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Cowies Hill, Pinetown


Cowies Hill at a glance

Looking for an upmarket suburb nestled in Pinetown? Cowies Hill, a notable gem in the crown of KwaZulu-Natal, is an area worth considering. Highly sought after, Cowies Hill has a relaxed atmosphere with many chic, generous properties and secure estates to call home.


Initially established as a farmland in the latter part of the 19th century, Cowies Hill was owned by Scotsman William Cowie and was known as Buffelskop (Buffalo Head). The rich soil and attractive greenery provided a picturesque settlement and the perfect conditions for lucrative farming. The inland area overlooks the suburb of Pinetown and shares historical value with the area. 


Due to the suburb's elevated position, Cowies Hill has a cooler climate. The weather is enjoyable for those who love to spend time outdoors, as you can do so with minimal discomfort. Summer temperature highs range from 29-32°C, while winter rarely drops to below 13°C. Cowies Hill has the perfect climate for thriving vegetation and is perfect for those who love gardening. 

Distance from key points (Airport/CBD) 

The King Shaka International Airport is a little over half an hour away depending on traffic and routes taken. The Durban CBD is approximately 20 minutes away via the N3 and King Cetshwayo Highway. 

It is surrounded by popular highways and makes travel to your favourite destinations easily accessible. 


Cowies Hill has excellent schools in and around the area that cater to children of all ages. The Cowies Hill Pre-Primary School is the main learning institution in the area and caters to kids between the ages of 14 months and 6 years. Early childhood development is an important part of the educational journey of a child and Cowies Hill Pre-Primary focuses on modern and effective methods of teaching. 

Atholl Heights Primary School, Highway College and Star College Durban are also within two km of the area. 

For secondary schools and further education training, Westville and Pinetown have convenient options nearby. 


There is access to medical providers close to Cowies Hill, notably Life The Crompton Hospital which is a quick 11-minute drive away. There are also medi-clinics, dentists, chiropractors, etc. a short distance away in areas like Westville and Pinetown. The Cowies Hill Veterinary Clinic is on 840 Old Main Road and is on hand to tend to the wellbeing of your pets. 

Shopping centres

Grocery stores in the area include the SPAR on 174 Josiah Gumede Road which has one of the best in-house bakeries around. Household items from cutlery and detergents to discounted groceries and fresh produce can also be found here. 

The Sasol Cowies Hill also offers a range of staple products, non-perishable items, ready-made meals and more. The convenience station is open 24 hours a day. 

The Pineville Junction Craft Village is a few minutes from Cowies Hill and has a variety of local businesses such as candle stores and solar lighting. The market also hosts fundraising events, open days and specials on products and services offered in the community. There is a sports bar on the premises where you can socialise while enjoying some delicious food, play pool, watch the latest game or hire the venue for a private function.  

While there may not be major shopping malls in Cowies Hill, the area is close to some of the best retailers in neighbouring suburbs. The Pavilion Shopping Centre, Westwood Mall and The Westville Junction are around the corner.


The LivingRoom at Summerhill Estate is a culinary retreat tucked away from the rest of the world and impeccably crafted to deliver on fine dining cuisine and elegant accommodation. Run by a German family, this getaway highlights the international trend of a truly immersive foodie experience. From gourmet breakfasts to tasting menus and sustainably sourced produce, The LivingRoom is changing the way South Africans view heritage dishes with a sophisticated twist. 

The methods used at The LivingRoom are in keeping with organic practices, select wine pairing, seasonal fruit and vegetables and premium-quality meats. There is also a balanced dessert menu with sorbets, meringues, parfaits and more. When the weather permits, al fresco dining is a treat and the light a la carte bistro menu is always available for the Summerhill Estate houseguests. 

For a more casual dining experience, Spur Grand Canyon can be found on Old Main Road in Pinetown and offers classic favourites and weekly burgers, waffles, steak and rib specials. There are also nearby fast-food restaurants with delivery options available for those lazy days when you want to indulge on the couch. 

Special attractions 

Apart from the world-famous Comrades Marathon, Cowies Hill has an upmarket, quiet appeal that is inimitable. The quaint bed and breakfasts are booked well in advance when this annual event occurs, and there is a buzz of excitement shared by the locals and visitors alike.

For the athletically inclined, the Cowies Hill Tennis Club is a community-based sports club with excellent facilities and a clubhouse to host social gatherings, competitions and more. The club hosts tournaments and friendly matches and can also be hired for formal training sessions or by casual players. 

If you're looking for an indoor activity to enjoy all year round, the Southern Rock Climbing Centre is a fun-filled adventure for the entire family. Located in New Germany, 10 minutes from Cowies Hill is a rock climbing facility that caters to members of all age groups and skill levels. The centre offers a wide range of bouldering, auto belays and South Africa's only vertical treadmill called a Treadwall. This keeps you climbing for as long as you can hold on and tests your endurance. The Southern Rock Climbing Centre hosts birthday parties, corporate events and regular courses and classes to help you reach your full climbing potential. 

The Paradise Valley Nature Reserve is a few minutes outside Cowies Hill and boasts a magnificent waterfall, picnic area, four hiking trails, braai facilities, birdwatching and more. The Umbilo river runs through this 100-hectare coastal reserve and forest, and the trails are categorised according to difficulty levels. 

Redefine real estate in Cowies Hill 

Shelley Residential is dedicated to helping you find your forever home in Cowies Hill. With many properties having been owned for generations, this is the area to invest in for quality houses and peaceful living. We can assist with any questions you may have concerning the proximity to additional amenities, modern estates in the area and more. Contact us today.

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