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Top Choice Museum in Pietermaritzburg

KwaZulu-Natal Museum

This impressive museum has a range of well-curated displays reflecting a diversity of cultures, including settler history, war records, stuffed birds and marine life. The hall of African mammals is particularly stun…
Top Choice Gallery in Pietermaritzburg

Tatham Art Gallery

In keeping with Pietermaritzburg’s self-styled role as a heritage city, one of its finest sights, the art gallery, was started in 1903 by Mrs Ada Tatham. Housed in the beautiful Old Supreme Court, it contains a fine…
Top Choice Historic Site in The Midlands

Nelson Mandela Capture Site

On 5 August 1962, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was captured by apartheid police on the R103 outside of Howick. This would mark the start of his 27 years of incarceration. In 2012 a monument was installed here in the fo…
Indian in Pietermaritzburg

Tandoor

Durban enjoys most of the glory when it comes to Indian food, but Tandoor helps Pietermaritzburg give it a run for its money. Takeaway is best as the dining area is nothing special, but the food is absolutely flavou…
Arts Centre in The Midlands

Ardmore Ceramic Studio

This extraordinary gallery was started by artist Fée Halset-Berning in 1985. She trained Bonnie Ntshalintsahli, the daughter of a farm employee. Sadly, Bonnie has since passed away, but the studio flourished, firstl…
Cafe in The Midlands

Cafe Bloom

One of the nicest cafes in the area. Located in a small complex with a garden, this homely, funky place is decked out in a melange of retro decor. You’ll find great coffee, snacks and all-day breakfasts, and all pro…
Arts Centre in The Midlands

Dargle Valley Pottery

Started by famous South African potter Ian Glenny, this old-school, ‘70s-style pottery place is at the earthy and rural end of Ardmore's range of arts centres but no less captivating for that. You can wander through…
International in Pietermaritzburg

Rosehurst

This delightful oasis, in a lovely Victorian house behind a rather chintzy gift shop, is a quintessential English garden in the middle of ‘Maritzburg – complete with topiary trees and quaint chairs and tables. Relax…
International in Pietermaritzburg

Mo-G's Restaurant

A new addition to the Pietermaritzburg dining scene, Mo-G's Restaurant has already developed a reputation as one of the best fine-dining establishments in the city. Here classics such as lamb shanks and duck confit …
Gardens in Pietermaritzburg

KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden

Spread over 4200 sq metres, these gardens have exotic species and indigenous mist-belt flora. Guided tours are offered on weekdays and there's a weekly farmers market here on Saturday mornings from 6am. It's located…