Pietermaritzburg The Essential
Pietermaritzburg, the parliamentary capital of KwaZulu-Natal, should be explored on foot. Its colonial buildings, museums and Indian quarter reveal fragments of its past. Once part of Zulu territory, Pietermaritzburg became the capital of the Republic of Natalia after the Boers' Blood River victory in 1838. But in 1843 the English took the town in hand, endowing it with sizable Victorian buildings. The story of the city's development wouldn't be complete without that of the 19C Indian immigrants who came to work in the sugarcane industry.