The Valley of 1000 Hills is named after the many hills, cliffs and valleys that rise up from the banks of the Umgeni River as it flows from the distant Drakensberg Mountains to the Indian Ocean. The diverse area combines the luxury of laid-back country living with an ancient, indigenous culture on its doorstep. The valley has been home to the Zulu people for centuries, with many continuing to practice and live out their unique traditional lifestyle. The Valley of 1000 Hills is KwaZulu-Natal’s doorway, situated close to the beautiful beaches of the Indian Ocean as well as the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands further inland. On the crest of the hills overlooking the valley are leafy suburbs and village centers, which have astonishing views and a year-round holiday climate of warm summers and cool winters.
These villages offer all the creature comforts one would expect from a safari destination, including spas, B&Bs, fine dining, sophisticated shopping centers, outdoor adventure and local arts and crafts unique to the area. If you’re looking for a break from the fast pace of everyday life or the exhilaration of the outdoors, the Valley of 1000 Hills is the place for you.
Start with a guided tour to one of the rural areas, where one can learn about customs, beliefs, and general way of life. Visit a ‘Sangoma’, talk with a village elder or enjoy a local meal. You will come away having a better understanding of the intricate culture of the local people. The local Safari entity offers curio’s, a reptile park and one can enjoy a traditional Zulu dance.