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Game Lodges in Valley of a Thousand Hills

It’s exactly as the name implies; the Valley of a Thousand Hills in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa consists of green, rolling hills that extend beyond the horizon. The expanse is located midway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg and west of the N3 highway. Before visiting, s... read more

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It’s exactly as the name implies; the Valley of a Thousand Hills in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa consists of green, rolling hills that extend beyond the horizon. The expanse is located midway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg and west of the N3 highway. Before visiting, stop in at the 1000 Hills Tourism Information Centre on the old Main Road in Botha’s Hill to work out routes and for advice on happenings in the area.

During the Pleistocene (ice) age, the sea receded and the rivers that remained gouged deep ravines, creating hill upon hill. As the earth warmed, the hills were gradually engulfed by plants that thrived under the heat and, but for a network of roads, a few farmhouses, reserves, villages and the occasional series of power lines, this is the scene presented to visitors today.

Protected by 15 conservancies, the Valley of a Thousand Hills is one of the few remaining untouched areas in South Africa. The area is known as the Kingdom of the Zulu where traditional Zulu villages with their trademark beehive huts are scattered throughout the area.

The Valley of a Thousand Hills has much to offer the traveller;

Stop in for an early dinner at Intaba View while sitting out on the restaurant deck and watching the sun set over the horizon.

Travel to the isiThumba Adventure Park to take up their hiking tour where you are guided along the picturesque Umgeni River to reach a spectacular view site on a rocky promontory.

Check out KwaZulu-Natal’s version of Table Mountain, a 960m-high mountain that the Zulus call emKhambathini or the place of Acacia trees.

Visit a Zulu village to engage with the locals and experience their way of life and culture. You may be fortunate enough to be offered a meal in a villager’s hut or to watch a traditional dance.

Other offerings include fishing on the Shongweni Dam, a train trip on the Umgeni Steam Railway’s steam train (last Sunday of every month), safaris, rock climbing and mountain biking.

About Game Lodges

This is the ultimate experience for guests wanting to get close to nature without compromising on comfort. Guests can usually choose to stay half board, with breakfast, lunch and selected drinks covered, or full board, with all meals and selected drinks, at the game lodge of their choice. All guests will enjoy luxury amenities; with unique touches to decor and layout that enhance their stay in gorgeous natural surrounds. Wildlife and birdlife is abundant in the areas the lodges are located in, and guests will often have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the animals, without leaving the lodge. For those in search of the more reclusive animals in the areas, often including the Big Five, game drives are offered. Getaway and experience the beauty of Africa’s bushlife, while staying in supreme luxury at one of our many Game Lodges.