A small city just a few miles west of Durban, Pinetown is one of the more interesting settlements in the Kwazulu-Natal region. Today, the city is seen as a major settlement for people living in Durban to the east and Pietermaritzburg in the opposite direction, although it has been a settlement for over 150 years, mainly for the local Zulu community. Pinetown’s proximity to the coast makes it a good place to stay for anyone with an eye for adventure, while to the west, there are a number of national parks where you can go for a gentle stroll or do something more challenging. Sport is also big here, especially cricket which has formed a major part of the city’s fabric.
Although a few roads are in less-than-perfect condition, a hatchback is probably the best thing to drive in Pinetown, whether in the city centre or on the nearby motorway.
Driving in Pinetown
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Important things to note
The main motorway going past Pinetown towards Durban is where a lot of road traffic is concentrated, especially during weekdays.
Some of the minor roads in the city have a few imperfections such as cracks and small potholes. Drive on these roads with care.
If you want to get to Pinetown from the southeast, be sure to follow the signs for Durban as it is part of the city’s wider urban area.
Highlights & Hotspots
At Lahee Park cricket ground, you can watch Pinetown Cricket Club, one of the oldest teams in South Africa. Although they play at amateur level, the history behind the team, founded in 1873 plus some of the emerging talent on show is sure to entertain.
To see some of the local wildlife up close, you could do worse than head north to Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. Overlooking Pinetown, the reserve is home to many plants and animals which coexist in such a way that it makes it a very serene place to be.
To learn about Pinetown and how it has changed over the decades, a trip to Pinetown Museum is an absolute must. Despite being small in size, it has a number of artefacts and exhibitions which will open your eyes in more ways than one.
Another museum that’s not too far away from the city is the Inchanga Railway Museum and Tea Garden. The museum shows how the railway worked before modernisation, while a cup of tea and some cake will be perfect for relaxing during an afternoon here.
The nearest major airport is King Shaka International Airport in Durban, which lies 28 miles northeast of Pinetown. As one of the busiest airports in South Africa, it serves destinations all over the world and has one large terminal for passengers.
The airport can be reached from the M65, which gores onto Motorway 2. Then, take a turn onto the 3 going westbound and you will be able to reach Pinetown via the M1 going north.