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The Comrades Marathon, an annual Pietermaritzburg to Durban or Durban to Pietermaritzburg event, is the world's oldest and largest ultra-marathon road race.
Pietermaritzburg-Midlands is the region between the magnificent Drakensberg mountains and the eThekwini-Durban metro. Pietermaritzburg is a deeply historical city, and as such exploring its museums, historical routes and perfectly preserved Victorian architecture rate as top Pietermaritzburg activities.
Art galleries, antique stores, an African-inspired shopping mall and the surrounding Midlands Meander tourism route are all popular Pietermaritzburg attractions to include on your Pietermaritzburg-Midlands itinerary.
Pietermaritzburg was founded by the Voortrekkers (Dutch-speaking colonists who moved from the Cape to the interior) in 1838 and was once the capital of the Boer (Dutch-speaking farmers) republic, Natalia.
It is regarded as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent resistance, satyagraha, as it was here that he decided to fight racial discrimination against Indians after being forcefully removed from a train for sitting in a first-class carriage.
Investigate this heritage on an historical walking tour, or visit the Natal Museum, Voortrekker Museum or Macrorie House. The Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens, Garden of Remembrance and Church Street mall with its African Arts and Crafts Centre also make for interesting day trips.
Beyond the city limits, the Victorian-inspired streets give way to beautiful countryside, characterised by rivers, farms, nature reserves and lush green hills that roll away to the Drakensberg mountains.
This is the home of the Midlands Meander, South Africa's first arts and crafts tourism route. The meander is scenic and bursts with attractions, featuring almost 200 destinations offering everything from handmade arts and crafts and homemade treats to world-class accommodation. Explore studios and galleries, country kitchens and homesteads and experience the true warmth of South African hospitality.
The midlands also feature a wealth of natural attractions. Visit the Midmar Dam and enjoy a picnic, lakeside walks and watersports, or pop in at the Albert Falls Dam Nature Reserve and go for a game drive, game walk or a spot of bass fishing.
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Who to contact
KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Authority:
Tel: +27 (0) 31 366 7500