Berea, Durban

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Skyline of Berea
Berea is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Berea is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 29°51′03″S 30°59′35″E / 29.85083°S 30.99306°E / -29.85083; 30.99306Coordinates: 29°51′03″S 30°59′35″E / 29.85083°S 30.99306°E / -29.85083; 30.99306
CountrySouth Africa
 • Total24.68 km2 (9.53 sq mi)
 • Total102,920
 • Density4,200/km2 (11,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African41.3%
 • Coloured4.6%
 • Indian/Asian26.1%
 • White26.5%
 • Other1.5%
First languages (2011)
 • English61.0%
 • Zulu22.2%
 • Xhosa3.7%
 • Afrikaans3.6%
 • Other9.4%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code031

The Berea is a ridge above the city of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on the northern side which overlooks the city centre and the Indian Ocean. Berea is also used as a collective designation for the suburbs in the area.[2] It has been described as the area between the Howard College Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and the Burman Bush Nature Reserve.

Some of the oldest mansions in Durban were built in this once forested area. Today, many of these have been converted into offices or made way for apartment buildings. The Berea was once the most expensive real estate area in the province but is now third to Umhlanga and Durban North.

The two main areas of the Berea are Musgrave and upper Glenwood which are separated by the N3 Western Freeway highway which leads into the city centre.

Places of interest include The Atrium, Berea Centre, Musgrave Shopping Centre, Clifton School, Durban Girls' College, Durban High School and Maris Stella, Mitchell Park, the botanical gardens and the Howard College campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.and berea primary school.

A related neighbouring area designation is Overport.

Some famous Durbanites who have called Berea their home include cricketer Andrew Hudson, radio personality Alan Khan, TV presenter Imraan Vagar, business legend Arnold Zulman and Dershan Pather, amongst others.

The Berea borders the orange-roofed[citation needed] Durban suburb of Morningside.


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Berea". Census 2011.
  2. ^ Bainbridge, J. (2010). South Africa Lesotho and Swaziland. Lonely Planet Publications. p. 300. ISBN 9781742203751. Retrieved 2015-03-14.