KwaZulu Natal DestinationsPinetown, Durban
Regarded up until now as a predominantly light industrial town, and not particularly sought after as a residential suburb, Pinetown has had a somewhat subdued reputation. But things are changing and this suburb of Durban is gaining quite a reputation in the property market, particularly amongst first time buyers, who love the fact that Pinetown nestles at the foot of Fieldís Hill - the stretch that forms part of the annual Comrades Marathon - and has quick access to the M13 and other major routes, making it easy to reach Durban and other destinations in KwaZulu Natal.
Although a lot of the area around the town is known as Pinetown, Pinetown proper extends between Caversham Glen and Manors. It was originally established in the mid 19th century around the Wayside Hotel, which lay directly on the wagon route between Durban and Pietermaritzburg and was the unfortunate site of one of the British concentration camps during the Anglo Boer War.
The New Germany Nature Reserve, a small reserve with picnic sites, braai areas, wonderful trails and a hide at a waterhole provides sightings of zebra, nyala, impala, samango monkeys and others as well as a wonderful aviary.
And the Supermotard National, through the streets of Pinetown, is a spectacular annual event that draws huge spectator crowds and involves blocking traffic on main streets to make way for the riders. Supermotard racing involves putting slick tyres on scramblers and racing them on a tight tar circuit - a fun event for the whole family.