Valley of a Thousand Hills
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.