Experience traditional, authentic rural Zulu culture just half an hour from Durban city centre. From the ancient and fascinating Rastafarian Caves to the most authentic Zulu experiences deep in the Valley of a 1000 Hills, you'll be welcomed, amazed and leave with a changed perspective.
Durban Green Corridor not only offers eco and adventure activities in the uMngeni valley, but also has a focus on exposing opportunities to learn about Zulu culture.
At iSithumba Adventure Park, in the Valley of a thousand hills, you can take a guided tour of the quintessential rural Zulu village. Our guides are all local people who know the area like the back of their hand and who have incredible knowledge and fascinating stories about traditional Zulu Culture, rituals, customs and general way of life. Visit the Head Man of the village and pose your questions to him, meet the Spiritual Healer and find out why and how he does his work for local village people. Visit a Shabeen and the local store and you can even be welcomed by a traditional Zulu meal cooked by one the local ladies. If you choose to spend the night you can safely do so at our homesteads where you can wake up to the sounds of the animals and to see the sun rising over the beautiful rolling hills.
At eNanda Adventure Park at Inanda Dam, you can have a tour of the sacred Shembe Village and also meet local Rastafarians that sleep and worship in caves tucked away amidst a lush green valley with a mesmerising and dramatic waterfall en route. Traditional Zulu culture and food can be enjoyed here too and a stopover at a local homestead or one of the local Bed & Breakfasts.
We offer the chance to immerse yourself genuinely in traditional Zulu culture rather than staging something for the tourist and our guides are all local people who we have trained up which ensures a memorable, informative and safe experience for all.
You can also combine a cultural morning or afternoon with some adventure to make a full day or two day trip. Try canoeing, hiking, mountain biking or bird watching at either of these sites to enjoy the great outdoors and beauty of the valley of a thousand hills from another perspective.
You have the opportunity to meet an authentic Sangoma, an African traditional healer. Make your way to the uMzinyathi Gorge and discover its waterfall and pristine valley vegetation. And when you think you have seen it all, you are stunned by a sacred cliff face cave, which has been used by Rastafarians as a place for their spiritual traditions.
At iSithumba Adventures, in the Valley of a thousand hills, you can take a guided tour of the quintessential rural Zulu village. Our guides are all local people who know the area like the back of their hand and who have incredible knowledge and fascinating stories about traditional Zulu Culture, rituals, customs and general way of life.
The Woza eNanda Ohlange Trail allows you to discover the life of the first ANC president and his heritage left behind. As you walk through this community you will find many organisations that have developed a philosophy of community engagement and upliftment, on-going perseverance and work that will leave you overwhelmed.
Take a walk with a difference on one of our Woza eNanda Urban Community walks. The Bhambayi Trail takes you to the home of the late Mahatma Ghandi and lets you experience his way of life in this area as you walk through the community. Learn about his values and life principles which still exist and is communicated to the world in various ways.
Very few Durban residents or even visitors to Durban are aware of the amazing natural beauty and wild areas just inland of the city. Durban Green Corridor has a variety of prefect locations for a day out enjoying guided nature trails. Perfect for families and those looking to get into the great outdoors, learn about nature or just for something special to do over the weekend.
Durban Green Corridors Guided Nature Trails start at approximately two hours and cover relatively easy terrain. Hiking trails along the uMngeni River, Inanda dam and deep valleys you can’t believe exist so close to the city of Durban are ideal places to simply get away from the crowds and take in mother nature in all her splendor.
A two hour guided nature trail at eNanda Adventure Park meanders along the shores of Indana Dam where you will find fascinating variety of birds, learn about the rich history and culture of the area and get introduced to interesting information on trees and the ecology of the area in amongst spectacular scenery and natural beauty.
Bird watching, the latest addition to the Durban Green Corridor ecotourism quiver gives tourists just that, an astonishing birding experience right here along the uMngeni River Valley in Durban. Our main bird watching service in Durban is the Finfoot Loop, a self-drive loop (with an experienced local nature guide) that takes birders along the uMngeni River, from the shores of the Indian Ocean, deep into the rural river gorges and cliffs of the eNanda Dam.
Hike along the uMngeni shores less than 10 minutes from the city, explore the mangroves and boardwalk in perfect tranquility. Perfect for families and those looking to get into the great outdoors, learn about nature or just for something special to do over the weekend and an ideal places to simply get away from the crowds and take in mother nature in all her splendor. Kids love this trail, a wonderful educational activity and can be led by experienced environmental educators.
Our guided hiking trails around Inanda Dam are safe; require only a limited level of fitness, fully guided by experienced guides and prefect for the entire family. And why not top it off with a quiet picnic on the shores of Inanda Dam after you walk! The trails are excellent for bird watching and finding out about the rich ecology in this drier thornveld area. You can even arrange a hike to visit the Mzinyathi Falls and also include an option for a trail down the Mzinyathi Gorge.
If you prefer a little bit of extra culture and absolute peace and tranquility, why not take a guided hike at iSithumba Adventure Park, deep in the Valley of a thousand hills, less than 15 minutes from Hillcrest. This area is rich in cultural history and spectacular natural beauty. Trails follow the uMngeni River and cover impressive granite outcrops and hidden valleys. An excellent area for hiking in general, iSithumba’s guided nature trails requires a basic level of fitness.
How does the idea of a sunrise walk along the gorgeous Durban coastline sound? From GreenHub to uMhlanga, hike along this beautiful quiet stretch of beach and if you're lucky see dolphins playing in the surf (and even Whales in the distance in the winter months) - enjoy a picnic breakfast and let your guide introduce you to the surprisingly rich marine life in the many rock pools en route. This 3-4 hour walk is an amazing introduction to one of Durban's best treasures.
From adventures along our gorgeous coastline to epic 4x4 trails, bum slides and horse back riding through the Valley Of A 1000 Hills, you're guaranteed of one thing, an adventure you won't forget in a rush.
All these activities are undertaken in partnership with a range of tourism entrepreneurs, many of whom are from the communities in which these adventures take place. So as a tourist, supporting these activities, you're not only providing valuable business to small emerging businesses, you're also assured of an authentic, real, uncontrived experience.
Arguably one of the prettiest picnic sites in the province at the point where uMngeni river and Mqeku river meet. Relax on the green lawns under the shade of giant fig trees or slide down the river on the natural rock slide. This wonderful little spot is community owned and managed, safe, beautiful, serene and the river bum slide is a highlight for all visitors. The site can get very busy over weekends, so bookings are essential.
Be welcomed by Bo and his friendly horses that enjoy a natural and free life in the green hills of the valley. Ideal for beginners and more experienced riders. After a short introduction into horse riding and a welcome-pat for your new four-legged friend, we ascend and take you through an original Zulu village along a scenic road down to the beautiful bank of Umgeni River. Once we have reached the riverbank, you can enjoy your own picnic basket (optional).
Whether you're an experienced 4x4 enthusiast or just keen to try your offered skills for the first time. Our Valley of a 1000 Hills 4x4 Experience with Montaseel Adventures is the perfect opportunity to see a part of KZN few people explore. The trails are led by highly experienced off-road drivers who will lend and hand and give you tips along the way. The trips also include a lunch stop and braai alongside the uMngeni River and views you'll never forget.
Few people realise just how rich and diverse the marine life is in the bay of Durban. In knee deep water you can experience wonderful shoals of fish, stingrays, cuttlefish and corals. Our snorkelling trips are safe, easy and fun way to experience Durban's marine life. If you can swim, you can snorkel. A guide accompanies you along your trip and will help you get comfortable in the water and point out interesting marine life. These two hour trips are very tide and weather dependent.
Ideal for keen photographers to get out there and test their skills on some amazing subjects. From the edgy colourful township opportunities around Inanda to gorgeous scenery and landscapes around Inanda Mountain. These trips are designed with flexibility in mind, if you see something that catches your eye, we stop and catch a photo. Trips are accompanied by experienced guides, ensuring your safety and also ensuring you can get into areas and intimate opportunities few other photographers have.
Mountain bike trails are one of Durban Green Corridor’s most popular activities. With existing mountain bike trail networks between Pietermaritzburg and the river estuary at Blue Lagoon in Durban, we offer a mountain biking experience for all levels.
Epic Trails, Safe, Secure, Top Notch Guides, exciting locations and great facilities for a morning out or a full weekend of adventures. If you are an experienced mountain biker you can simply come through to one of our sites with your own equipment, and use any of our mountain bike trails. We can advise you on the most exhilarating trails when you arrive and then you are free to explore or try out one of our new pump tracks.
For those who prefer time on the water Hire a canoe and spend the day out at the uMngeni Mouth (at GreenHub) or head inland to eNanda Adventure Centre, on Inanda Dam for a fun filled day the entire family will love. Guided or self guided, paddle, explore or just drift along.
We offer guided canoeing around Durban at both uMngeni Adventures (Blue Lagoon, Durban) as well as at eNanda Adventure Park (at Inanda Dam). At both of these sites we provide all equipment and safety gear and you can be sure of a fun and safe paddling adventure.
At eNanda Adventures, you can paddle across the dam; and whilst doing so can take in the breathtaking scenery and even spot some bird-life along the way. This site is ideal for families looking for fun things to do and getting out of the city. The dam in this area is well protected from prevailing winds and boat traffic making it fun, safe and beautiful
We offer canoeing around Durban at uMngeni Adventures (Blue Lagoon, Durban), where you can paddle up the river to Conought Bridge and down towards the river mouth. On the guided tour; our experienced guides will take you out and give you an insight into the river's exciting bird life, flora, ecology and history of the uMngeni estuary.
Durban Green Corridor invites paddlers of all levels to come and experience canoeing on uMngeni River, starting at Durban's Blue Lagoon. Get your family or your friends together and spend up to three hours on the water, testing your team work while paddling up the river and enjoying the wide variety of birds and natural beauty around you.
Bring your own bike and join our magnificent trails. The Inanda Dam and its surrounds, located only 30 minutes drive from Durban, is the perfect place for adventure sports. if you love mountain biking Inanda offers you ideal conditions for your outdoor experience. The surroundings of Inanda Dam currently offer more than 100 km of beautiful, maintained trails.The Durban Green Corridor runs a Trail Centre and pump track adjacent to the dam which functions as a centre of all outdoor activities and offers braai facilities, sanitation as well as secure parking.
Although we have a wide variety of options for trails (over 100Km's) the most popular leaves from eNanda Adventure Centre towards the waterfall dirt road where you pass the gorgeous Mzinyathi Falls and join some epic single track (called Steven’s trail) Steven’s trail is 15km and is very technical. At your 13 km point you will get a VOMITER Hill, it’s a uphill and rocky for about 50 meters and you get to the switch backs that are very technical for about 2,5 km, aptly named "Loose Your Front Teeth" Switch backs: The final stretch is called SHAYAMOYA which brings you back to eNanda.
Enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Valley of 1000 Hills, only 45 min drive west of central Durban. iSithumba is a small Zulu village situated on the banks of the uMngeni River and at the foot of the impressive granite boulder, iSithumba Mountain, locally also known as “Old Baldy” – iSithumba Has a range of mountain Biking trails from easy, beginner level to technical climbs and downhill rides that will get your heart racing. This area includes a large portion of the trails used by the Dusi2C Mountain Bike Race and simply gorgeous, epic scenery and incredible single track fun
Enjoy the stunning guided MTB trail in the Valley of 1000 Hills, only 45 min drive west of central Durban. iSithumba is a small Zulu village situated on the banks of the uMngeni River and at the foot of the impressive granite boulder, iSithumba Mountain, locally also known as “Old Baldy” – iSithumba Has a range of mountain Biking trails from easy, beginner level to technical climbs and downhill rides that will get your heart racing. This area includes a large portion of the trails used by the Dusi2C Mountain Bike Race and simply gorgeous, epic scenery and incredible single track fun
Bring along your own mountain bikes OR hire a bike at a reasonable rate; and enjoy guided tours along the uMgeni Estuary trails.The outing will be tailored to suit your time and interests. All cycling routes are easy to moderate in level of difficulty. Visitors experience the combination of the beach, estuary and the river with all their associated activities and offerings, options to explore some of the city landmarks on bicycle is also very popular, this includes options to cycle the Durban Beachfront (the famous Golden Mile) Moses Mabhida Stadium and other landmarks.