Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal

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Hilton is located in KwaZulu-Natal
 Hilton shown within KwaZulu-Natal
Hilton is located in South Africa
Hilton (South Africa)
Hilton is located in Africa
Hilton (Africa)
Coordinates: 29°33′S 30°18′E / 29.550°S 30.300°E / -29.550; 30.300Coordinates: 29°33′S 30°18′E / 29.550°S 30.300°E / -29.550; 30.300
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District UMgungundlovu
Municipality uMngeni
Established 1857
 • Total 30.90 km2 (11.93 sq mi)
Elevation 1,080 m (3,540 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 9,340
 • Density 300/km2 (780/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 27.4%
 • Coloured 1.9%
 • Indian/Asian 2.5%
 • White 67.6%
 • Other 0.7%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 72.1%
 • Zulu 17.0%
 • Afrikaans 7.3%
 • Other 3.6%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Postal code (street) 3245
PO box 3245
Area code 033

Hilton is a small town (now incorporated into the town of Howick to the North West) that lies on the brow of the escarpment above Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. In 1872 the Reverend WO Newnham opened Hilton College on a large estate a few kilometres north of the town, which is now one of South Africa's leading private schools.

The man who named Hilton was Joseph Henderson (1825–1899): merchant, banker, financier and politician. He married Jane Maidstone née Pearson on the 13th Aug 1849 in Pietermaritzburg and accompanied Theophilus Shepstone as adviser to the Transvaal in 1877.

Education in Hilton includes Cowan House, a private mixed boarding school for over 300 pupils. The school, founded in 1948 was destroyed in a fire in 1997 and was rebuilt the same year. Also St. Anne's Diocesan College, Grace College and Laddsworth Primary School.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Hilton". Census 2011.