One of the lesser discovered places in South Africa – Pietermaritzburg is the second largest city in the province of KwaZulu Natal. Have a look at some of the most interesting places you can visit here and the best things to do. This will help you plan an exciting travel itinerary for your trip to this lovely city.



Butterflies for Africa

This tropical wonderland is home to several fluttering butterflies, making you feel like you’re in an enchanted forest surrounded by these unbelievably beautiful creations of god! Apart from boasting a Butterfly House, with both exotic and indigenous butterflies, you will find the Butterfly Craft Shop, Coffee Bar, African Art and Craft Centre and Butterfly Nursery here. There’s also a Butterfly Garden planted with all kinds of butterfly foodplants.


Golden Horse Casino

This high octane casino is where the fun never stops; people come here from all over the world to try their luck at different slot machines! Also, they get treated to spectacular live performances and delicious meals at a variety of restaurants, serving mouth-watering international cuisine. The golden horses as well the fountain at the entrance add to the appeal of the place.


Kwa-Zulu Natal National Botanical Garden

Situated along the Mayor’s Walk in the western suburbs of Pietermaritzburg, this national botanical garden is an extremely beautiful place with a rich wildlife and stunning biodiversity. Plane Tree Avenue, Natural Forest, Insect Hotel, Clivia Dam and theme gardens such as the Zulu Demonstration Garden, Cycad Garden and Permaculture Garden are some of the attractions here you can explore.


Crafty Duck Farm

Crafty Duck promises an exciting, fun time to the guests in Pietermaritzburg. A great place for families, the farm has a range of animals that can be fed and petted by children. There’s also an animal sanctuary as well as a reptile park. Visit the sanctuary to observe how sick animals are nursed back to heath by the team here. Do visit the on-site restaurant and enjoy a scrumptious local meal.


KwaZulu-Natal Museum

KwaZulu-Natal Museum is a great place to learn about the history of mankind in south-eastern Africa as well as the natural world. The collection here is extremely interesting, with a terrific set of displays on regional archaeology, African culture, European settler history, seashells, insects and some forms of animal life. You will love the spectacular collections of Zulu craft objects here.


Tatham Art Gallery

The art gallery, established in the year 1903, is situated in an old historical building and is home to several works of art created by artists from different parts of the world. There are several different exhibits that you can witness here such as a collection of significant British and French artworks dating back to the 18th century.

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