Botha's Hill

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Botha's Hill
Botha's Hill in 2010
Botha's Hill in 2010
Botha's Hill is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Botha's Hill
Botha's Hill
Botha's Hill is located in South Africa
Botha's Hill
Botha's Hill
Coordinates: 29°45′7.2″S 30°44′24″E / 29.752000°S 30.74000°E / -29.752000; 30.74000Coordinates: 29°45′7.2″S 30°44′24″E / 29.752000°S 30.74000°E / -29.752000; 30.74000
CountrySouth Africa
 • TypeWard 8
 • CouncillorMichael Shelembe (ANC)
 • Total7.38 km2 (2.85 sq mi)
 • Total1,992
 • Density270/km2 (700/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2001)
 • Black African29.8%
 • Coloured0.5%
 • Indian/Asian9.5%
 • White60.2%
First languages (2001)
 • English67.6%
 • Zulu25.5%
 • Afrikaans4.1%
 • Xhosa1.5%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code031

Botha's Hill (locally /ˈbʊərtə-/, Afrikaans: [ˈbuəta]) is a small town outside Hillcrest in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It remains a peaceful beautiful hill where regular country style food and craft markets are held. It is the gateway to the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Kearsney College moved to Botha's Hill in 1939. Alan Paton, a famous author who wrote novels such as Cry, the Beloved Country and Too Late the Phalarope moved here and resided here until his death on the 12th of April, 1988.

The village is 37 km north-west of Durban, on the old main road to Pietermaritzburg before the N3 highway was built.

There have been different opinions about the origin of the name of Botha's Hill. The Dictionary of Southern African Place Names claims it was named after a settler, Philip Rudolph Botha, grandfather of General Louis Botha (1862-1919), first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa.[2] However, extensive research was undertaken by Robin W. Lamplough and published in the journal of the Natal Society, which demonstrates that Botha's Hill was named after Cornelis Botha, a former harbour master of Port Natal.[3]



  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Botha's Hill". Census 2001.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 91.
  3. ^ "Natalia v12" (PDF). The Natal Society. pp. 27–34.