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One of Kwazulu-Natal’s best-kept hideaways is undoubtedly Cato Ridge, the pristine town situated midway between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. The region offers a spectrum of exciting activities for day-trippers and holiday-goers alike. The town’s attraction factor is in the process of refurbishing, with a tourist route being developed between Cato Ridge and the nearby town of Hillcrest. Cato Ridge is most often recalled as refreshment point for the world famous Comrades Marathon between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. The Valley of 1000 Hills is a sure visitor attraction in the province itself, a fine example of the earth’s physical splendour set in a valley formed by the Mngeni River and its tributaries. The Cato Ridge region is well kitted out with comfortable guest lodges, pubs and tea shops looking over the majestic hills and still dams.
The 1000 Hills Choo Choo winds its way through the picturesque landscape from Kloof Station to Cato Ridge, the perfect weekend day trip. Other fun activities on both land and water include boat cruises on one of the three main dams, guided fishing trips and 4x4 drives across the valley. For adventure fanatics and extreme sport fundis paragliding, off road quad biking, helicopter rides, hot air ballooning and horse trails can all be reserved in the Cato Ridge area. According to property experts the Cato Ridge area and surrounds is predicted to experience substantial development in the near future. The town is easily accessible from the highway and offers plenty of commercial and industrial opportunity. As for the tourism sector, the area is likely to become even more popular as a holiday destination. Visitors flock to experience this tranquil country setting in the comfort of five-star hospitality. Campers are also welcome to settle in the nearby secure camping areas where ablutions are also available. The avid camper will certainly appreciate the wealth of birdlife and smaller mammals that roam the valley.