Pietermaritzburg is the capital of KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa. Aluminium is produced here as well as timber and dairy products. Pietermaritzburg accommodates amazing sports events, a yearly outdoor festival and an agricultural show. The hotels, clubs, restaurants and guest houses serve for every need of a visitor.
This city is often called 'the last outpost of the British Empire'. It's not really true but it does have a genteel English country aura. Situated in a hollow surrounded by hills, Pietermaritzburg is just short of 100 kilometres (62 miles) from Durban, with which it has very intimate ties.
These are most notable in two very tough races, which are run between the cities. The Comrades Marathon is 98 kilometres (61 miles) long and follows the old national road. The other race isthe Dusi Canoe Marathon, which is run on the Umsinduzi River every year.
For those who want a natural experience, Pietermaritzburg can cater for that too. The city is still a fine example of Victorian style. So, there is alot for any visitor to see and do in the city. It also serves as a medium of going on the Battlefields Route or the Drakensberg Mountains.
An interesting monument is the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the spot where he was arrested for riding in a 'whites only' train carriage. He claimed that his career of passive resistance started then.