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

Overnight? See Valley of 1000 Hills accommodation, in KwaZulu Natal

A magnificent gorge between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the Valley of 1 000 Hills is about more than its spectacular greenery and the clear blue of the African sky. It’s even about more than the breath-taking photo opportunities and idyllic backdrops to your holiday memories. The Valley of 1 000 Hills is a place where the true and untainted beauty of Africa is celebrated in its scenery, animals, culture, history, and the vibe that infuses this part of KwaZulu-Natal.

The Valley of 1 000 Hills is situated between the massive urban metropolis of Durban and capital city of the province, Pietermaritzburg. The valley is the meeting point of the Umgeni and Msunduzi rivers, making it a place of unrivalled natural beauty. The Umgeni flows all the way from the mammoth Drakensberg to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

This region is also famous for its deep and complex culture and history. The province was once the homeland of powerful Zulu tribes and villages. When the Boers and the British were vying for territory, though, there were many bloody battles. Today, the battlefields serve as reminders of the exorbitant price once paid for such magnificent territory. These can be visited on battlefield tours, and the museums in the area are a fascinating addition to any historical tour.

There are many cultural villages that still occupy parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Valley of 1 000 Hills. Visiting these villages means getting a sneak-peek into the traditional lives of the local African people. See their huts, visit their medicine men, taste their traditional food, enjoy song and dance performances, and meet with the people that call this home to have a real glimpse of the South African experience.

Of course, an area this spectacular is just begging to be explored. So, take advantage of the many walking, hiking, running and cycling trails through the valley. The mountains are excellent for rock climbing, abseiling, and heading out on 4 x 4 adventures.

The Valley of 1 000 Hills is well-equipped with hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, and other accommodation. It has an excellent infrastructure so that visitors from all over the world are assured of quality and convenience amidst the beauty. The King Shaka International Airport is within a short drive from many of the attractions in the area.

Popular Towns in the Valley of 1000 Hills


Overnight? Accommodation in 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 cooler than Durban...

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Bothas Hill

Overnight? Accommodation in Bothas Hill
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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Overnight? Accommodation in 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 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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Overnight? Accommodation in 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 homes...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Drummond
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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Overnight? Accommodation in Gillitts
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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Overnight? Accommodation in Hillcrest
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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Overnight? Accommodation in 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 since 1895...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Kloof
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

Overnight? Accommodation in 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 once they'd turned...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Queensburgh
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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Overnight? Accommodation in Waterfall
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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