Bothas Hill is an appealing suburb situated in the Upper Highway area approximately 30km from Durban KwaZulu Natal.
Botha’s Hill is named after one of the first settlers: Philip Rudolph Botha, grandfather of General Louis Botha (1862-1919), first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa.
This small community marks the entrance to the Valley of a Thousand Hills and is world-famous as one of the ‘Big Five’ hills in the Comrades Marathon.
A booklet called A History of Botha’s Hill, issued in 1981 by the Local History Research Unit of the town’s illustrious school, Kearsney College, documents that the Trekkers’ course ‘almost certainly led them down Botha’s Hill more or less where the Old Main Road now runs.’ The research team also established that the eponymous Botha was Cornelius, a one-time harbour master of Port Natal, who in 1851 registered an inn – Botha’s Halfway House – near the steep and winding hill.
For those with an interest in history or yoga, there “Tiny House Farai” which is operated by “Doing Yoga Now“, situated at 3 Old Main Road, just across the train tracks from The Halfway Mark Trading Post … This special yoga studio is situated on the same property as the old Toll-House which used to see many cattle and horse-drawn carts through the property. The little thatched Toll-House still exists!
Kearsney College moved here in 1939 from its original home on the North Coast. Kearsney College is a private high school for boys, founded by Sir Liege Hulett, sugar baron.
Botha’s Hill is a famous tourist route and a favourite local destination too. With an assortment of restaurants that each serve their own magnificent view of the area as well as a variety of activities such as the Puzzle Place.
Botha’s Hill is a destination not to be missed, be sure to travel this route with plenty of time to spare as there is so much to see and do!
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