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Valley of a Thousand Hills
Valley of a Thousand Hills

Valley of a Thousand Hills

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The Basics

The Valley of a Thousand Hills’ close proximity to Durban makes it a great day trip destination, while its array of accommodations and dining make it well suited for extended vacations. If you are departing from Durban, you can choose from an array of guided tours that add depth to the cultural experience by including traditional dance shows and the chance to explore an authentic homestead. Many day trips to the valley also include the chance to stop at a crocodile park and visit the PheZulu cultural village.

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Durban Shore Excursion: Durban City, Valley of 1000 Hills and PheZulu Tour
Durban Shore Excursion: Durban City, Valley of 1000 Hills and PheZulu Tour
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US$128.96 per adult
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Excellent overview of Durban
Had a really nice day with Thamy as our guide. He is was informative, interesting and took time to give us a nice overview of Durban. Got us back to ship safely and on time. The trip to the village was great and well worth the time.
Mark_T, Jan 2020

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Valley of a Thousand Hills is popular among nature lovers and cultural enthusiasts.
  • You can sample local cuisine in the valley’s restaurants.
  • Bring sturdy shoes and a camera: there are ample hiking and photography opportunities.
  • The steep region is difficult to navigate with a wheelchair or stroller.
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How to Get There

The Valley of a Thousand Hills is located 31 miles (50 kilometers) outside of Durban. You can visit the area by car—take the N3 to Mr385 Road and Inchanga Drive to D1004 Road. Or, simplify the trip by booking a guided tour that includes round-trip transportation from your hotel. For a scenic journey, you can take the Umgeni Steam Train through the valley from Kloof.

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When to Get There

The valley welcomes visitors year-round, but the fresh mountain air is especially appealing during Durban’s hot, humid summers (December through February).

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Wildcard

Riding the Umgeni Steam Train One of the most popular ways to see the Valley of a Thousand Hills is on the historic Umgeni Steam Train from Kloof to Inchanga and back again. Traveling through the valley on a train grants you unmatched views of the stunning scenery as you overlook the valley and pass through villages. The train’s stop in Inchanga allows time to explore the local craft market before making the return trip to Kloof.

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