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Getting there & away

Pietermaritzburg airport, also known as the Oribi airport, is 6km southeast of the city and private taxis are available. SAAirlink (386 92861), with an office at the airport, flies to Jo’burg daily (US$114).

Bus companies Greyhound, Translux, SA Roadlink, Luxliner and Intercape offer similar prices depending on the level of onboard services. Destinations offered include Jo’burg (US$17 to US$27, six to seven hours), Cape Town (US$54, 22 hours), Pretoria (US$26, seven to eight hours), Port Elizabeth (US$42, 15 hours) and Durban (US$7 to US$24, 1½ hours).

Cheetah Coaches (342 4444) runs daily (US$8) between Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Durban International Airport. Sani Pass Carriers (701 1017; spc@y.co.za) runs buses up into the southern Drakensberg. The Baz Bus (in Durban 031-304 9099; www.bazbus.com) travels between Durban and Pietermaritzburg twice a week.