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Posted on: Monday, 3 December 2012

Things To Do In The Valley Of 1000 Hills

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Giba Gorge Bike Park

Giba Gorge Bike Park

The Valley of 1 000 Hills, nestled in the South African province of KwaZulu Natal, is one of the country’s most magnificent destinations. The valley has been etched by the Mngeni River and the many streams that branch off from it. The sheer natural beauty of the region is offset by the serenity that characterises it. Imposing mountains loom over the lush valley with only the clear, high African skies as a constant companion.

Although an intimate getaway, The Valley of 1 000 Hills receives many visitors and is, as a result, well equipped to host tourists. It is only about 30 minutes away from the commercial hub of Durban and the King Shaka International Airport. Here are 4 things to do during your time in this gorgeous KwaZulu Natal retreat:

Cultural villages

This area is known for its strong ties to the Zulu culture. The three cultural villages invite visitors to become part of the local customs, homes and family life, even if only for a while. This provides so much insight into the history and character of modern-day South Africa and her diverse people.

Temple Of Understanding

Temple Of Understanding

The 1000 Hills Bird Park

Situated in Botha’s Hill, this park is home to a plethora of exquisite birds, including rare and exotic breeds. There are walk-through aviaries, which give visitors the opportunity to be right in the midst of some of the most beautiful animals imaginable. To add to the fun, there is a 150-metre long zipline (also known as a foefie slide) as well as braai and picnic facilities.

Nature reserves

Due to the natural splendour and abundance of The Valley of 1 000 Hills, it hosts a number of game parks and nature reserves. These include the Crestholme Nature Reserve, Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, Madwala Conservancy, Nagle Resource Reserve, Phezulu Safari Park, Springside Nature Reserve and Shongweni Resource Reserve. These are home to an astounding variety of plant and animal species, making The Valley of 1 000 Hills an ideal escape for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Muddy Paws Herb and Lavender Farm

Greyville Race Course

Greyville Race Course

This farm is situated on the outskirts of The Valley of 1 000 Hills, near Crestholme. The herb garden and large nursery are lush and beautiful, inviting visitors to pick their own lavender, choose fresh herbs and buy a variety of herb-based products. There is also a craft store where tourists can buy gifts and keepsakes for their friends and family members as a little taste of KwaZulu Natal. The farm animals at Muddy Paws love to welcome visitors.

For those tourists willing to travel a little further afield, there are plenty more attractions and activities in store. These include:

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Amelia Meyer


Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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