Cato Ridge Accommodation
Cato Ridge is a rapidly developing industrial and residential area just off the N3 highway in KwaZulu Natal (KZN). Its position, almost halfway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, KZN's 2 biggest cities, makes it extremely convenient as it is physically close to a variety of attractions, as well as being well-connected via a well-maintained national road.
Cato Ridge falls under the same municipality as Durban (eThekwini) but may as well be an independent settlement. Named after the inaugural mayor of Durban, George Christopher Cato, it lies northwest of Pinetown and Hillcrest and neighbours the Inchanga.
It was once little more than an outlying township, but thanks to its connected position, it soon became a popular industrial area for the storage of goods which were to be moved across the country, either via the N3 road or via ship from the Durban port. Furthermore, as the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg spread, the ridge became increasingly popular as a residential area too.
While there aren't many attractions in Cato Ridge itself, it is definitely a busy spot thanks to the industry located there and other businesses like the Cato Ridge Aviation Centre. It is also extremely well located for events like the Comrades Marathon and more well-known tourist attractions like the Valley of 1000 Hills, which is a mere stone's throw away.
The KwaZulu Natal Midlands are also easily accessible and closer still are the attractions in the big cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban.
As for Cato Ridge itself, the outskirts are gorgeous, surrounded as they are by rolling hills and lush vegetation, while the subtropical climate is made more bearable by the slight altitude, giving it a head start over Durban which can be very hot and sticky in the height of summer.
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