Join our regular Tours to some of Durban's Hidden Gems. Great Value, Event Better Adventures! These trips depart on specific days from the GreenHub and include transport, all entry fees, activities and excellent local guides.
Please note: Due to the recent spike in Covid-19 infections, we will only run our shuttle tours with single-family groups/groups from the same social circles.
Mqeku Picnic Site is a simply amazing spot on the confluence of the uMngeni and Mqueku Rivers about 20 minutes from Hillcrest. Activities include picnic sites, amazing bird watching (including a local African Finfoot), 4x4 trails organised by Monteseel Adventures as well as excellent hiking trails, MTB rides, Tubing and fascinating local cultural walks.
The site is managed and owned by Sibusiso Shangase, a Qualified SOUTH AFRICAN Tourist Guide and member of the nearby local community.
If you're looking for an amazing day out or a spot for a picnic and to explore one of Durban's most well-hidden gems, put this on your bucket list.
Visit our 'have it all' Green Hub and put your finger on Durban's pulse, ask our Green Hub team or browse the pamphlet selection on what Durban has to offer. Ideally situated under the trees, the Umgeni River is the Green Hub's backdrop and the beach its door step, making it not only a hub of tourism information but also a playground for recreational activities.
Not only are our Green Hub activities eco tourism based; transporting you to green pockets you would not picture in the vibrant urban city that is Durban, but the proceeds also feed our Purpose Projects and their development.
The Green Hub is open -
Monday - Friday: 8:00 - 16:30
Saturday - Sunday: 09:00 - 17:00
Green Hub Activities & Facilities:
Mangroves & MiniSass Day Activities & Lunch – Cost is R250 per Scholar, R270 per Teacher, based on 50 scholars and includes a Lunch Pack – Burger, chips, water & fruit juice. (CBD Schools-other areas to enquire).
Students will be fetched from School at 8am and dropped off at 2pm (or please discuss options with us if you wish to provide your own transport)
Mangroves Tour - Located at the mouth of the uMngeni River, lies one of the southern-most Mangrove systems in the world and one of the rarest habitats in South Africa. A guided walk along a boardwalk and meandering pathways will expose you to fascinating information on trees and the ecology of the mangrove areas – one of the rarest habitats in South Africa. Enjoy stories of the rich history of the area, and spot a variety of birds, including Fish Eagles, Pelicans, and Kingfishers.
Mini Sass Educational Tour - Learn about rivers, monitor the water quality of rivers within your community, and explore reasons why the water quality may not be as clean as everyone would like You collect a sample of macroinvertebrates (small animals) from the water, and depending on which groups are found, you have a measure of the general river health and water quality in that river. Once you have collected a sample you look for the different bug groups and score whether they were found. The score then tells you the health class of the river, ranging across five categories from natural to very poor. Before the days' end, you will also have an opportunity to volunteer in making a difference to the environment by engaging in a mini beach clean-up around the uMngeni River.
eNanda Adventure Park Activities & Facilities:
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If you are looking for an authentic cultural experience, you have found it! Immerse yourself in the Zulu culture with a local homestay surrounded by vistas of The Valley of 1000 Hills. Let local story-telling skills bring the rituals and customs of the Zulu people to life as you are welcomed by a traditional Zulu meal and watched over by the local Sangoma (traditional healer). Spend the night in one of our homesteads and wake to the sounds of the animals and glow of the sun rising over the rolling hills.
- Book via GreenHub
Our Pop Up Camps are a brand new wild camping accommodation concept for exploring some of Durban’s wildest areas in accommodation under a million stars, Away from the crowds, simple and comfortable ……and adventure guaranteed.
Essential Info (Click Here To Download Our Info Pack)
Accommodation: Our pop up camps provide very comfortable 3x3m safari tents with two stretchers. These tents are spacious (most people can stand upright inside them) and have ample room for luggage etc… Fully waterproof and insect-proof. We can accommodate 8 people in shared accommodation.
Food & Dining: You have the option to self-cater or take all the extra worry off your shoulders and let our guides cater for you. Our Pop Up Camps Include a central catering tent, tables, chairs, crockery, cooler boxes, camp fridges and gas stoves. If you chose to self cater you will have full use of all our catering equipment, cooler boxes and camp fridge. Our catered meals are simple but delicious, with no “typical” camp food. Menus are available on request.
Security: All our pop up campsites are managed in conjunction with the local community and include 24-hour security at all camping areas.
Activities: Most of our sites have a range of activities from tubing to hiking to cultural activities. While in the Valley you can also join Travis Duggan 4x4 for an unforgettable 4x4 Experience in our 10 Seater Open Land Cruiser Game Viewing Vehicle. We do recommend planning activities with our guides in advance or just put your feet up, do nothing and slow down the pace a bit.
4x4 Trips: While in the Valley with the Green Corridors Team why not join Travis Duggan 4x4 for an unforgettable 4x4 Experience in our 10 Seater Open Land Cruiser Game Viewing Vehicle with Seat Belts. Experience the Valley as you have never seen it before on an exhilarating 4-hour 4x4 Experience. Tailor-made trips can also be made for:
- Corporate Entertainment Experiences
- Cultural Valley Experience
- Shabeen Valley Experience
- Team Building Experiences
- Photography Experiences
- Sunrise Experiences
- Birding Safari’s
These 4x4 trips can be booked as part of your Pop Up Camping Experience, Please enquire with us about logistics and pricing.
Toilets and Showers: Our sites are entirely off-grid (with the exception of eNanda Adventures) as a result, the showers are bucket type and chemical toilets. Basic, but hygienic and do the job. Please do not expect shiny ablution blocks.
Getting there: Our Pop Up Camps all include transport to the site. The camp is set up ahead of your arrival, so everything is ready and waiting for you to just sit back and enjoy a bit of nature. Pick up’s and drop-offs can be arranged from any location around Durban. If you prefer to self-drive, we can send a guide with you to help you find the various sites.
Our pop up camps are all run on a leave no trace basis, we come in set up the camp for you with everything you need and when you leave the site is cleared and returned to its original state. Each camp location includes two on-call guides who will arrange all your activities and catering (if required) as well as site assistants for cleaning and security. The idea is that you just arrive and everything is set up and ready for you to just put your feet up and soak in a bit of nature.
Mqeku: A legendary spot deep in the valley of a 1000 Hills at the confluence of the Mqeku and uMngeni Rivers. The site is simply gorgeous and has a variety of hiking trails, natural bum slides down the river and options for tubing and mountain biking.
Maphepetheni: Set on the edge of a cascading series of waterfalls and rapids overlooking a deep gorge, this site is a must for sheer natural beauty. Cultural tours, hikes, birding or just relaxing under the waterfalls ….. can’t get better.
Mini Dam: A gorgeous location on the shores of Mnini Dam. Excellent bass fishing, canoes available for hire and a range of hiking trails exploring beautiful natural gorges and forests where you can dip into cool rocky pools. There are options for catering at the nearby Mnini Dam Resort if you prefer the self-catering option.
eNanda Adventures: On the shores of eNanda Dam and an ideal spot for mountain bikers, hikers and canoeists. The site also offers catering options and a range of other accommodation for larger groups and options for facilitated team building and a range of local attractions, bass fishing and cultural activities.
Combo Options: Please enquire about multiple night options where we can arrange walks, 4x4 trails or MTB trails between various sites for multi-day camping options.
For avid Mountain bike enthusiasts to causal riders, the Green Corridors MTB trails has something for everyone. Hire a bike from the GreenHub and take a leisurely cruise along the beachfront or bring your own bike and hit one of our more technical trails out in the Valley of a 1000 Hills.
Durban City Night Cycle
A guided tour on mountain bikes is an exhilarating way to see the city by night. Bring your own mountain bike or hire one from us and explore some of the city landmarks. The beachfront, Moses Mabhida stadium and Durban City Hall are the backdrop to this unique experience that suits all cycling abilities.
- These guided tours are 3-4 hours long and start at the GreenHub
The eNanda Adventure Park is located on Inanda Dam, surrounded by over 100 km of beautifully maintained mountain biking trails. Bring your own or hire one from the information centre and allow our guides to show you the pristine valley vegetation that cover the gorges and cliffs that surround you. The well-maintained braai, picnic, shower and ablution facilities at the adventure park ensure you can enjoy a full day at Inanda dam.
- Starts your experience at the eNanda Adventure Park
Up-hill and down dale, the peaks and valleys around the isiThumba Adventure Centre is incredible terrain for mountain biking. Bring your own or hire one and take in the impressive views that surround you.
- Book at GreenHub
This piece of paradise along the Palmiet river in Westville, includes pristine forest areas with a diverse selection of fauna and flora. Working with the Westville Conservancy to manage alien vegetation has opened up the area for bird life, and the development of the Westville Eco Trails network that starts at the Westville Country Club and links with Chesterville Bike park at the sports ground. Along the nearby Umbilo river is Paradise Valley, one of the stops along the Durban Waterfalls Tour.
- Guided hikes can be booked through the GreenHub
The rolling hills of KwaZulu Natal have been shaped by the flow of water, and the rich green of our landscape is testament to the rivers, streams and waterfalls that define it. Experience this first-hand with a tailormade waterfall tour or a leisurely day on the banks of a river.
Durban Waterfall Tour
See three of Durban’s incredible waterfalls with a lunch-stop and scenic walks on route.
The first stop on this 5-falls tour is the Umzinyathi Waterfall in Inanda Valley where a hike into the gorge will give you views of the magnificent falls from every angle.
Next is the Nkutu Waterfall in the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, formed in the ancient Kloof Plateau by the Molweni and Nkutu Rivers – tributaries of the uMngeni river. The last stop is Paradise Valley Waterfalls with a beautiful walk through large strelitzias, over a wooden bridge and down the stone steps to the bottom of the falls.
- This is a full-day guided tour perfect for the whole family - start at the GreenHub
Mqeku Rock Slide (isiThumba)
The Valley of 1000 Hills is where you will find the isiThumba Adventure Centre and the Mqeku picnic site and natural rock slide. The point where the uMngeni and Mqeku rivers meet, is one of the prettiest spots in the province with some of the most pristine waterways too. Enjoy the cooling waters as you slide down the natural rock into the pool beneath, and when you have eventually had enough, relax on cared-for green lawns under the shade of giant fig trees.
- Book at GreenHub - the site can get very busy over weekends, so bookings are essential.
Green Corridor offerings have emerged across river, ocean and land ecosystems. The rugged terrain and rich traditions of our rural landscape; the beat of our diverse urban fabric and the unparalleled natural beauty of our rare ecosystems have been packaged into tourism experiences that serve as incubators for social and environmental initiatives.
Do more as you see more, and journey with us as we co-create empowered communities through these offerings and the Purpose-Projects that connect them.
The central hub for Green Corridor bookings and information is the GreenHub located on the banks of the uMngeni river. eNanda Adventure Park and isiThumba Adventure Centre are our satellite booking centres.
Need help getting around? No problem! Our Green Corridors Shuttle Bus runs scheduled pick up and drop off tours from various hotels along the Durban Beachfront and uMhlanga areas. Please get in touch to get details of our latest schedule
Important Covid 19 (Coronavirus Update)
Due to these unprecedented circumstances and in the interests of the well being of our staff, communities we work in and our customers, we have implemented the following under the new Level 3 Covid 19 restrictions (updated 29 Dec 2020):
- Green Corridors GreenHub and all our sites (including iSithumba and eNanda Adventures) are still open for all activities with strict access and group size restrictions
- Most our self guided and guided activities will be subject to our safety and hygiene protocols
- Canoeing trips / canoe hire at GreenHub (Blue Lagoon) have now reopened
- All our tours including shuttle tours are restricted to closed family/same social circle groups of no more than six people. Itineraries may be subject to changes.
A word originating in Ireland, in South Africa shebeens started in the Apartheid era as an alternative to the pubs and bars black Africans were barred from. Today, they form a vibrant part of the community, and continue to define the social life of many South Africans.
Shisa nyama is a Zulu word meaning 'burn meat' and describes a style of eating where you choose your own meat from the butchery and then have it barbecued (braaied) to your specifications. In the modern version of shisa nyama, venues create their own flavour, from a weekend party atmosphere with DJs and bars, to quick and easy street-side food for a working lunch break.
The township of Inanda is regarded by many as the cradle of South Africa’s democracy, and is said to have more heritage sites per square kilometre than anywhere else in the country. As you follow the stories of three iconic leaders, namely Nelson Mandela, John Dube and Mahatma Ghandi with a visit to the century-old Ohlange Institute, you can also enjoy the flavours of local food and traditional Zulu Beer Brewing at a local Shabeen.
- Book your visit through the GreenHub
KwaDabeka and Molweni
Just south of KwaDabeka is Zazi Street in Clermont, fast receiving international acclaim as a tourist hotspot and a reflection of a modern Durban culture. Home to a vibrant mix of traders including grocery stores, Shebeens and Shisa nyama restaurants, this is also the home of Joseph Shabalala, the founding member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
- Book your visit through the GreenHub
This piece of paradise along the Palmiet river in Westville, includes pristine forest areas with a diverse selection of fauna and flora. Working with the Westville Conservancy to manage alien vegetation has opened up the area for bird life, and the development of the Westville Eco Trails network that starts at the Westville Country Club and links with Chesterville Bike park at the sports ground.
Along the nearby Umbilo river is Paradise Valley, one of the stops along the Durban Waterfalls Tour. A few kilometres west, is the Mlazi river which flows into the Shongweni Dam, a paddlers paradise with rock climbing, and wildlife game viewing on offer.
- Guided nature tours can be arranged through the GreenHub
Durban’s year-round summer and the scenic beauty of its hills and valleys is the perfect picnic combination. Bring your own or book one through the Green Corridor info centre to be enjoyed at one of our sites along your route.
Mqeku Picnic Site (isiThumba)
The Valley of 1000 Hills is where you will find the isiThumba Adventure Centre and the Mqeku picnic site and natural rock slide. The point where the uMngeni and Mqeku rivers meet, is one of the prettiest spots in the province with some of the most pristine waterways too. Relax on cared-for green lawns under the shade of giant fig trees or slide down the river on the natural rock slide.
- Book at GreenHub - the site can get very busy over weekends, so bookings are essential.
Inanda Dam is surrounded by the striking landscapes of gorges and cliff faces – the perfect spot to enjoy a family picnic. At the eNanda Adventure Park you will find well maintained picnic sites and braai facilities, with secure parking and clean ablution and shower facilities. After your picnic, be sure to hire a mountain bike; canoe or kayak and head out on a scenic adventure. The impressive uMzinyathi Waterfall and Rastafarian Caves add to the “best of the best” status of this area.
- Starts your experience at the eNanda Adventure Park
KwaDabeka and Molweni
The Molweni area between KwaDabeka and the Inanda Dam wall is one of the most pristine stretches of the uMngeni river and an incredible birding and ecotourism experience. Use this area for a family picnic and if you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the rare African Finfoot, a species highly sought after by birders to add to their “life lists”.
- Book your visit through the GreenHub
On Durban’s south coast just 15km from Amanzimtoti lies the tranquil Mnini Dam.
A hidden gem that will make you feel a thousand kilometres from the City this is the ideal picnic spot to enjoy the abundance of bird life and enjoy bass or tilapia fishing. A beer garden; mountain biking trails; accommodation; scenic walks, and a boat launch site will ensure your day is a full one.
- Use Mnini Dam as your base.
Umgababa is your access point to the world famous Aliwal Shoal Marine protected area, a snorkelling and scuba diving haven and a must for shark lovers. Fishing, boat charters or a sun-filled beach day are also popular attractions.
If you prefer calmer waters, then surround yourself in the tranquillity of Mnini Dam. This hidden gem boasts large-mouth bass, tilapia and an abundance of bird life. Mountain biking, bird watching, cultural experiences, scenic walks, picnic spot and beer garden, fishing, and boat cruises are the order of the day.
- Each experience can be tailormade and bookings are essential.
- Start at GreenHub or use Umgababa or Mnini Dam as your base
If your ideal tourism experience involves water and adventure, then look no further than Umgababa and Mnini on Durban’s South Coast. Umgababa is your access point to the world famous Aliwal Shoal Marine protected area, a snorkelling and scuba diving haven and a must for shark lovers. Fishing, boat charters or a sun-filled beach day are also popular attractions.
Further north, the Ballito area also offers some amazing snorkelling which is ideal for beginners wanting to explore the underwater wilderness.
For more experinced scuba divers, be sure to have a look at our Dive Durban Packages
If you prefer calmer waters, then surround yourself by the tranquillity of Mnini Dam. This hidden gem boasts large-mouth bass, tilapia and an abundance of bird life. Mountain biking; scenic walks; picnic spots; a beer garden, and boat cruises are the order of the day.
- Each experience can be tailormade and bookings are essential. Start at GreenHub or use Umgababa or Mnini Dam as your base.
The Molweni area between KwaDabeka and the Inanda Dam wall is one of the most pristine stretches of the uMngeni river and an incredible birding and ecotourism experience.
The self-drive Finfoot Loop, which can also be led by a local nature guide, takes nature-lovers along the uMngeni River below the eNanda Dam, through rural river gorges and spectacular cliffs.
This is one of the best ways to spot the rare and elusive African Finfoot, a species highly sought after by birders to add to their “life lists”. Other species such as the Gorgeous Bushshrike, various raptors and many more are popular finds on the tour.
- This guided tour can take anything from a few hours to a full day.
- This tour starts at GreenHub
Just south of KwaDabeka is Zazi Street in Clermont, fast receiving international acclaim as a tourist hotspot in Durban. Home to a vibrant mix of traders including grocery stores, Shabeens (local tavern) and Shisanyama restaurants, this is also the home of Joseph Shabalala, the founding member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. KwaDabeka is also home to a GO!Durban Cycle Academy
park and the site of the 5th leg of the inaugural Red Bull Pump Track World Championship held in 2018.
- Guided urban tours can be arranged through the GreenHub
Just a short hop down into the valley from the Hillcrest area or a short 15-minute drive from eNanda Adventures is the magnificent Lower Molweni Valley, a hikers, birders & nature lovers paradise.
A community developed network of nature trails lead hikers through the spectacular rugged cliffs and forests of the area, just on the outskirts of the Kraanzkloof Nature Reserve, which is a biodiversity treasure trove including 50 mammals, 253 bird, 35 reptiles, 150 butterflies, 273 tree and over 1500 plant species.
The incredible birdlife of the area includes a chance to see African Crowned Eagle, Gorgeous Bush Shirke and arguably one of the best areas in South Africa to find the elusive African Finfoot which frequents the fast-flowing streams in the area.
Supporting tourism in the lower Molweni area plays a pivotal role in ensuring the long term conservation of this incredibly beautiful part of Durban by integrating socio-economic needs with conservation needs. Much work is being done by partners on the ground including the community of lower Molweni, Kloof Conservancy and the Philagathemba Trust around various new and exciting tourism opportunities, including a Zip Line, cultural tours and Pop up Camping, watch this space!
Things to do
Sunday Hikes: A guided Sunday hike is hosted in the area every third Sunday of the month. Hikers meet at the Philagathemba Campus in Lower Molweni at 07h30 where you can safely park your car. This 9 km hike takes hikers through a variety of habitats and points of interest which will be pointed out by your guides along the route. Refreshments are available at the Philagathemba Campus.
Cost R70 per person | Please click here for bookings or more information
Guided Tours: A Guided Shuttle Bus Tour departs Durban (Green Corridors GreenHub) each Wednesday and includes hiking, a picnic brunch at a gorgeous viewpoint and a waterfall are major highlights of this tour. Other activities on the day include tubing in one of the local rivers (dependent on water levels) and elements of our Wild eNanda Tour (depending on time availability ....you may just be tempted to spend the afternoon relaxing on a tube along one of the forested streams)
Cost: R400 per person (including picnic lunch, guides, transport etc...) | For more information on our shuttle tours and booking, please click here
Special Interest Tours: Please contact us to help package a customized day out in the Lower Molweni area with a range of specialist options available. Catering is also available on request.
The Valley of 1000 Hills is named after the never-ending vista of hills that undulate from the distant Drakensberg Mountains to the Indian Ocean. It is here that you will find the isiThumba Adventure Centre, the base from where you can enjoy a wholistic experience of this beautiful place.
Local guides with unparalleled knowledge and story-telling skills will bring the culture, rituals and customs of the Zulu people to life as you tour our quintessential rural Zulu village. Visit a Shebeen (Local Bar) where you will be welcomed by a traditional Zulu meal cooked by one of the village women, and even spend a night in one of our homesteads waking to the sounds of the animals and glow of the sun rising over the rolling hills.
If you prefer a faster pace and are looking to test out the 4×4 skills of you and your vehicle, then enjoy a 3-hour trip along dirt roads, bush tracks and quarries under the experienced guidance of Monteseel Adventure.
For nature buffs, guided horseback rides or hikes will take through the spectacular Mamba Gorge will expose you to fascinating ecology ecosystems where you will see hidden valleys and impressive granite outcrops including the mythical iSithumba Rock, a key landmark in the area.
A perfect end to a day at isiThumba is a picnic at one of the prettiest sites in the province, the point the uMngeni and Mqeku rivers meet. Relax on the cared-for green lawns under the shade of giant fig trees or slide down the river on the natural rock slide. The site can get very busy over weekends, so bookings are essential.
- Any level of fitness and a children’s favourite, the trail is about 2 hours long.
- Start at GreenHub or use the isiThumba Adventure Centre as your base. Click here to visit the iSithumba, 1000 Thrills Website for information on accomodation, events and catering at iSithumba
The Valley of 1000 Hills is named after the never-ending vista of hills that undulate from the distant Drakensberg Mountains down to the Indian Ocean. The valley also happens to be the home of the idyllic village of Isithumba. Just 45 minutes from Durban, Isithumba is a spectacular getaway boasting scenic mountain views and vibrant layers of nature abundantly sown along the meandering streams and rivers.
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscape on foot, bicycle or horseback, each offering a unique experience of the panoramic views with options to suit the whole family.
For those seeking to learn more about the rich culture of Isithumba, local guides with unparalleled knowledge and story-telling skills will bring the culture, rituals and customs of the Zulu people to life as you tour the quintessential rural Zulu village.
There is accommodation available to allow time for a broad range of activities which you are sure to want to try, taking breaks in-between at one of the prettiest sites in the province, the point where the uMngeni and Mqeku rivers meet. Picnic on the cared-for green lawns under the shade of giant fig trees or cool down in the river on the natural rock slides.
Booking is essential: Click to book here
iSithumba Adventure Activities & Facilities:
How to get there:
No trip to Durban would be complete without experiencing the breath-taking views and adventures of wild Inanda.
The eNanda Adventure Park is located on Inanda Dam, surrounded by over 100 km of beautifully maintained biking, hiking and running trails. A playground for water sports, the dam is also on the route of the Dusi Canoe Marathon allowing you to experience a small part of this iconic race-route first-hand.
Braai facilities; a picnic site; showers and toilets, and secure parking available, with mountain bikes; canoes and kayaks to hire. The impressive uMzinyathi Waterfall (part of the Durban waterfall tour – hyperlink to Waterfall Tour) and Rastafarian Caves add to the “best of the best” status of this area. A guided walk will take you to the falls, and just when you think you’ve seen it all, the steep gorge opens into a sacred cliff- face cave, which has long-been, and still is, used by Rastafarians as a place for their spiritual traditions.
- This is a 2-hour tour guided tour with steep trails, good hiking boots and a fair level of fitness recommended.
- This tour starts at the eNanda Adventure Park.