We had to find accommodation in Scottsville to attend the World Canoe Marathon Championships at Camps Drift Dam, but don't think we would stay in Pietermaritzburg otherwise. Hosts recommended a wonderful restaurant called ''Oil and Olive" about 10 minutes away, which is highly recommended!
Pietermaritzburg is an excellent place to visit. It is close to tourist attractions such as Mandela's Capture site in Howick and Durban, a place of many festivities. It is a town with fascinating Elizabethan architectural buildings and is easy to navigate.