Valley of 1000 Hills

The main attractions on the 1000 Hills Experience are the dramatic landscape and Zulu culture which is well interpreted at three cultural villages

KwaZulu Natal Tourist AttractionsThe Valley of 1000 Hills

The Valley of a 1000 Hills forms around the majestic valley created by the Mngeni River and it's tributaries.

Where? The Valley of 1000 Hills, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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The Valley of 1000 Hills Route is one of KwaZulu Natal's best kept secrets. Many artists and crafters have been attracted to the beauty and tranquility of this area which is dotted with cozy guest lodges, friendly pubs and tea gardens with sweeping views over the hills and dams.

The main attractions on the 1000 Hills Experience are the dramatic landscape and Zulu culture which is well interpreted at three cultural villages.

The 1000 Hills Choo Choo offers steam train trips from Kloof station to Cato Ridge on weekends and the more adventurous can view the stunning scenery from the skies.

Microlight flips are organised from Cato Ridge Airfield. There are also boat cruises on Shongweni, Nagle and Inanda Dams and visitors can spend a day on a fishing trip or escorted 4 wheel drives through the Valley Floor.

Popular Towns in the Valley of 1000 Hills

Assagay

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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 cooler than Durban...

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Bothas Hill

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From the top of Botha’s Hill to the base of Cowies Hill, there is a drop of more than 500 metres in less than 22 kilometres - small wonder that the down run is such a challenge. Botha’s Hill was named such after Cornelius Botha who opened a...

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Camperdown

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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 the...

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Cato Ridge

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On a ridge it might sit, but essentially it has taken on the overflow from Durban and Pietermaritzburg, growing industrially and residentially as a result. It has become known as Durban's 'dry port' as large distribution and logistics...

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Crestholme

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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 homes...

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Drummond

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Fewer than 200 years ago, the area that is now Drummond was the home of local tribes, whose way of life was steeped in tradition and rich in culture. However, when Captain Percy J Kingham and his soon-to-be wife, Elise, arrived in 1902, these...

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Gillitts

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Gillitts is a peaceful and relaxing suburb of Durban - many residents do a daily commute - and the humidity, for which Durban is renowned, seems to dissipate up here where the air feels clearer and the rolling green surrounds give the...

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Hillcrest

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Literally on a hill on a crest someway above Durban, Hillcrest was once a little hamlet that bordered on the Valley of a Thousand Hills, surrounded by green pastures and farmland. It was a retreat away from the hub of the city, somewhere...

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Inchanga

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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 since 1895...

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Kloof

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Kloof, the Afrikaans word for ravine, lies some 25 kilometres from Durban - a leafy and green village perched 550 metres above sea level with a reputation for a tranquil lifestyle that offers a retreat from the sometimes enervating humidity...

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New Germany

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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 once they'd turned...

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Queensburgh

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With the push for property moving prices well out of reach of the average South African, Queensburgh manages to provide affordable properties to first time buyers as well as more substantial homes for top of the market range purchasers, and...

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Waterfall

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Waterfall is virtually a suburb of Hillcrest, lying as it does directly north of Kloof and adjacent to Hillcrest and Forest Hill, barely 30 plus kilometres outside of Durban. And this is the main advantage of a stay in Waterfall - that...

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Did you know?

The Valley of 1000 Hills lies between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, called such for the repeatedly folded hills that extend as far as the eye can see from the top of Botha’s Hill. Up on this ridge the views of hills, valley and gorges is a feast for sore eyes. Drive a choice of routes from here that pass villages, art galleries, country pubs, nature reserves, farms and places to stay.

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