The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Hilton

Hilton is a picturesque town

Hilton - KwaZulu-Natal

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Hilton is a small town with a country atmosphere. It is located on the top of Town Hill overlooking Pietermaritzburg.

One of the first things that you notice about Hilton is the beautiful trees and the spread out nature of the buildings. The main road winds through the town revealing something interesting after each bend.

The town gets its name from a farm of the same name. In 1860 Joseph and Jane Henderson named their farm Hilton and the name stuck.

There is plenty of accommodation available in Hilton. The options range from bed and breakfast establishments to a hotel.

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The town is well known for its educational institutions which include Hilton College and St. Anne's Diocesan College.

There is a railway museum which features some old locomotives and coaches. Sadly it has fallen into disrepair and is probably only of interest to enthusiasts.

Tell us if you enjoy visiting or staying at Hilton.

Shopping centre

Modern shopping centre

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Steam locomotive

Steam locomotive at the railway museum

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Steam locomotive and coaches

Steam locomotive and coaches

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References and further reading

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 80

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2014 - Page: 102

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 335

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 235

Country Life - Issue 224 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 106

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 132

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 231


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