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In KwaZulu-Natal Province, Pietermaritzburg is a famous South African town known for its historical architecture. It is best explored with car hire in Pietermaritzburg, which gives visitors the mobility to see all of the local attractions with the option of travelling into the countryside as well.
Minibuses and taxis are available in Pietermaritzburg, but they don't have the best safety record. Tourists fare much better with car rental in Pietermaritzburg, especially when it comes to getting around the city after nightfall. The air-conditioned comfort of a hire car is key during the summer months of December and January.
Pietermaritzburg is located on the main highway that connects Johannesburg to Durban, on the sea. The latter is 55 miles away and can easily be reached on a daytrip via cheap car hire in Pietermaritzburg. The national railway follows the same route and can be a convenient means of getting between Johannesburg and Durban.
There are several railway stations in Pietermaritzburg. Pietermaritzburg railway station sits on Pine Street west of Alexandra Park and Sports Field. This is the part of town with the most facilities, including hotels, shopping outlets and restaurants. Pietermaritzburg Airport is an important gateway with regular flights to Johannesburg. It's located a few minutes' drive south of town along Alexandra Road.
Pietermaritzburg is a jumping-off point for excursions to the coast as well as Kruger National Park, the best place in the country to catch site of African elephants, leopards, giraffes and other mega-fauna.