One of the lesser discovered places in South Africa, Pietermaritzburg is the second largest city in the province of KwaZulu Natal with a lot to impress tourists with. Be it the City Hall – the largest all red-brick structure in the southern hemisphere or The Natal Witness – the oldest continuously published newspaper in the country, the city is known for them all in the entire country.
Here’s the list of some of the city’s amazing places travellers can explore for a lifetime experience in South Africa:
Butterflies for Africa
A paradise for nature lovers, Butterflies for Africa is a world-class Butterfly and Monkey House in Pietermaritzburg. It is a place where visitors would feel to be in a captivating forest surrounded by some amazing nature’s delights. You can take your kids along to the house and spend a beautiful day delighting in the beauty of both exotic and indigenous butterflies and discovering the Butterfly Craft Shop, Coffee Bar, Butterfly Nursery and African Art and Craft Centre here. A Butterfly Garden planted with all sorts of butterfly food plants is another major draw of the place.
Golden Horse Casino
Golden Horse Casino is one entertainment spot in the city where fun never ends. Tourists from all across the globe visit this high octane casino to try their luck at different slot machines. This glamorous and lively casino is one of the world’s two casinos situated on a race course, and hosts a wide range of shows and events. You will be treated here with spectacular live performances and delicious food at a variety of restaurants. There are also some excellent accommodation options close to the Casino to have a luxury stay.
Kwa-Zulu Natal National Botanical Garden
Located along the Mayor’s Walk in the western suburbs of Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal National Botanical Garden is a place to spend an ideal picnic day. You can discover here rich wildlife and stunning biodiversity, and can experience a unique grandeur and charm of the nature. Also known as Pietermaritzburg Botanical Garden, the garden presents nature’s authenticity around its attractions including Plane Tree Avenue, Natural Forest, Insect Hotel, Clivia Dam and theme gardens such as the Cycad Garden, Zulu Demonstration Garden, and Permaculture Garden.
Tatham Art Gallery
Established in the year 1903, Tatham Art Gallery is considered to be one of the top art museums of South Africa. The gallery is located in an old historical building and appeals to visitors with its several works of art created by artists from all across the globe. There are several different exhibits to discover including a collection of significant British and French artworks dating back to the 18th century. Once you are done with discovering the museum, you can move to Café Tatham for a hot cappuccino, a refreshing cold drink or a perfect lunch.
Ranging among the top national museums in South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal Museum is a great place to learn about the history of mankind in south-eastern Africa. History lovers would love to discover here a fine collection of displays on regional archaeology, African culture, seashells, European settler history, insects and some forms of animal life. The museum is also home to some of the spectacular collections of Zulu craft objects. Besides, the animal collection here representing the rich wildlife diversity of South Africa, from Dinosaurs to insects and tiny marine mollusks, is another major draw of the museum.