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Vacation rentals in Pietermaritzburg

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Popular amenities for Pietermaritzburg vacation rentals

Stay near Pietermaritzburg's top sights

Liberty Midlands Mall10 locals recommend
Pietermaritzburg City Hall5 locals recommend
Artisan27 locals recommend
Taste of Thai22 locals recommend
Crossways Pub & Restaurant19 locals recommend
The Upper Millstone18 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Pietermaritzburg

  • Total rentals

    410 properties

  • Total number of reviews

    6.9K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    130 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    50 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    190 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    200 properties have a dedicated workspace

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 130 family-friendly stays. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

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

    Experience the best of Pietermaritzburg with our guesthouse rentals, starting at about $10 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 190 vacation homes with pools in Pietermaritzburg, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • Do private suite rentals in Pietermaritzburg have free parking?

    Absolutely! We offer over 40 private suite 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 130 vacation rentals in Mount Michael, over 260 vacation rentals in Mountain Rise, and over 220 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 house rentals in Pietermaritzburg have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 60 house rentals with wifi in Pietermaritzburg. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do apartment rentals in Pietermaritzburg have air conditioning?

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

  • Do private suite rentals in Pietermaritzburg have a kitchen?

    Absolutely! We offer over 30 private suite 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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