a growing number of reserves in the province, many on a shoestring, offering only basics in terms of facilities, but one thing you could be sure of: whatever they managed would be protected, maintained, polished, cleaned and fixed with an almost manic attention to detail. For headquarters they had this park, which is set in the green hills rising above the once-gracious provincial capital. Here, in the 50s and 60s, a modern administrative centre was built, and around it, roads into the bush were paved, picnic spots were set up and interactive facilities installed. An auditorium was installed and species introduced to add to the game already there. There was a rhino enclosure, and some other animals were on live display. My grandmother would take us for picnics there, and school would take us for educational tours and films in the auditorium. Parks Board staff, many of whom I got to know over the years, had a fierce devotion to their task. But that was then; what about now? Well, I think if they could return, there are many things here which would horrify them, as would the state of many of the parks. Under time-serving cadre deployment in what has been renamed Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the roads have become potholed, the headquarters building needs a proper sprucing up, everything painted needs re-painting and the once-pristine bush is dotted with invader plants like lantana and bugweed. There is little sense of pride in the management of the surroundings, or indeed KZN's parks in general. If this is how they look after HQ, how well can they be managing the distant reserves? Departed old-timers would be ashamed to be associated with the sense of decay and general lack of care and attention to detail.
On the positive side, if you never knew it in its heyday, it's a nice enough place to go for a day out. The picnic sites and trails are marked and mowed and if you can handle the less-than-perfectly maintained toilet facilities a family picnic here can still be fun.Written 16 August 2020
- When you enter the building, there's a warm welcoming atmosphere. The works of art are extremely beautiful and amazing. The sculptures are well made and makes you realize how well crafted they are. There is a coffee shop where you can sit and enjoy a meal, while taking a break. There's lots to see. You will truly enjoy your visit, just as I did. I've been to the Gallery about 4 times already.Written 7 February 2020
- Convenient shopping mall with just about enough good stores to keep your trolley full. Entertainment is available for young and older children. Lovely selection of food outlets to choose from. Safe parking. Lots of walking though!Written 22 November 2019
- Easy access, a good green patch to stroll around in. Many people walking and relaxing while I was there. Pet friendly so take the dog with.
Worth a visit after a long day, or weekend picnics to get some fresh air.
I will visit again when in the area.Written 25 August 2020
- Beautiful escape to see Pietermaritzburg from a another perspective. Placed high on the foothill of Hilton, giving you a view of the sleepy hollow. Interesting to spot famous buildings. Great informative visit for the younger generation. Due to the rise of forestry a lot of the view is hampered. Still worth a visit. Scenic and very romantic.Written 23 March 2020
- Cascades has a Shoprite Checkers and large Woolworths Food. Five restaurants are located here, along with a variety of retail stores, pharmacy, optometrist, hairdresser, beauty salon etc. Adequate parking available. Across the road is a Post Office.
Behind the Centre is a MTB track, walking track and some picnic areas alongside the river.
Virgin Active gym is adjacent to the center.Written 31 March 2019
- Pleasantly surprised at the lovely quiet campsites at Bon Accorde next to Albert falls dam. Relatively well maintained.
Lovely shade trees.Written 5 April 2021
- It's a regular colonial style railway station, with Mahatma Gandhi's statue and a small museum. But for us from India, this is where he decided to start his fight against injustice, which ultimately led to him spearheading the fight for India's Independence.
There was a fashion shoot (! Yes, a fashion shoot!) the day we visited. The station was empty apart from the models, crew and us.
But as an Indian, it was a must see on my to do list. And no regrets at all.Written 6 January 2020
- A well kept monument to PMBs illustrious past, which houses a superb museum that is dedicated to the world renowned event
which signifies comeradery at the highest level. Well worth a visit if you love running and historical South African architecture.Written 13 February 2019
- I am pleased that the owners have plans to upgrade this educational destination. It could be an excellent destination for valid education on some incredible animals. The guides need to have a script with all the relative interesting facts about the exhibits. They were less than interested in being a guide.Written 26 February 2020
Frequently Asked Questions about Pietermaritzburg
- The best day trips from Pietermaritzburg according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Safari & PheZulu Village Day Tour from Durban
- Half Day Safari Tour from Durban
- Drakensberg Kamberg Rock Art & Mandela Capture Site Day Tour from Durban
- Drakensberg Giant's Castle Cave Art & Mandela Capture Site Tour from Durban
- Durban Day Safari
- The most popular things to do in Pietermaritzburg with children according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Cumberland Nature Reserve
- African Bird of Prey Sanctuary
- KwaZulu-Natal Museum
- Tala Private Game Reserve
- KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden