Departs: Daily

This tour starts at 9:00am and is a full day tour returning to Durban at approximately 15h30pm. The day is as flexible as the people we meet. As the day unfolds we head west towards the well known area of the Valley of a 1000 Hills. A scenic view of the Krantzkloof gorge and the passing of Hillcrest town will lead us onto our first stop. At this point it is an opportunity to fill up with refreshments and visit the toilet while you take in the spectacular view of the Valley of a 1000 Hills. The guide will present many opportunities for some stunning photographs of these majestic valleys with the beautiful lnanda Dam nestled in between the valley.

Eventually starting our descent we head down towards the valley area where we will meet up with one of the local community guides. The guide will explain to you the history and the Zulu culture of the village and explain how you have contributed and created employment by taking the tour.

On occasions one might take part in a traditional Zulu dancing get together with the Zulu children, visit a 'Sangoma' {spiritual healer}, or join an 'lnyanga' {medicinal healer}, while preparing 'muti' {medicines}. The Village children are always eager to share their experiences with guests. Daily life involves tending livestock, gathering water for the houses and tending crops. Guests are to note that Zulu custom is the order of the day, overseen by the elders and is revered by all. The aim of the tour is to afford guests the opportunity to talk directly to the people and experience Zulu culture in a way that very few will. The questions are yours to ask and the day is yours to learn.

The focus of the tour is the people, but not to lose sight of where we are, The Valley of a 1000 Hills is spectacular. Large gorges and literally thousands of hills dotted with traditional Zulu villages makes for a beautiful sundowner photograph as the Umgeni river winds it's way through the valleys.

In accordance with ecotourism practices each group is hosted in a different 'umuzi', where a family will prepare us a traditional meal which is usually vegetarian. The warmth and hospitality of the people is ever present and throughout the day new people are met and great experiences had. At the end of the tour you will have experienced Zulu culture the way it is and not the way your average tourist sees it.

Included:

Pick-up and drop-off at all tourist accommodation in and around Central Durban

Traditional Zulu meal

Soft Drinks with meal

Services of Tekweni guide

Services of an English speaking community guide

Your contribution towards a community development project

What To Bring Along:

Good walking shoes

A camera and plenty of film

A sun hat and suntan lotion

Spending money for personal items such as water or curios etc

Other Important Details:

Cameras are acceptable but the guide may request certain scenes not be photographed. Please respect this.

During the tour you are exposed to traditional Zulu culture and we recommend you ask as many questions as you
wish as this is a two way cultural experience.

A portion of your tour payment is donated to a community development trust.

Travel insurance is not included and full coverage is recommended.