Everton forms part of Kloof, a leafy, middle- to upper class suburb and small town in the greater Durban area of eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The word Kloof (cf. cleft) means ‘gorge’ in Afrikaans and the area is named after the deep ravine formed by the Molweni stream (stream of high cliffs). The Kloof Gorge is part of the 4.47 square kilometres Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. Kloof extends from the top of Field’s Hill and borders Winston Park, Gillitts, Forest Hills and Hillcrest. These suburbs are collectively known as the Upper Highway Area or the Outer West region of Durban. It is known as a mist-belt with winding roads and tree-surrounded mansions.
The climate offers a welcome change from the heat and humidity of Durban, due to its elevated position above sea level. It is reputed that Hillcrest and surrounds have one of the healthiest climates in the world. Annual rainfall is in the region of 900mm, and the mean temperature is 18°C. Soils are generally very fertile, as is evident by the lush, leafy vegetation, making the area a gardeners delight.
Everton’s gorge, carved by the Molweni River extends to the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve and incorporates extensive areas of the Durban Metropolitan Open Space System (D’Moss.) A number of accessible trails meander through this beautiful riparian forest providing excellent opportunities for walkers to be immersed in nature.