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.
Sangomas & Rasta Caves
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.
iSithumba Village Tour
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.