Clarendon, Pietermaritzburg Holidays - Midlands & Battlefields, KwaZulu Natal
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On the North side of Pietermaritzburg in the Midlands & Battlefields of KwaZulu Natal, lies one of Pietermaritzburg's pre-eminent residential areas, the exclusive suburb of Clarendon, Pietermaritzburg. Clarendon, Pietermaritzburg is just a stone's throw away from Pietermaritzburg CBD, and central to the numerous acclaimed events hosted by Pietermaritzburg, namely the world famous Comrades Marathon, Duzi Canoe Marathon, Midmar Mile and AmaShovashova Cycle Race.
When looking Where To Stay in the leafy suburb of Clarendon, Pietermaritzburg, you'll find Clarendon Self Catering Apartment accommodation at 'At Home Self Catering 24', where guests can enjoy a truly secure and private stay. This comfortable up-market, stylish apartment is within easy access to the fabulous Pietermaritzburg Liberty Midlands Mall - the largest shopping centre in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands & Battlefields. making Clarendon Self Catering Apartment accommodation the perfect destination for visitors to Pietermaritzburg, whether for business or pleasure.
While in Clarendon, Pietermaritzburg, make sure you drop into The Patio Cafe in Clarendon, where you'll enjoy light, wholesome and oh-so-delicious meals. For fine dining, the Blue Room at the elegant Redlands Hotel in nearby Wembley, Pietermaritzburg will give you a dining experience you will never forget.
A 'must' visit in the Pietermaritzburg Area is the Natal Botanical Garden (5 minutes from Clarendon accommodation), an impressive Pietermaritzburg heritage site designed around a magnificent plane tree avenue, and other century old trees. Many of the original trees planted in 1874 still exist today, having now matured into their full majestic glory, giving this Pietermaritzburg botanical garden a distinctly Victorian atmosphere.
For the golf enthusiast, the Pietermaritzburg Victoria Country Club is just 5.6km from Clarendon accommodation. Known as one of South Africa’s most picturesque golfing venues, the Pietermaritzburg Victoria Country Club is superbly located in scenic park-lands with spectacular views of the surrounding Pietermaritzburg escarpments and verdant valleys, which guarantees a rewarding golfing experience. This Pietermaritzburg Victoria Golf Club also provides world-class conference, function, dining, squash, tennis and swimming facilities.
Nearby Wembley, Pietermaritzburg, with its avenue of maples and jacarandas (3.2km from Clarendon accommodation, and 8 minutes north of Pietermaritzburg Central), boasts being within walking distance of the renowned Pietermaritzburg Royal Agricultural Show Grounds, where the annual Royal Show exhibits the largest exhibition of its kind in Africa, displaying some of the finest livestock and agricultural equipment.
Luxury Wembley Bed & Breakfast accommodation can be found at The Sleeping Bao B&B, a beautiful face brick structure with a rich wood interior and a history spanning over 70 years, and Wembley Self Catering accommodation at Duvet & Crumpets offers a delightful Pietermaritzburg experience for longer stays. Wembley Hotel accommodation at the elegant Redlands Hotel is situated in the heart of the secure Pietermaritzburg Redlands Estate, and is famous for its fine dining in 'The Blue Room'. Visit the Where To Stay Wembley accommodation page for more info on these prestigious Wembley accommodation establishments.
While in Wembley, Pietermaritzburg, make sure you visit Wylie Park situated on a peak overlooking Pietermaritzburg. Here you can stroll through stunning landscaped gardens which feature an abundance of proteas and azaleas, or hike along the Linwood Hiking Trail to the top of Pietermaritzburg's World's View. This Pietermaritzburg Area park is truly a place for quiet reflection and contemplation.
Just 2km from Wembly accommodation lies Athlone, Pietermaritzburg (3.8km north of Clarendon accommodation). This quiet and secure Pietermaritzburg Area suburb is about 3km from the Pietermaritzburg CBD, and boasts Star Graded Athlone Bed & Breakfast accommodation offering top class executive and family accommodation at affordable prices.
For traditional arts and crafts, the Basani Art and Craft Centre located just minutes away from Athlone accommodation in Hyslop Rd in Pietermaritzburg, provides visitors with the opportunity to purchase various artworks directly from local Zulu artists who work daily in the centre's "Work In Progress Gallery".
On the South side of Pietermaritzburg Central (5.7km from Clarendon accommodation), you'll find Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, an affluent, well maintained Pietermaritzburg suburb with broad streets, plenty of trees, and gardens brimming with flowers. Scottsville is not only thriving with lovingly cared for Pietermaritzburg properties and beautiful gardens, but also home to one of Pietermaritzburg’s most famous landmarks - Scottsville Racecourse, where the leading South African speedsters take centre stage. At the back of the Scottsville Racecourse stands the largest horse statue in the world, a 14 metre Pegasus which proudly greets visitors to the Pietermaritzburg Golden Horse Casino, where the odds are in your favour. This Pietermaritzburg hot spot offers you winning opportunities at the slots and tables, and boasts fabulous restaurants ranging from barbecue buffet to Indian cuisine, a bar and a fast food court.
The running enthusiast will love the Comrades House Museum in Scottsville, which serves as the headquarters for the Comrades Marathon, and is housed in an old restored Pietermaritzburg Victorian house, which holds the history and memorabilia of the ultimate human race.
For those jetting into Pietermaritzburg, the Pietermaritzburg Airport is just 3.4km from Scottsville, and when looking Where To Stay in this charming Pietermaritzburg suburb, Scottsville Bush Lodge accommodation at Ascot Bush Lodge offers a unique experience in an African setting, surrounded by 12 hectares of natural bush enjoyed by abundant bird life. Star Graded Scottsville accommodation at Aberfeldy Bed & Breakfast regards themselves as your "home from home", and at Little Europe Scottsville Bed & Breakfast accommodation, your international hosts speak English, Afrikaans, German, Czech and Russian. For Scottsville Self Catering Chalet / Townhouse accommodation, Wensleydale Guest Lodge extends a warm welcome at this little piece of 'Africa in the Sun'. For more on these Scottsville accommodation options, see the Where To Stay Scottsville accommodation page.
Near Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg you'll come across Hayfields, Pietermaritzburg, best known as home to Maritzburg Golf Club, South Africa’s oldest playing golf club. You are guaranteed to enjoy your game at Maritzburg Golf Club, because the 18 hole par 72 course whilst challenging, is not difficult, as there are no blind holes or hidden horrors! An excellent test of your golfing skills, this Pietermaritzburg course has lush, smooth greens, pine tree lined fairways, numerous water hazards, bunkers, and a meandering stream that twists and turns through the outstanding layout of the second nine, at the end of which you're warmly invited to join the Pietermaritzburg Area locals for a well deserved round.
Treat yourself to a night of 'kitchen theatre' at Rockafellas Restaurant, located in the Pietermaritzburg Golden Horse Casino Complex in nearby Scottsville. This glamorous 500 seater restaurant with views of Scottsville Race Course will provide you with an upmarket dining experience, where chefs whip up mouthwatering dishes right in front of you
For the shopaholic, Pietermaritzburg Hayfields Mall is the shopping centre with the community at heart, guaranteed to cater for all your needs.
For a truly unique experience, visit the spectacular Pietermaritzburg Alexandra Park, which showcases Art in the Park - the largest outdoor exhibition in South Africa; Cars in the Park - hosted by Pietermaritzburg Vintage Sports Car Club, and on the first Sunday of every month, the Pietermaritzburg Oval Craft Market is held on the cricket oval. Pietermaritzburg Alexandra Park provides the perfect recreational area, and facilitates cycling, soccer, swimming and cricket which can be watched from the beautiful Victorian pavilion.
11km south of Clarendon accommodation and 5 minutes east of Hayfields, Pietermaritzburg lies the lush suburb of Lincoln Meade, Pietermaritzburg. Here you will find Lincoln Cottages, Lincoln Meade Self Catering Cottage accommodation nestled amongst indigenous Acacia trees - Pietermaritzburg Self Catering Cottage accommodation which truly bears a reflection of love and commitment to excellence.
Then 7.3km from Clarendon accommodation you'll find Bisley, Pietermaritzburg, one of the most popular Pietermaritzburg Area suburbs which is best known for 'The Secret Garden', a popular wedding venue nestled in the hills of Bisley, just 10 minutes from the Pietermaritzburg CBD. With a private game ranch featuring giraffe, zebra, kudu and the very rare Oribi antelope, The Secret Garden in Bisley is the ideal Pietermaritzburg location for a wonderful country wedding.
Just 5 minutes away from Bisley lies the Bisley Valley Nature Reserve, a beautiful environment close to bustling Pietermaritzburg Central. The reserve is a 250 hectare patch of thornveld with a variety of habitats including grassland, open and closed woodland, and thickets teeming with bushveld birds, giraffe, impala and zebra. The reserve is an easy walk, and for a pleasant family outing, there's a nice picnic site with braai grids supplied. For fun entertainment for adults and children alike, the Pietermaritzburg Model Engineering Society located in Bisley offers you a train ride with a difference, on locomotives which resemble old fashioned steam trains.
Clarendon, Wembley, Athlone, Scottsville, Hayfields, Lincoln Meade, Bisley, and Pietermaritzburg Central are all included in the many suburbs that make up the Pietermaritzburg Area, making this KwaZulu Natal, Midlands & Battlefields area a veritable feast of historic and present day experiences. Pietermaritzburg is centrally situated between Durban, the Drakensberg and KwaZulu Natal Game Reserves, and is one of the best preserved Victorian cities in the world. Next time you're on the N3, treat yourself to perhaps a first or final leg of the Midlands Meander, and stay over in one of the broad selection of Pietermaritzburg Bed and Breakfast accommodation, Pietermaritzburg Self Catering Apartment accommodation, Pietermaritzburg Bush Lodges (Catered) accommodation, Pietermaritzburg Self Catering Chalet accommodation, Pietermaritzburg Hotel accommodation, and Pietermaritzburg Self Catering Cottage accommodation. To see full details of these spectacular Pietermaritzburg establishments, visit the Where To Stay Pietermaritzburg accommodation page.