Pinetown is a small town lying inland from Durban, situated between Kloof and Westville, and is home to one of the oldest Cricket Clubs in the Province.
Pinetown nestles at the foot of Field’s Hill - the stretch that forms part of the annual Comrades Marathon - and has quick access to major routes, making it easy to reach Durban and other areas of KwaZulu-Natal. The suburb itself is home to a number of museums, shopping malls, nature reserves and is very close to Durbans’ beaches. The Golden Mile, the 15 km stretch of golden beaches from the Suncoast Casino to Ushaka Marine World, is only 13 km away and are excellent for swimming, surfing, sun tanning, paddling, and boogey boarding.
Nature lovers can enjoy an easy walk to a beautiful waterfall at the Paradise Valley Nature Reserve or just a few minutes from Pinetown is the Umgeni River Bird Park or Mitchell Park with picnic and braai spots and a small zoo with tortoises, monkeys, raccoons, and a walk-through aviary.
There is a wide variety of accommodation in and around Pinetown – B&B’s, Guesthouses and holiday accommodation to suit all budgets.
Things to do and see
- Pinetown Museum
- Mariannhill Monastery
- Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Trail
- Trappist Trail
- Paradise Valley Nature Reserve
- The Saunter Route
- Valley of 1000 Hills Route
- Bellvue Market
- Umgeni Steam Train, Kloof
- Makaranga Botanical Gardens, Kloof
- Cotswold Downs Golf Course
Pinetown receives approximately 964 mm of rain annually with the majority of its’ rainfall occurring during the summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 28˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 10˚C and 24˚C.
Pinetown was established in 1850 around the Wayside Hotel, which was built the year before along the main wagon route between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The town was named after the Governor of Natal at the time, Sir Benjamin Pine.
The British built a concentration camp here during the Second Boer War, to house Boer women and children. Pinetown Cricket Club, established in 1873, is believed to be the oldest in Kwa-Zulu Natal and among the oldest still in existence in South Africa. The club originally located in central Pinetown, at the current Civic Centre location, was moved to Lahee Park.
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