The Valley of 1000 Hills is named after the many hills, cliffs and valleyswhich rise up from the banks of the Umgeni River as it flows from the distant Drakensberg mountains to the Indian Ocean. The diverse area combines the luxury of laid-back country living with an ancient, indigenous culture on its doorstep. The valley has been home to the Zulu people for centuries, with many continuing to practice and live their unique traditional lifestyle.
The Valley of 1000 Hills is KwaZulu-Natal’s doorway, situated close to the beautiful beaches of the Indian Ocean as well as the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, further inland. On the crest of the hills overlooking the valley are leafy suburbs and village centres, which have astonishing views and a year round holiday climate of warm summers and cool winters.
These villages offer all the creature comforts one would expect from a holiday destination, including spas, B&Bs, fine dining, sophisticated shopping centres, outdoor adventure and local arts and crafts unique to the area. If you’re looking for a break from the fast pace of everyday life or the exhilaration of the outdoors, the Valley of 1000 Hills is the place for you. We trust that you will enjoy your stay and come back again and again.
There are various tours in the valley area, from walks through a village to meet the headman, consult a Sangoma and learn about the culture and beliefs of the Zulu nation.
PheZulu Safari Park offers a tour of a traditional village, tasting of Zulu beer and viewing of Zulu dancers performing a traditional dance. You can also see the crocodiles and learn about local snakes.
Horses and horse riding is very popular and the local community can accommodate whatever your interests are: from visiting horse breeders to a jockey academy, to eating cucumber sandwiches and sipping sparkling wine while watching a polo contest or taking leisurely horse rides.
The local craft and farmers market operates on a Saturday morning. The variety of food and farm produce ranges from organic to permaculture. In the spirit of most successful markets the crafter section covers a huge range of diverse items.
On the last Sunday of each month take a ride on the Umngeni Steam Railway train which puffs its way through the rolling hills. This is the route of the original train line linking the Port of Natal to the interior of South Africa.
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