Conference venues Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second largest city in the province of Kwa Zulu Natal and was founded in 1838.
An important, industrial hub, rich in aluminum, timber and dairy production. The capital city also offers excellent schools and tertiary education institutions, including a campus of the University of KZN.

Pietermaritzburg’s picturesque location is a mix of forests, hills and vales with rolling countryside linking the city to the KZN-Midlands. Largely Victorian in its design, PMB is the administrative capital of the province and situated equi-distant between Durban and the Drakensberg. A gateway to both Johannesburg and Durban.

The climate in Pietemaritzburg is usually very hot summers and cold winters with its rainfall in summer and fairly frequent thunder storms in the late afternoons.

Conference Centres Pietermaritzburg – Accommodation rooms Pietermaritzburg

Central in the city and around the perimeter of ‘Maritzburbg, are a variety of excellent conference venues, hotels, up-market lodges, budget accommodation and B & B’s. As many of the KZN government head-quarters are located in the city of Pietermaritzburg, the conference industry establishments have had to expand and ‘Maritzburg is now considered part and parcel of nearby locations such as Midmar, Howick and the Natal Midlands, a mere stones throw away.

Conference Venues in Pietermaritzburg and surrounds, you might like to consider when planning your next conference or seminar, team building or function include:

Redlands Hotel & Lodge

Redlands Hotel boasts two dedicated conference venues able to seat up to 80 delegates with some accommodation on site.

City Royal Hotel

The City Royal Hotel offers outstanding hospitality and is a few minutes walk from the city’s historical CBD, the city hall, art gallery and museums. Neighbour to St Anne’s, the midlands biggest private hospital and a short distance to Liberty Midlands Mall, Alexandra Park, the University Woodburn rugby stadium and the Harry Gwala stadium.

Protea Hotel the Imperial

This olde worlde landmark has for years been very popular with conference guests and business men and women for its central location, ample parking on site, comfortable and affordable accommodation and excellent conference facilities.

African Enterprise Conference Centre has become very popular for its size, central position and affordable rates. Able to seat up to 150 delegates in conference with 34 rooms on site.

Montrose, PMB

Ascot Conference Centre is situated off the N3 highway and is easily accessible. A 10 minute drive from the CBD of Pietermaritzburg.
There are a number of different sized conference venues to choose from at Ascot at affordable rates and excellent standards.
Golden Horse Casino and Hotel. An up-market, centrally situated venue with much to offer conference delegates, visitors to the casino, casual dinners and any form of function or event.

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Forthcoming Events in Pietermaritzburg

Apart from the world renowned Comrades Marathon and the famous Dusi Canoe Marathon, annual events which bring thousands of visitors to the area of Pietermaritzburg, many other events appear on the PMB calendar. Below is a handful of gigs and events during August.


The Engen Challenge
Date & Time:TBC
Venue:Alexandra Extension – NCF Church
Contact Details:Tony – 084 583 8989

UWCT Final
Date:23 – 26 August 2012
Contact Details:Alec Lenferna – 033 3433442

Mandela Race Day 42.2km Marathon
Date & Time: 26 August 2012 , race begins at Manaye Hall in Imbali
Venue:Manaye Hall
Contact Details:Umgungundhlovu District Municipality ,
Event Details:Marathon

Comedy Show
Date & Time: 24 August 2012
Venue:Golden Horse Casino
Contact Details: 033 3958000

Diva Concert
Date & Time: 25 August 2012
Venue:Golden Horse Casino
Contact Details: 033 3958000

Article by Rosalie Howard, Venue Pages


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Situated on Florida Road, in the heart of Durban’s Berea, surrounded by +- 30 up-market, popular restaurants in a tree-lined street, this sophisticated Boutique Hotel is one of Durban’s historic buildings, transformed into an hotel while retaining it’s olde worlde charm.

Conference Venues at The Benjamin include a 32-seater conference room and a10-seater executive Boardroom. Professionally managed by Fiona Koch whose late husband Werner Koch was one of South Africa’s top executive chefs for many years. She runs an immaculate venue and has retained its home from-home ambience while remaining ever professional and deserves the accolades this fine venue receives in various reviews and first hand experiences of guests.

Accommodation comprises of 43 double rooms, beautifully appointed all with satellite TV and wireless internet.


Owner managed by Helena Bailey, this gracious Cape Dutch Homestead is situated in the picturesque, up-market suburb of Morningside, Durban. Neighbour to the well-known Mitchell Park. While Khaya Lembali is a mere 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre, it is quiet and peaceful and its ambience ensures the tranquillity required for successful conferencing.

Renowned for its Al Fresco Dining on an outdoor pool terrace, sheltered from the elements, conference delegates will enjoy superb cuisine, renowned for its professional yet home-style flavours and presentation.

Several well equipped conference venues accommodate between 10 and 80 delegates in conference depending on seating requirements.


Set in a secure, picturesque garden and very central to all major freeways and the city, Sica’s Guest House oozes Colonial charm, offering luxury accommodation rooms, 5 modern, state-of-the-art conference venues, which double as beautiful wedding reception venues, excellent cuisine and personal attention from owner/manager Janus Horn and his well-trained staff.

In addition to a beautifully planned garden, Sica’s Guest House has a magnificent flood-lit tennis court, built to professional standards, available by arrangement to resident guests.

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Review by Rosalie Howard, Venue Pages

Hotel with Conference Centres and Meeting Room Facilities – Venue for Hire

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Throughout South Africa one can find a hotel with conference centres and meeting room facilities. There are many and many web-based portals or databases that one can use to search for these hotels with conference centres and meeting room facilities.

However one always needs to be careful that the chosen one will be able to deliver what is required for your conference, function or event. Brochures and PR publications do not always tell the whole truth and care must be taken to try to see through the marketing jargon and sales talk that is of course designed to sell the venue for hire.

A site inspection is the best way to decide if a venue for hire will be suitable for your conference in South Africa. By being on site and seeing for oneself the conference rooms and meeting facilities that are available as well as the accommodation rooms one can decide whether the venue for hire is suitable or not. Often these conference centres will offer the prospective client a meal and one can then see first-hand if the catering is of a standard that will suit the conference.

Often however it is not possible to conduct a site inspection for all possible conference centres due to the distance that often needs to be travelled to view the venues. If it is not possible to conduct a site inspection, then care must be taken and research conducted in order to make an informed decision. Reviews should be searched for online and opinions from as many different independent sources obtained so that an impartial decision can be made.

The services of an independent conference organiser or venue finder can also be used, but again care should be taken that the choices that that company put forward are not skewed in favour of the conference organiser due to greater financial benefits to them.

A list of venues should first be made by the client and then rates and recommendations requested from the organiser so as to avoid the organiser omitting various venues that they do not actively promote.

Find out from the organiser if they charge a fee for their services or if they rely solely on commission from the venue. An organiser who relies solely on commission may be tempted to put forward and recommend venues that compensate them with higher commissions. Be willing to pay a fee for the services of a conference organiser or venue finder because often they can secure better rates than the client due to the volume so of work they send these venues which results in the final price being the same as you may have secured yourself direct. The benefit of course is that you receive an unbiased service from the organiser so that you can make an informed decision of which venue to select.