Tourist & Visitor Information

Nearby Tourist Attractions

African Bird of Prey Sanctuary

Situated on 60 hectares of scenic valley bushveld, within easy access of both Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary is safe-haven to the widest selection of indigenous raptors in Southern Africa. We invite you to visit our tranquil bird park and experience South Africa’s magnificent aerial predators first hand.

WHERE: Lion Park Road, Pietermaritzburg


FACEBOOK: African Raptor

Butterflies for Africa

Butterflies for Africa is a tropical butterfly centre offering butterflies and a whole lote more! The complex houses a walk-through Butterfly House (home to both exotic and indigenous butterflies), Butterfly Theme Store, art gallery, coffee shop, nursery and a Butterfly Garden planted with a large range of butterfly foodplants.

WHERE: 37 Willowton Road, Pietermaritzburg


FACEBOOK: Butterflies for Africa

KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden

Flowering every season of the year, KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden is a garden with grandeur and charm, offering visitors an experience of nature’s authenticity with the striking Plane Tree Avenue, Natural Forest, Insect Hotel, Clivia Dam and theme gardens including the popular Zulu Demonstration Garden, Cycad Garden and a Permaculture Garden.hectares, these magnificent gardens.

Established in 1847, the KwaZulu-Natal Botanical Gardens is one of the oldest in South Africa.

WHERE: Mayor’s Walk, Pietermaritzburg



Nelson Mandela Capture Site

In 1962, on 5 August, this otherwise ordinary piece of road along the R103, approximately five kilometers outside Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, suddenly took on profound consequence. Armed apartheid police flagged down a car in which Nelson Mandela was pretending to be the chauffeur. Having succeeded in evading capture by apartheid operatives for 17 months, Mandela had just paid a clandestine visit to ANC President Chief Albert Luthuli’s Groutville home to report back on his African odyssey, and to request support in calling for an armed struggle. It was in this dramatic way, at this unassuming spot, that Nelson Mandela was finally captured and arrested.

The site is now home to an impressive sculpture of Mandela, created by artists Marco Cianfanelli and Jeremy Rose. There is also a cafe and museum on site.

WHERE: R103, Lion’s River, Howick


Tatham Art Gallery

The Tatham Art Gallery is one of the major art museums in South Africa, dating back to 1903. The gallery houses a collection of British and French artworks dating back to the 18th century, as well as prominent South African art, with a focus on showcasing artwork from KZN.

WHERE: Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Road, Pietermaritzburg.


FACEBOOK: Tathum Art Gallery Official

Nearby Accommodation

Belle Cottage Bed & Breakfast

We welcome you to our owner-run B&B, with five tastefully decorated and well-equipped en-suite rooms. Whether you are looking for a relaxing environment for your holiday, a quiet base whilst in Pietermaritzburg on business, or a restful sanctuary if you’re a sporting enthusiast, we will do our best to ensure you have a pleasant stay at Belle Cottage.

WHERE: 12 Davenport Road, Montrose, Pietermaritzburg

PHONE: (033) 3473004 or (083)3014183;


FACEBOOK: Belle Cottage

Gecko Hill 

Gecko Hill offers self-catering and bed and breakfast accommodation in Montrose, Pietermaritzburg. It is conveniently located a mere 600 metres from the Cascades Lifestyle Centre. Gecko Hill offers comfortable and secure accommodation with self-catering facilities, wi-fi, spacious rooms, warm hospitality and high standards.

WHERE: 7 Neden Road, Montrose, Pietermaritzburg

PHONE: +27 33 347 5225 or +27 84 4455 054


FACEBOOK: Gecko Hill

Heaven In the Bush Guest House And Backpackers

Offering a children’s playground and views of the mountain, Heaven in the Bush Guest House and Backpackers is set in Pietermaritzburg, 900 m from Grey’s Government Hospital and close to the Cascades Lifestyle Centre. Free private parking is available on site.

WHERE: 489 Town Bush Road, Pietermaritzburg

PHONE: 033 347 3015

Protea Hotel Hilton

Situated right on the doorstep of the Midlands Meander, the Protea Hotel Hilton combines old-world charm with highly rated friendly and efficient service. The four-star architectural showpiece, with its imposing Tudor lines, is a must-stay for the meandering country charm seeker.

WHERE: 1 Hilton Avenue, Hilton  Pietermaritzburg

PHONE: +27 (0)33 343 3722



Redlands Hotel

Redlands Hotel offers some of the finest accommodation in Pietermaritzburg. The hotel is situated close to the Cascades Lifestyle Centre, in the sought-after, leafy green northern suburbs of the city. The hotel comprises 16 Deluxe Rooms, 2 Library Suites and 4 Premier Suites. The Premier and Library suites in particular boast beautiful views over the tree tops and have private lounges or studies. All guests have access to wireless internet connections, the use of which is complimentary.

WHERE: 1 George MacFarlane Lane, Pietermaritzburg

PHONE: +27 33 394 3333; EMAIL:


FACEBOOK: Redlands Hotel

Victoria Guest House

Set against the tranquil forests of the Ferncliff Nature Reserve, overlooking Pietermaritzburg, the Victoria Guest House offers affordable bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation.

Four classically furnished bedrooms, of which two have private entrances and decks, accommodate guests comfortably, While a warm hearty breakfast is served each morning in the elegant dining room. Dinner is available by arrangement.

A pet friendly self-catering cottage that sleeps four guests is available for self-catering. The cottage is fully equipped.

WHERE: 2 Fernview Pl, Upper Ferncliffe, Montrose, Pietermaritzburg

PHONE: 033 347 3408

FACEBOOK: Victoria Guest House

Businesses & Services close to Cascades Lifestyle Centre

BP Cascades Service Station

Fill up your vehicle at the BP Cascades Service Station located on Cascades Crescent, opposite the entrance to the Cascades Lifestyle Centre. There is also a car wash and convenience store on site.

ADDRESS: Cascades Cresent, Chase Valley Downs, Pietermaritzburg

Beauty Zone Cascades

Beauty Zone a well known beauty and nail salon located opposite the Cascades Lifestyle Centre,offering you professional treatments. Stockists of Dermalogica, Environ & Bio Sculpture Gel.

ADDRESS: 2 Cascades Cresent, Chase Valley Downs, Pietermaritzburg

PHONE:  033 347 5034


PwC Cascades

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 208,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services.

ADDRESS: Block C, 21 Cascades Crescent, Montrose, Pietermaritzburg

PHONE: +27 (0)33 343 8600


PSG Cascades

PSG Wealth offers the full range of investment and financial planning solutions, including retirement planning, business assurance and insurance review. Our investment business covers stock-broking, treasury or cash management; unit trust and offshore portfolio management. Specialist advice including short term insurance, tax and estate planning is outsourced to professional firms in whom we are confident are in a position to offer value to our clients and compliment the investment and financial strategies implemented by this office.

ADDRESS: Unit 7, 1st Floor, Building C, Town Bush Office Park, Montrose, Pietermaritzburg

PHONE: +27 (33) 347 2620


Town Bush Veterinary House Clinic

Our objective is, and always has been, to render exemplary Veterinary service to all animals. Our strength, therefore lies in our technical ability, our service ethic and our diversity of expertise, namely: Small Animals, Birds, Exotics, Production Animals, Equines, Wildlife, Welfare, Public Health and Research & Development. To this end, our team currently comprises 6 experienced Veterinarians, 3 qualified veterinary nurses and a host of dedicated support staff, all operating from our Hospital at 339 Prince Alfred St and our two clinics, one at 459 Townbush Rd, Cascades and the other at 102 Shepstone Rd, Richmond, KZN.

ADDRESS: 459 Town Bush Road, Montrose, Pietermaritzburg

PHONE: 033 347 2504 or 033 342 4698 (24 Hour Emergency)


Sports & Fitness

Cascades MTB Park

The Cascades MTB Park is a world-class mountain biking track and facility that is within walking distance from the Cascades Lifestyle Centre.

The park hosted the MTB World Cup in 2009, the first South African venue to do so, chosen because it is one of only a few venues that can accommodate Cross Country, Downhill and Xc Eliminator. Cascades also hosted the 2011 and 2012  World Cups, plus the World Masters Championship and the Elite World Championship in 2016.

FACEBOOK: Cascades MTB Park

Virgin Active Cascades Health Club

Virgin Active offers a world-class gym and health club facility at the Cascades Lifestyle Centre. Facilities include strength equipment, ride studio, Club V, swimming pool, squash courts, wi-fi and Kauai cafe, plus a range of fitness classes.

WHERE: Cascades Shopping Centre, Shop G32 McCarthy Drive, Montrose