Exploring the natural side of Pietermaritzburg with Citiliner

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Pietermaritzburg is known for its preserved Victorian architectural heritage and plays host to sporting events such as the Comrades Marathon and the Dusi Canoe Marathon. Yet today we want to take you beyond the gorgeous architecture and rather into the natural wonders of this destination, so to speak.

Did you know that there are no less than four nature reserves located just a short drive from the centre of Pietermaritzburg? Allow us to give you a closer look at some of the wildlife reserves and parks you can visit when you’ve booked a Citiliner bus ticket to Pietermaritzburg.

Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve

The Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve is a natural haven to no less than 260 different bird species, giraffe, wildebeest, kudu and many more animals. Book yourself into the cliff-side accommodation offerings and spend your days going on game drives while ending your days with a sunset drink on your porch.

Lion Park

There are quite a few lion parks in South Africa, however, few can match the park in Pietermaritzburg which offers a unique close and personal experience with one of South Africa’s proudest and most majestic animals.

Tala Private Game Reserve

Recognised to be any bird watcher’s paradise, the Tala Private Game Reserve is home to a whopping 280 bird species. Take your binoculars, don’t forget the camera and go on long walks; you might just run into an once-in-a-lifetime wildlife photo opportunity. Rhino, zebra and hippos are also know to roam the area.

Albert Halls Nature Reserve

Invite the entire family and spend a weekend camping beside the dam located in the Albert Halls Nature Reserve. Take part in a variety of water sport and camping activities beside the dam or go on a game drive to see if you can spot some of the zebra, antelope, giraffe and other animals living in the area. It would suffice to say that no one in the family will spend a holiday bored on this reserve.

Half an hour away from Pietermaritzburg

The Howick Falls 25 minutes’ drive away

The Howick Falls drops from an approximate height of 95m and lies on the Umgeni River. The locals dubbed the falls KwaNogqaza, which translates to ‘Place of the Tall One.’ We would recommend you go on a gorge walk; it’s certainly one of the best ways to see the views.

Karkloof Forest 22 minutes’ drive away

In this enchanting forest you’ll spot wildlife of a more mischievous variety. Amongst the giant yellowwoods and stinkwood trees you’ll spot Samango monkeys peeping at you amongst the leaves, blue duikers and bushbucks.

Midlands Meander 24 minutes’ drive away

Also known as the ‘arts and crafts route’, the Midlands Meander offers a host of activities and sights that will intrigue every taste, from adventure to culture. Go on a treetop canopy tour, visit Nelson Mandela’s capture site or go on a chocolate and cheese tasting tour at the Swissland Cheesery. The best part? The Drakensberg is right on your doorstep.

We don’t know about you, but we think a trip on a Citiliner bus to Pietermaritzburg is well in order. With routes running from Pietermaritzburg and various locations in South Africa, a lack of transportation won’t be a valid excuse to visit this gem of a South African destination.

Go on, pick a route, book your tickets online or through our customer care department on 011 611 8000 | 087 352 0352 and hop onto a Citiliner bus and move on to your next big adventure. We travel ultimately for you.

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