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Valley of a Thousand Hills

Valley of a Thousand Hills: Our most recommended tours and activities

Durban: Phezulu Cultural Village & Reptile Park Tour

1. Durban: Phezulu Cultural Village & Reptile Park Tour

The tour leaves Durban and travels to the Valley of 1000 Hills, home of PheZulu Cultural and Safari Park. Visitors are taken into traditional beehive shaped thatched huts, where the various artifacts, beliefs and rituals of the Zulu people are explained, giving visitors an insight into the fascinating Zulu culture. The 50-minute Zulu dancing show is impressive with the dancers in their traditional garb, showing off their skills with grace, agility and humor. PheZulu also has a Crocodile and Snake park where guests will be taken on a guided tour by a knowledgeable local guide. They will learn interesting facts about crocodiles and snakes and have a hands-on experience with Cleo the Burmese python who weighs in at 42 kilograms.

From Durban: Safari & PheZulu Village Day Tour

2. From Durban: Safari & PheZulu Village Day Tour

Start your day-long safari with a visit to the Natal Lion Park, home to lions, African and Asian elephants as well as rhinos. Then, visit the wildlife conservancy of Tala Private Game Reserve in the hills. Make your final stop at the Valley of a Thousand Hills and the Reptile Park. Be driven around Natal Lion Park by your guide in search of elephants before entering the lion’s enclosure to marvel at the pride of lions. Enjoy the excitement of being so close to the king of the beasts and admire their size and beauty. Next, head to Tala Private Game Reserve that hosts a diverse selection of wildlife over 3000 hectares of land. This sanctuary is home to over 370 bird species and wildlife such as rhinos, giraffes, hippos, and elands, to name a few of the bigger mammals. Drive around the park in a closed vehicle to observe the wildlife. Listen as your guide sheds light on the wildlife ecosystem and shares interesting facts about the animals at the Tala Private Game Reserve. Then, make a stop at the Valley of a Thousand Hills to enjoy a glimpse of local Zulu culture and dancing at Phezulu Cultural Village. To conclude the tour, visit the Reptile Park where qualified park guides will intrigue you with interesting facts about the resident crocodiles and snakes.

From Durban: PheZulu Cultural Village Tour with Zulu Dancing

3. From Durban: PheZulu Cultural Village Tour with Zulu Dancing

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Durban and heads inland to the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Admire epic views of this incredible landscape that stretches out as far as the eye can see. Arrive at a traditional PheZulu village and enjoy a guided tour of this small community. Meet the locals and learn about their culture, traditions, and way of life. Next, watch a mesmerizing Zulu dance show and have a go at some of the moves yourself. After your visit to the village, stop at a nearby reptile center to see native African wildlife up close. Finally, soak up breathtaking valley views as you wander around a local craft market and shop for authentic souvenirs, before being dropped back to Durban.

Durban: City & PheZulu Cultural Village Tour

4. Durban: City & PheZulu Cultural Village Tour

The tour starts off in Durban where you will visit various attractions of the city including the famous Moses Mabhida Stadium, one of Africa's beautiful stadiums, the Golden Mile to see Durban's famous beaches, Victoria Street Market to see Durban's cuisines and exotic spices, Durban City Hall and more.   The tour leaves Durban and travels to the Valley of 1000 Hills, home of PheZulu Cultural and Safari Park. Visitors are taken into traditional beehive shaped thatched huts, where the various artifacts, beliefs and rituals of the Zulu people are explained, giving visitors an insight into the fascinating Zulu culture. The 50-minute Zulu dance show is impressive, with the dancers in their traditional garb, showing off their skills with grace, agility and humor. PheZulu also has a crocodile and snake park where guests will be taken on a guided tour by a knowledgeable local guide. You will learn interesting facts about crocodiles and snakes and have a hands-on experience with Cleo the Burmese python who weighs in at 42 kilograms. 

PheZulu Cultural Village & Oracle Consultation Tour

5. PheZulu Cultural Village & Oracle Consultation Tour

Take a half-day tour to experience authentic Zulu culture and see reptiles up close. Start with a visit to the picturesque area of Molweni. There you will have the opportunity to consult with the local inyanga/sangoma and have a traditional Zulu experience. The consultation lasts about 45 minutes where traditional methods like throwing the bones to connect with your ancestors will be done. The tour also travels to the Valley of 1000 Hills, home to the PheZulu Cultural and Safari Park. You will be taken into traditional beehive shaped thatched huts, where the various artefacts, beliefs and rituals of the Zulu people are explained, giving you an insight into the fascinating Zulu culture. The Zulu dancing show (50 minutes) is impressive with the dancers in their traditional garb, showing off their skills with grace, agility and humor. PheZulu also has a Reptile park where you will be taken on a tour by a knowledgeable local guide. Learn interesting facts about crocodiles and snakes and have a hands-on experience with Cleo the Burmese python who weighs 42kg.

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What people are saying about Valley of a Thousand Hills

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 32 reviews

We were traveling with Benson. Benson told us a lot and was very nice and open. First we were in the Löwen Park, where you could watch the animals up close. Then we were with the elephants, which we were allowed to touch and put their trunks in our car. Next we went to a bird park where there was an interesting bird show. Then we were in a big park where we could see giraffes, zebras, little monkeys and wild boars, buffalos, birds and rhinos. Most recently we were in the PheZulu Valley. There we got a tour from a local and were able to get to know their culture. From there you had a beautiful view over the 1000 hills valley. In this valley was another reptile park, where we got another tour. There you could touch snakes and small crocodiles and pick them up. Overall it was an incredible day. Between the parks one could marvel at the beautiful landscapes.

Splendid tour! Sortiris is a very experienced guide with a lot of knowledge! We spend a perfect full day tour even though the weather was not quite nice. Zhulu traditions are a must such as Tala Game Reserve

Due to pandemic, Zulu dance was not available however local tour offered us a replacement activity for that. Zulu dance will be available after heritage day of 2020.

If you’re looking for excitement, to be educated and to have a once in a lifetime experience then this is the trip for you.

very interesting and informative about the zulu culture