Things To Do In The Valley Of 1000 Hills
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:
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.
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.
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
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:
- The Heritage Market in Hillcrest
- The 1000 Hills Arts and Crafts Village in Botha’s Hill
- The PheZulu Crocodile and Snake Park in Botha’s Hill
- The Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park in Hillcrest
- The Pavilion Shopping Centre in Westville
- The Sri Sri Radhanath Temple of Understanding
- The African Bird of Prey Sanctuary
- The Umgeni River Bird Park
- The Durban Botanic Gardens
- Greyville Racecourse
- The Umkhumbane Flea Market
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