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Pietermaritzburg Travel Guide  

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Pietermaritzburg is the capital of the Kwazulu Natal in South Africa. This is also the second largest city of this region.
The city was founded in the year 1838 and is popularly known as Maritzburg and abbreviated as PMB. The city was founded by the Voortrekkers with the defeat of Dingane at the Battle of Blood River and was also the capital of the short lived Boer Republic in Natalia. Regarding the name of the city there were two interpretations one is that it was named after Piet Retief and Gert Martiz the famous Voortekker leaders. The other one is that it was named after Piet Retief as his full name was Pieter Mounties Retief.
The place is rich in cultural heritage and has some of the cultural centers that reflect the city is into cultural activities.
The climate of this place is quit moderate and can be visited at any time of the year.
The population of this place comes to 521,805 according to 2001 census.

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Phuti Mothiba
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : Good place to study. Differing levels of safety depending on area, but generally very safe. Entertainment a little deficient, but present. Transport very functional, but limited at certain times of the day like after five. Marked cabs charge quite high... more and close to unreasonable after five. Marked cabs are safest but safety comes at a price. Standard of living is affordable unless its in your nature to be flashy. I have enjoyed my six years in this place.
Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Family
Overall rating 5
Overall Guide : There are quite a few entertainment places but no jazz clubs to cater for more mature groups. Too congested and dirty, needs a bit of cleaning and maintenance both by the municipality and residence. If you wanna chill out at the... more mall like on Friday, shops close too early at 18h00. Should at least extend shopping hours to 20h00 or 21h00.
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