Traveling to PMB

There are a number of ways to get to Pietermaritzburg and South Africa has three international airports – OR Tambo in Johannesburg (450km from Pmb), Cape Town (1400km from Pmb) and King Shaka International in Durban (90km away) as well as Oribi Airport in the city. This is a regional airport and can be reached on a connection from Johannesburg with a number of daily flights between the two centres. Most international airlines fly into South Africa and nearly all of them arrive into OR Tambo in Johannesburg or Cape Town. King Shaka International airport has limited international flights arriving there but all domestic airlines fly into King Shaka in Durban. The best suggested option for teams is to fly into Johannesburg and then either fly directly to Pietermaritzburg, or if schedules do not allow, to Durban and travel by car to the city. Another option is to collect vehicles in Johannesburg and drive to Pietermaritzburg which is situated 450km from Johannesburg and is an easy 4 - 5 hour drive on excellent highways.


Car Rental

The organisers are proud to announce that Europcar will once again be involved in the event as the official vehicle partner. Details of the benefits that will apply to teams and riders will appear on the official website when finalized but in the interim, all queries can be sent to Sylvestre Ngwepe and his email address is Please note that although Pietermaritzburg is quite a compact city, it is advisable for teams and riders to arrange for the use of a vehicle whilst at the event in order to get around. The time trial competition venue is also outside the city so transport will be required.


The official event hotel is the Aha Imperial Hotel – details below:

224 Jabu Ndlovu Street
+27 33 342 6551

Reservations: (Bongiwe Thusi)

Azalea Bed & Breakfast
Positioning: Howick
Contact Person :Dawn Viljoen
Email Address
Telephone Number +27 33 330 4457

Dunning Country House
Positioning: Howick
Contact Person: Charlet Tasmer
Email Address:
Telephone Number: +27 33 320 1250

Emoyeni Country Lodge
Positioning: Camperdown
Contact Person: Brenda Eaton
Email Address:
Telephone Number + 27 31 785 1740

Lincoln Cottages
Positioning: Central Pietermaritzburg
Contact Person: Dominique du Plooy
Email Address:
Telephone Number: +27 33 396 4576

Stayeasy Hotel Pietermaritzburg
Positioning: Central Pietermaritzburg
Contact Person: Zama Mchunu
Email Address:
Telephone Number: +27 33 897 6650

The Jays Bed & Breakfast
Positioning: Central Pietermaritzburg
Contact Person: John Kassner
Email Address:
Telephone Number: +27 33 342 4510

Studo B&B
Positioning: Central Pietermaritzburg
Contact Person: Studo Shozi
Email Address:
Telephone Number: +27 81 575 7114

Protea Hotel Hilton
Positioning Hilton
Contact Person Stacey Booth
Shaista Sukram
Email Address
Telephone Number +27 27 33 343 3311

Midmar Dam Resort
Positioning: Howick
Contact Person: Themba Mbuyazi
Email Address:
Telephone Number: +27 33 330 2067

Redlands Hotel
Positioning: Central Pietermaritzburg
Contact Persons: Brenda Memla / Paul Laing
Email Address: info@redl
Telephone Number: +27 33 394 3333


As previously indicated, South Africa in general and KZN in particular is blessed with a huge amount of places and areas that will make any visitor to the region want to stay longer and to come back again. It’s understood that it takes a long time to get here and it can be an expensive trip, but the very favourable Rand to Dollar, Euro & Pound exchange rates makes it a great venue to spend time in before or after the competitions and to experience some of our famed hospitality and sights.

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South Africa is very much an African country and a huge part of the African experience that cannot be had anywhere else in the world is to visit a game park to see the African wildlife in its true and proper habitat – especially the fabled Big 5. KZN has a huge number of game parks and while most of these are situated in northern KZN, the Nambiti Game Reserve is situated within a 1.5 hour drive from Pietermaritzburg.



Umzolozolo Private Safari Lodge is situated in the Nambiti reserve and this Malaria free area provides an unrivaled safari experience with the opportunity to view Africa’s Big 5, as well as Cheetah and numerous other game species under African Skies.

Umzolozolo is an intimate privately owned lodge where you will be able to enjoy the biodiversity of the reserve in near solitude. Experienced, enthusiastic game rangers will accompany you on game drives in open land rovers, tracking the Big 5 and sharing their vast knowledge of the surrounding wildlife. At Umzolozolo, the emphasis is on personal service. This luxurious lodge specializes in romantic Getaways, Honeymoons, Wedding Anniversaries, Special Birthdays, Group Family Holidays, Small Weddings or just a great Bush experience, ensuring that your Safari is beyond expectation! The superb facilities combine the thrill of the African Bush with all the comforts of a 5 - Star Hotel. All the air conditioned rooms have large picture windows to maximize game viewing and guests enjoy exquisite meals throughout the day including a full English breakfast, buffet lunch and a scrumptious dinner, as well as a pre morning-drive spread and savoury snacks on the afternoon game drive. For more information on Umzolozolo and how you could experience this great venue, contact Tracey on the details below:

Telephone: 031 579 3870
Cell: 083 267 9582

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Springbok Lodge allows visitors to have a very different experience from other venues in that guests are accommodated in luxurious elevated safari style tents that all have en suite bathrooms and viewing platforms. The lodge itself has a spacious lounge area with cosy fire place, dining room & bar as well as a large wrap around wooden deck with panoramic views into the Reserve. There is a rock pool with wheelchair access and an onsite Spa Treatment facility. The venue is wheelchair accessible. For more detailed information about the Springbok Lodge, please visit


Superbly sited overlooking a waterhole, Elephant Rock is a charming boutique safari lodge offering luxury accommodation for up to 10 people. Experience a home-awayfrom- home true bush lodge experience for the entire family including extraordinary game viewing, on game drives; exquisite cuisine; and high standards of service - all at exceptional value for money. Elephant Rock Private Safari Lodge boasts five well-appointed air – conditioned luxurious suites, including one family unit. All suites are well spaced for total privacy and include an en-suite bathroom, private deck and outdoor shower, and all have great views of the waterhole or the indigenous bushveld. Enjoy the magnificent viewing deck, relax whilst viewing the many species of game and bird life or just cool off in the pool. Delicious meals are prepared by the in-house chef and can be enjoyed in the open boma, under the stars on the viewing deck, or in the comfort of the main lodgeFor more information about what this lodge has to offer, please contact Lee – Ann at Elephant Rock – the details are below.

CELULAR: 0832689026
FAX TO EMAIL: 0866839892


Apart from the fantastic wildlife that is just a short trip away from the centre of Pietermaritzburg, the city itself is a great place to visit and is an important historical area with many important things that have happened in the area as well as being central to many world events. Pietermaritzburg Driving and City Walking Tours is the perfect introduction to one of Africa’s most diverse and historical cities and Ntlaka Mdunge and his team from Naledi Tours will be able to assist you in retracing the footsteps of world giants such as Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi, Alan Paton, Moses Mabida and many more fallen heroes that played important roles in moulding the history of South Africa and the world. It is interesting to note that the Pietermaritzburg City Hall is the largest red brick building in the Southern Hemisphere but more importantly, it is the only building in the world where Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Chief Albert Luthuli, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu have all spoken. This is just one of the hidden quirky facts that this city has to offer. If a city tour is not of interest, a Township Tour experience may suit more. Visit Manaye Hall were Nelson Mandela made his last speech as a free man before being captured just outside Pietermaritzburg and being sent to a 27-year long imprisonment on Robben Island. Pay respect at the Heroes Acre and the Peace monument commemorating the fallen heroes in the political struggle and also visit the Sangoma – a traditional healer and spiritualist. You will also be able to visit Broadway Lifestyle where you can buy and braai (barbeque) meat in a traditional Shisanyama and will be able to enjoy getting to know the locals better. 

For more info on what is on offer, contact Ntlaka Mdunge at or on 0730266250.

There is also a shuttle service from Durban to Pietermaritzburg on request.

Exhibition and Sculpture
Monday - Sunday
09:00 - 16:00

Friday - Sunday
08:00 - 16:00

The genesis of the project at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site and the installation of an internationally recognisable sculpture in the Natal Midlands landscape is a response to the modest original monument on the site consisting of a plaque set into a wall on the side of the road.

In 1962, on 5 August, this otherwise ordinary piece of road along the R103, approximately five kilometres outside Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, suddenly took on profound consequence. Armed apartheid police flagged down a car in which Nelson Mandela was pretending to be the chauffeur. Having succeeded in evading capture by apartheid operatives for 17 months, Mandela had just paid a clandestine visit to ANC President Chief Albert Luthuli’s Groutville home to report back on his African odyssey, and to request support in calling for an armed struggle. It was in this dramatic way, at this unassuming spot, that Nelson Mandela was finally captured and arrested.

As one of the historically important moments in the struggle against Apartheid, a more appropriate and exciting marking of the site was needed which has now been realised and erected.

Click here to find out more about the Nelson Mandela Capture site.