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Car Hire at Pietermaritzburg Airport

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About Pietermaritzburg Airport

Also known as Oribi Airport, Pietermaritzburg Airport is located in the middle of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. It operates regular flights to Johannesburg. Pietermaritzburg, the capital of Kwazulu-Natal, is renowned for its history and architecture.

About Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg is KwaZulu-Natal's capital and second-biggest city. Its Zulu name is umGungundlovu, but it is popularly referred to as Maritzburg in both English and Zulu, and often abbreviated colloquially to PMB. Among Pietermaritzburg's attractions are the Natal Museum, Tatham Art Gallery, City Hall and SANBI Botanical Gardens.

Pietermaritzburg: Gateway to the Majestic Midlands

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The process was easy and seamless. The car as anticipated. No problems whatsoever, will use again for sure

Tony Walsh, Aug-2012

Well done on a professional service with great pricing..Had a wonderful time in South Africa. Thank you Nova

Graham Cartwright, Jul-2012

Well done once more. Had a fabulous holiday in South Africa with a great rental. Looking forward to booking with Nova again

Larry P Donaldson, Jan-2012

Just a note to say how good the arrangements were in South Africa. We picked up an 8 seater minibus from National at Port Elizabeth and dropped it off in Cape Town. The staff at PE were quick, efficient and very pleasant. We had a little problem at Cape Town when we picked up a smaller car as the agent could not understand the paperwork and thought we had no insurance cover provided. We eventually sorted it our and apart from that everything went great.

Ken and Ann Lane, Nov-2011

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Pietermaritzburg: Gateway to the Majestic Midlands

Hi! My name is Katherine, born and raised in Kerry, Ireland. I have travelled the world in search of sun, fun, and excitement. Some of my favourite spots include Spain, Italy, and North Africa.

KwaZulu-Natal’s capital city is worth a visit in its own right, but it’s once you hit the open road and explore its surroundings that the magic really happens.

Many people are surprised that it’s Pietermaritzburg, and not its bigger, bolder sister Durban, that holds the honour of being the capital of KwaZulu-Natal. Once you visit the city, you’ll understand why. Maritzburg, as it’s commonly known, is the region’s industrial hub, home to aluminium plants and surrounded by forests where trees are harvested for paper and pastures where dairy cattle graze. It’s home to the University of KwaZulu-Natal ; a famous statue of the legendary campaigner for peace and equality, Mahatma Gandhi; a beautiful botanical garden; and a museum dedicated to what is perhaps the world’s most famous long-distance race, the Comrades Marathon. Oh – and it has one of South Africa’s largest Indian populations, so there are great curry restaurants galore. So it may seem puzzling that most visitors to the city spend very little time there – but that’s only if you haven’t seen how much there is to discover in the surrounding area.


The Anglo-Zulu War is a part of British colonial history that most people would prefer to forget. The bloody conflict was waged in 1879 between the British Empire and the Zulu kingdom, led by Cetshwayo, nephew of the legendary Shaka. Today, the battlefields  of Blood River, Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Colenso and Spioenkop are, for the most part, carefully preserved, many with fascinating on-site museums. There’s enough to see here to provide the basis for an entire holiday, but even if time is tight, a visit to at least one of these fascinating and poignant sites is a must.


Even the name Drakensberg ( “dragon mountains”) is thrilling, although sanguine locals generally refer to the area as “the Berg”. Some of South Africa’s most stunning scenery is to be found here, in the country’s highest mountain range. If you love the outdoors, you’ll find something to do here at any time of the year – hot-air ballooning, white-water rafting, hiking, mountain-biking, trout-fishing, even skiing, if the weather is right. But many people visit the Berg with the intention of doing nothing but relaxing – admiring the glorious views over sundowners, enjoying delicious gourmet food, or being pampered in one of the many luxury spa hotels.


It’s no surprise that this stunning part of the world has proved a magnet for artists in everything from painting to sculpture and stained glass to needlework. If you love looking at and buying beautiful hand-made treasures, you’ll find as much as your budget can handle on the Midlands Meander . For 25 years, this collective of creativity, centred around the picturesque Nottingham Road area, has celebrated and supported local artists and craftspeople, all of whom welcome visitors into the inner sanctums where they work. The informal association, which is committed to responsible and sustainable tourism and to supporting the local community, also incorporates gorgeous boutique hotels, first-class restaurants, and museums that offer a fascinating glimpse into the region’s history.