Things to do in Pietermaritzburg (within 90min drive)

 

Here is a list of some things you can do that are in, or at least very close to Pietermaritzburg:

 

  • Tala Game reserve on Eston road (see rhinos, giraffe, zebra, hippos ... then picnic next to the swimming pool)

  • Midlands meander drive ... eat Belgian chocolates, see Mandela's capture site & museum, shop for local products at Piggly Wiggly Country Village or for shoes at Born in Africa

  • Midlands lunch at one of the manylovely scenic restaurants (Il Postino, Tumble Downs, La Lampara)

  • Karkloof canopy tours (8 ziplines over indigenous forest) & visit the Blue & Wattled crane conservation centre on your way home

  • Umgeni River Valley Nature Reserve walks (zebra, kudu, impala & picnic next to the river)

  • African Bird of Prey sanctuary - bird shows overlooking the valley of a thousand hills (Lion Park road)

  • Sunny day on the beach (Durban, Umhlanga, Scottburgh)

  • Underwater wreck & reef dives (Umkomaas) - lots of ragged tooth sharks & manta rays

  • Magestic Drakensberg Mountains - day hike to a cave or just enjoy the view (Highmoor, Kamberg, Underberg are the closest)

  • Best mountain biking in South Africa (hundreds of kms of single track ... Cascades, Hilton, Karkloof, Howick)

  • Walk & picnic in Queen Elizabeth Park or Ferncliff Nature Reserves (in Pmb, nice views & bit of game)

  • Marutswa Forest boardwalk in Bulwer (great guides & see the elusive Cape Parrot)

  • Howick Falls (95m high) then enjoy view of them from Yellowood Cafe on the other side of the valley (on the Karkloof road)

  • Ushaka Marine World Aquarium & Water Park (& visit the Moses Mabida stadium while you're in Durban)

  • Karkloof or Shongweni Farmer's market early on Sat mornings

  • Picnic & swimming at Midmar or Albert Falls Dam (swim the Midmar Mile in February)

  • Umgeni Steam Railway (Kloof - Gillits - Kloof) last Sunday of the month

  • Sundowners overlooking the Umgeni river from Hilton College estate

  • Dinner at Tandoor, Olive & Oil, Traffords ...

  • Lunch at Flavour cafe (Warwick road), Rosehurst (Boom street), Coffeeberry (Cascades)

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