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Discover Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg is known for being the capital city of South Africa’s diverse and beautiful KwaZulu-Natal Province and as a convenient stop over base when exploring the region. It is loved as a convenient business hub and for its surroundings - the green forests, pastures and rolling hills of the Natal Midlands. The Midlands are a playground for mountain bikers, nature-lovers and craft–loving shoppers who amble along the Midlands Meander. Pietermaritzburg is centrally located between Durban and Johannesburg, close to the Drakensberg Mountains and to various game reserves.

Pietermaritzburg Airport is not congested, offers affordable parking and no bussing is needed to and from the aircraft. It makes for a hassle-free travel experience. It’s convenient for business or leisure in Pinetown, Kloof, Hillcrest, Hilton, Howick and the Midlands.

For your return journey, fly back to Johannesburg and travel beyond with Airlink to other key leisure and business destinations.

Read more about Pietermaritzburg:

Kloof of Life, written by Gillian McLaren for AA Traveller Magazine

Direct Flights to Pietermaritzburg with Airlink

Connecting you to Pietermaritzburg with direct flights from Johannesburg.


Pietermaritzburg is a convenient business hub, with several museums and nature reserves. It hosts one of South Africa's impressive National Botanical Gardens and is a good stopover before heading out to the Natal Midlands and Drakensberg region.

What to do in Pietermaritzburg

Cumberland Nature Reserve

Cumberland Nature Reserve

Cumberland is a Private Nature Reserve slightly East of Pietermaritzburg. This reserve is popular among wildlife lovers and in particular, among birders. The Nature Reserve has over 300 bird species and so you are sure to come across several rare species.

  • National Botanical Gardens

    National Botanical Gardens

    As one of South Africa’s ten national gardens, the Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens possess the charm and class that any visitor is looking for. The Botanical Gardens focus on the conservation of national plants and this will be a great experience for nature lovers.

  • Natal Museum

    Natal Museum

    The Natal Museum is one of the five national museums in South Africa. Not only is the experience educational and insightful, but the beauty of the building itself will be a sight for fans of unique architecture.

Airlink Connects you to Pietermaritzburg

Airlink connects you to Pietermaritzburg with direct flights from Johannesburg. Known as the capital city of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, Pietermaritzburg offers an ideal base from which to explore the area.