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Westville Tourism Information
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KwaZulu Natal Tourism In Westville

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Lying just 15 minutes from Durban CBDthe beautiful, much sought after leafy-green KwaZulu Natal suburb of Westville is the first western borough of "Greater Durban", between the KwaZulu Natal suburb of Sherwood, and the industrial areas of Pinetown. Westville was named after Sir Martin West, Lieutenant-Governor of Natal in the mid-19th Century, whose farm was later transformed into this up-market KwaZulu Natal Westville residential area, which has recently become a thriving business centre, with prestigious office parks springing up and attracting major companies and professional firms to Westville.

Right in the middle of the 'country-like' atmosphere of Westville, nature lovers and the outdoor adventurer are catered for, as the Westville Palmiet Nature Reserve spans the length of Westville valley, and has numerous trails which lead hikers to various interesting sites, which include waterfalls, cliffs, a grassy mountain ridge and picnic sites. 200 years ago the Westville Palmiet Nature Reserve was known as a wild and untamed place, full of giant 20 foot (6m) pythons, leopards and lions. Back then it was cultivated with bananas, pineapples, mangoes and pawpaws, and teeming with kingfishers and owls.  Many of the same types of birds still circle the sky over this tranquil Westville valley, making this Westville nature reserve a bird watchers paradise. Today, the Westville Palmiet Nature Reserve lying In the midst of the bustling KwaZulu Natal suburb of Westville remains as mysterious as it was, (sans the exotic wildlife) - a peaceful, quiet place with a meandering river running through it.

Bounded by the N3 and M19 freeways, with the N2 and M7 nearby, plus the M13 running through it, Westville offers easy access to all points of the compass, namely the KwaZulu Natal South Coast, KZN North Coast and KZN Midlands & Battlefields. Westville, on the the M13 freeway  is in fact on the route of the world-famous Comrades Marathon, which takes place annually between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Although Westville boasts many excellent Star Graded Westville Bed & Breakfast accommodation options, as well as Westville Self Catering accommodation, it is advised that visitors hoping to find Westville accommodation for the Comrades Marathon should make bookings well in advance.

Lying near Westville Spaghetti Junction is the stylish Westville Pavilion Shopping Centre, which draws shoppers from all over the KwaZulu Natal province and beyond. The Westville 'Pav', as it's fondly known, offers over 40 restaurants, cinemas, a banking mall with Forex facilities, supermarkets, plenty of fashion outlets, and stores stocked with sports equipment, electronics, décor, music, books, and much more. Whatever you forgot to bring on your trip to Westville - they've got it.
(In case of emergency, Westville Hospital - Life Healthcare is right next door to Westville Pavilion Shopping Centre).
For those who want more shopping, there's Westwood Shopping Mall situated on the edge of Westville, boasting a variety of new and exciting stores, as well as two smaller centres in the heart of Westville - Westville Mall and Westville Village Market - home to Westville Virgin Active.

Westville is also known as an excellent academic centre, boasting its own university at the Westville Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, which provides  a high standard of education and training. In the inviting setting of the long-established Westville community, this KwaZulu Natal tertiary institution is a natural progression for students graduating from Westville Boys High School and Westville Girls High School - schools that have served Westville's educational needs for the past 60 years.

Westville accommodation:
When looking for lodgings in Westville, visit the WhereToStay Westville accommodation page to see our superb selection of Star Graded Westville Bed & Breakfast accommodation options, which generally house excellent conference facilities, and Westville Self Catering accommodation overlooking the unspoilt Palmiet Nature Reserve. If you are particular about only searching for Star Graded Westville accommodation, then we recommend that you visit our special Star Graded Westville accommodation facility.
Other KwaZulu Natal towns near Westville with WhereToStay accommodation listings : Cowies Hill accommodation - 4.7km from Westville accommodation; Sherwood accommodation - 7.4km from Westville accommodation; New Germany accommodation - 10.1km from Westville accommodation; Pinetown accommodation - 11km from Westville accommodation.

What to do and see in Westville:
The Umkhumbane Market lies on the outskirts of Westville just past the Westville Pavilion Shopping Centre, guaranteeing a delightful Sunday excursion. This Westville market often has a variety of musicians and dancers adding to the vibe. Visitors can browse at stalls selling traditional ethnic wear, funky clothing, rich and vibrant textiles, African ornaments, curios and carvings, jewellery and ceramics. There's also a jumping castle and pony rides which provides endless fun for smaller kids.

For the historically minded, the Westville Bergtheil Museum is located in the oldest building in Westville, and dates back to the 1840's. Declared a National Monument in 1983, this Westville museum is named after Jonas Bergtheil who was a politician, entrepreneur and businessman in the settlement's early years. The Bergtheil Museum displays various items which include household and workshop implements, documents, photographs, war medals and memorabilia, and a collection of Zulu artefacts and crafts

Centrally positioned within Westville, the Westville Country Club offers a wide variety of social, dining and sporting activities, and boasts superb bowls, squash and tennis facilities.
Just 2 minutes away you'll find the Westville Theatre Club, which stages productions providing fabulous entertainment for club members, family, friends and the public. The Westville Theatre Club lies on the same premises as the Westville Swimming Pool, an Olympic size pool which is a favourite gathering place for both adults and children during summer.

The running enthusiast will be familiar with the Westville Athletic Club - one of the most successful, respected and recognisable clubs in the country.

For more info on all that Westville has to offer, visit the WhereToStay Westville Activities page.

Where to eat in Westville:
Westville boasts a diverse selection of cuisine - from fast foods, to pubs serving great steaks and burgers, to exotic Thai and Chinese food. You'll find cosy coffee shops for that quick 'cuppa', and health bars serving smoothies for that after gym treat. For more options, visit the WhereToStay Westville Restaurants page.

Directions to Westville:
Westville lies just 32km on the N2 from Amanzimtoti, an easy 23 minutes South to the start of the KwaZulu Natal South Coast, and 27km on the N2 North to Umhlanga Rocks (or take the M4 along Durban beachfront) on the KwaZulu Natal North Coast route.  Drive North via the N3 from Westville for about 50 minutes to Pietermaritzburg, the start of the KZN Midlands & Battlefields, from where you have easy access to the Drakensberg.

Westville weather:
Westville never experiences weather of extreme lows or highs. The Westville Winter is around a mild 22°, and Summer a balmy 30° - the ideal environment which escapes the extreme heat of the Durban CBD Summers, and the much colder Upper Highway Winter temperatures.

Westville contact details:
For contact details for provisions and amenities, call the local directory on 1023, or international telephone directory on 10903.
Other important Westville numbers :
Westville Fire Station: +27 (0)31 361-0000
Westville Police Station: +27 (0)31 267-7343
Westville Hospital: +27 (0)31 251-6911

Guests visit to Westville

Being from up-country, and needing Westville accommodation, I was on the lookout for a Bed and Breakfast in Westville (a suburb of Durban, KwaZulu Natal),

We were accommodated at Ntengu Lodge, the most exquisite Guest House in Westville. Ntengu Lodge is a 5 star luxury guest house perched on the edge of a ravine on the Westville Palmiet Nature Reserve - a peaceful, quiet place teeming with abundant bird life, and a meandering river running through it.

In the middle of the busy Westville suburb, we felt like we were on Safari, enjoying stunning views of the Westville Palmiet Nature Reserve from the deck while we sipped cocktails at days end.

Our Ntengu Lodge hosts happily filled us in on the history of Westville. Not only has it become a thriving business center, but it also sports the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Then there's the fact that Westville accommodation is on the route of the world-famous Comrades Marathon, which takes place annually between Durban and Pietermaritzburg - Bed and Breakfasts in Westville are very popular during this time, and should be booked way in advance. Westville Self Catering accommodation will be just as popular.

Just minutes away lies the Westville Pavilion Shopping Center, where the girls took the opportunity to shop and eat a sumptuous meal in one of the 40 restaurants on offer, while the guys escaped to the nearby Westville Driving Range.

On a day off, we took the opportunity to drive to the Durban beach-front, although once there, we were in no hurry to stay, preferring to head North to quaint places like Hillcrest, Botha's Hill and Drummond.

Discovering Westville and the surrounding areas was an unexpected delight, and I plan to return to Westville, only this time I may look at renting a Self Catering unit, and bring the whole family with.

Thank you Andrew and the team at Ntengu Lodge, and special thanks to 'the barefoot chef' for the scrumptious treats.

Nicole
PS. The Westville Hotel looked pretty good, and may be worth a consideration