Destinations & Attractions in Valley of 1000 Hills, in Durban

Valley of 1000 Hills Destinations & Attractions

The Valley of 1000 Hills is aptly named, as it presents the visitor with mile after endless mile of magnificent rolling mountains and valleys as a truly exquisite ode to the natural beauty of South Africa. Situated in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal, the Valley of 1000 Hills is central. Still, it remains quiet, not tainted by industry or human interference. Because of its untouched serenity, it continues to be a major source of inspiration for artists and authors that come here to create their work.

Amidst the beauty lies an abundance of places to see, stay, eat and drink. The local folk are friendly and welcoming.

The Zulu culture is dominant here, and time spent in the Valley of 1000 Hills gives visitors the opportunity to gain a real insight into and perspective on this ancient African culture. Whether it is conveyed in the arts and crafts of the locals, the surrounding towns or the people that you meet, it is sure to make your experience of the region very special. The main towns of the area are Botha’s Hill, Cato Ridge, Hillcrest, Pinetown, and Queensburgh.

Hillcrest has blossomed from a quiet little village to a veritable town that is the address of choice for those that want to get out of the city and enjoy country-style living. The views of the valley are incredible.

The 1000 Hills Choo Choo remains one of the area’s most popular attractions. Steam train trips from Kloof to Inchanga are a great way to spend the day for visitors, especially families with children. The tracks border the valley, promising absolutely breath-taking views. This is one of the oldest railway trips in the country, and is certainly one of the most beautiful. On arrival at Inchanga, there is a fabulous craft market for you to enjoy, as well as restaurants and eateries.

Birding enthusiasts should definitely pay a visit to the 1000 Hills Bird Park, which is dedicated to allowing visitors to experience some of the most exciting South African avian species up close and personal. There are walk-through aviaries into which magnificent bird species allow you to enter. This is ideal for young and old nature-lovers.

There are a number of service providers that conduct formal tours of cultural Zulu villages in the Valley of 1000 Hills and surrounds. Many of these tours allow you to enter traditional huts, and sample some of the local arts, crafts, music and dance. Some even invite visitors to enjoy a meal at a village eatery.

Assagay

Situated in what has become known as Outer West Durban, Assagay, also sometimes spelt Assegay, lies just north west of Hillcrest beyond the Tollgate, when coming from the centre of Durban. This part of the world is greener and ...

Bothas Hill

Perched idyllically over the Valley of a Thousand Hills, Botha’s Hill is known for its spectacular views and its cooler temperatures, when compared to the Balmy Durban. It is popular amongst artists who come here to seek ...

Camperdown

Lying part way between Hillcrest and Pietermaritzburg along the N3, Camperdown has recently mushroomed for several rather obvious reasons. It lies close to both Durban and Pietermaritzburg, parts of its municipality falls within ...

Cato Ridge

Cato Ridge lies along the Mariannhill Toll Road between Assagay and Camperdown, just a little further west of Inchanga. Despite its pretty sounding name, Cato Ridge is not all that attractive at first glance. On a ridge it ...

Crestholme

Crestholme is a pretty area in the balmy province of KwaZulu-Natal. It offers an array of different areas, ranging from beautiful open plots (many of which are available for sale) to beautiful family smallholdings and holiday ...

Drummond

Drummond is situated exactly halfway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg on the 1 000 Hills Road and is famous for the halfway mark of the Comrades Marathon. Fewer than 200 years ago, the area that is now Drummond was the home ...

Gillitts

Less than 40 kilometres from Durban is the quiet little village of Gillitts. It remains a rather rural retreat, known for its verdant landscapes and generous smallholdings. Its countryside is characterised by wide open spaces ...

Hillcrest

What was once a sleepy little hamlet away from the city life is now one of Durban’s coveted residential neighbourhoods. It sits on the edge of the Valley of 1 000 Hills, providing very special views that are breath-taking ...

Inchanga

Roughly halfway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg rests a darling station. It is a real example of Victorian architecture set in the typical, lush green hills of KwaZulu-Natal and a reason to visit the area. It's been here ...

Kloof

Kloof offers the ultimate in peaceful living. It is green and lush, quiet and far away enough from Durban not to be interrupted by its busy pace. The plentiful vegetation has become the perfect habitat for a number of bird ...

New Germany

New Germany lies roughly 15 kilometres inland from Durban. It is called such because, way back when, a group of German immigrants to South Africa settled on a cotton-growing farm here called Westville but went on to rename it ...

Queensburgh

Queensburgh is a popular residential area. Its properties are varied enough to cater to first-time buyers all the way through to those that are looking for a luxurious family home. It is centrally situated, conveniently close to ...

Waterfall

The suburb of Waterfall affords its residents the convenience of living just a short drive from the centre of Durban, without being in the hubbub of the CBD itself. It is home to botanical gardens, as well as a number of other ...
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