The breathtaking Valley of a 1000 Hills is an exciting component of Durban and South Africa's province of KwaZulu-Natal - the Kingdom of the Zulu. The Valley of 1000 Hills is one of those few holiday destinations that offers something for everyone. Unspoilt nature and wildlife, magnificent scenery, wining and dining, and warm country hospitality, just a half an hour's drive from the centre of Durban. The area is named after the thousands of hills which tumble down to the mighty Umgeni River, which flows from the distant Drakensberg Mountains to the warm inviting Indian Ocean.
Nature for Life
Our enviable heritage of flora and wildlife is safeguarded within no less than 15 conservancies - the highest concentration anywhere in the Zulu Kingdom if not the entire country. Several offer unique bush- lodge or do-it-yourself accommodation from which to experience game drives, horse and hiking trails, bird-watching, fishing and boating. Well-appointed Conference Venues further allow decision- makers invaluable 'space to think' in surrounds more conducive to clear- headedness than bustling inner city environs!
Shopping till Bedtime
Gifted exponents representing every conceivable discipline of the arts and crafts continue to gravitate towards the inspirational Thousand Hills ambience, and visitors are once again truly spoiled for choice when seeking out that inimitable finishing touch for the home environment. Your 'shopping mood' can swing from The Heritage in Hillcrest complex - complete with English rose garden - to the earthy and ethnic vibe of our 1000 Hills Craft Village. In addition to this abundant array of inviting shopping centres, this wealth of creative culture pours from private galleries and individual studios that, too, seem to appear at every turn. Serious hunting for the ethnic or European-inspired - or unique fusion of the two - is thus a dedicated activity for which an appropriate amount of time needs be allocated. Thankfully there are equally many quaint coffee houses, country taverns and fine restaurants en route to sustain the quest for that 'absolutely must-have' acquisition of a lifetime! Quite possibly outnumbering all of these are the clearly sign- posted, accredited B&B establishments that cater to every taste and pocket, and vie with our long-running hotels in the value-for-money stakes.
To experience our unsurpassable Valley of a Thousand Hills is to be filled with a lifetime's vivid memories of the realm of living treasures - its spellbinding array of natural pristine glories, vibrant cultural exchanges, creative masterpieces and remarkable encounters with history.
Add to these the company of warm, friendly and helpful local folk, and you’re bound to harbor dreams of a swift return. We look forward to sharing our slice of paradise with yet another future ambassador of the inimitable Thousand Hills Experience - see you soon!
Valley of a Thousand Hills Nature Reserves
There is so much nature all around you in the Valley of a Thousand Hills that you would never believe that you are just 25 kilometres or so from a major city. There are at least three major nature reserves at Shongweni, Kranzkloof Nature Reserve and Nagle Dam, and several other smaller reserves and conservancies scattered around the area.
Kranzkloof Nature Reserve is a sub-tropical jungle with waterfalls and countless small mammals and bird species. You can follow a trail to the top of a cliff where you can see a crowned eagle, Africa's biggest raptor, which feeds on monkeys and hyraxes.
Shongweni offers exciting hiking trails through thorn bush with larger game such as bushbuck, wildebeest, rhino and giraffe. A private reserve at PheZulu offers game drives with many species of antelope, and a crocodile and snake farm.
The following is a list of Nature Reserves in the 1000 Hills or Valley of a Thousand Hills area.
Clive Cheesman Nature Reserve
Crestholme Nature Reserve
Glenholme Nature Reserve
Inanda Resort Reserve
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve
Nagle Resource Reserve
Phezulu Safari Park
Shongweni Resource Reserve
Springside Nature Reserve
For more information please contact Gary Edwards (031) 736 2323 or visit Thousand Hills Tourism
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