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Popular amenities for Pietermaritzburg vacation rentals

Stay near Pietermaritzburg's top sights

Liberty Midlands Mall10 locals recommend
Golden Horse Casino5 locals recommend
Cascades Lifestyle Centre8 locals recommend
KZN National Botanical Garden (PMB)7 locals recommend
Hilton Quarry Superspar9 locals recommend
Hayfields Mall3 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Pietermaritzburg

  • Total rentals

    410 properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    200 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    210 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    50 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    140 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    6.9K reviews

Your guide to Pietermaritzburg

All About Pietermaritzburg

Located in South Africa’s Msunduzi River Valley at the foot of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Pietermaritzburg mixes raw natural beauty with a deep cultural history. Known as the City of Flowers for its blaze of roses and azaleas growing in lush public gardens, the second-largest city in the province enjoys a rich Zulu culture expressed in the town’s galleries, museums, performance venues, and festivals. Pietermaritzburg is home to several natural reserves and parks with scenic hiking and biking trails through grassy plains and wetlands. People come here from around the region to observe wild animals in their natural habitat, including countless birds and butterflies, giraffes, zebras, and elephants. If you visit the city’s famous botanical gardens, be sure to check out the indigenous medicinal plants.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Pietermaritzburg

The best time to visit Pietermaritzburg is fall through winter, from March to August, when the weather is moderate with adequate sunlight and rainfall. If you are in Pietermaritzburg in May, hit up the five-day Art in the Park festival, a thrilling display of local creativity. The spring months between September and November are a beautiful time in Pietermaritzburg, when the city's gardens are blooming. The summer months from December to February are also a pleasant time to travel and you’ll usually encounter fewer people on the trails. Don’t miss Maritzburg Fantasia, a 10-day pre-Christmas celebration with performances, food, and children’s entertainment.

Top things to do in Pietermaritzburg

KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden

Pietermaritzburg Botanical Garden is a mesmerizing journey into the woods, where you’ll be able to see some rare and endangered species of plants. Spectacular clivias, tulips, and London plane trees decorate the path inside the garden. The deep green foliage contrasts with the blue sky and colorful flowers where over 150 species of birdlife and bees come for nectar and food.

KwaZulu-Natal Museum

Located in downtown Pietermaritzburg, the KwaZulu-Natal Museum is dedicated to providing an understanding of the history of southeastern Africa. With exhibits based on archaeology, African culture, and European settlements, the museum is the largest in the city and has been in operation for well over a century. It’s also home to the most significant collection of Zulu craft objects, and there are information plaques and guides to help you absorb everything the museum has to offer.

Nelson Mandela Capture Site

Outside the town of Howick, 30 minutes northwest of Pietermaritzburg, the famous anti-apartheid leader was apprehended in 1962 and spent the following 27 years imprisoned. The Nelson Mandela Capture Site and Visitor Centre memorializes the spot of his arrest and documents his life. To recognize the 50th anniversary of the arrest, a South African artist later created a striking memorial and likeness of the peace activist using 50 steel columns. You’ll also find hiking and biking trails near the site.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there family-friendly vacation rentals in Pietermaritzburg?

    Pietermaritzburg has more than 140 family-friendly stays. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • How much does it cost to stay in cottage rentals in Pietermaritzburg?

    Experience the best of Pietermaritzburg with our cottage rentals, starting at about $20 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Are there Pietermaritzburg vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 210 vacation homes with pools in Pietermaritzburg, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • Do guesthouse rentals in Pietermaritzburg have free parking?

    Absolutely! We offer over 80 guesthouse rentals with free parking in Pietermaritzburg. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Where should I stay in Pietermaritzburg?

    Make yourself at home in Pietermaritzburg by choosing from our most frequently booked neighborhoods. We have over 260 vacation rentals in Mountain Rise, over 130 vacation rentals in Mount Michael, and over 230 vacation rentals in Mkondeni.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Pietermaritzburg?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Pietermaritzburg. Choose from more than 50 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Do cottage rentals in Pietermaritzburg have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 cottage rentals with wifi in Pietermaritzburg. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do serviced apartment rentals in Pietermaritzburg have air conditioning?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 serviced apartment rentals with air conditioning in Pietermaritzburg. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do apartment rentals in Pietermaritzburg have a kitchen?

    Absolutely! We offer over 40 apartment rentals with a kitchen in Pietermaritzburg. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Pietermaritzburg?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 200 vacation rentals in Pietermaritzburg featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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