Things to Do Near us:
PheZulu Safari Park
PHEZULU SAFARI PARK is an exciting tourist venue, situated in Botha’s Hill, only 35 km’s from central Durban. This picturesque park has magnificent views of the world-famous Valley of 1000 Hills.
At Phezulu village, the world famous Gasa clan has over the last 30 years, allowed visitors to Phezulu the opportunity to savour the taste and feel the rhythm of Africa. Visitors are taken into traditional beehive shaped thatched huts, where the various artifacts, beliefs and rituals are explained, giving foreigners an insight into the fascinating Zulu culture. The Zulu dancing show is impressive with the dancers in their traditional garb, showing off their skills with grace, agility and humour- a truly unforgettable experience!
Phezulu also offers a Crocodile and Snake park where our guests will be taken on a tour by knowledgeable guides. They will learn interesting facts about crocodiles and snakes.
Shongweni Farmers Market.
This market oozes with stereotypical country charm. It’s almost mandatory to pack up the family and dog, take a sturdy basket and arrive early.
Treat yourself with breakfast and, from your vantage point on a hay bale, decide your method of attack.
Peruse stalls at a leisurely place as hands-on producers passionately talk you through their wares from traditional English sausages to decadent baked goods, handcrafted organic cheeses, breads and rustic French staples like terrines and rillettes.
You’ll also find Middle Eastern and Mediterranean specialities from baklava to falafel. If you’re shopping with a conscience you can buy organic veg or a pre-installed, irrigated system to grow your own organic vegetables.
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve
The Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, conserves 668 ha of the Molweni (Zulu: ‘mutual greetings’) and Nkutu River gorges that incise the sandstone Kloof plateau in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
The reserve conserves coastal scarp forest, sourveld grassland, a cliff face biotope, and aquatic environments along its rivers. Scarp forest is a threatened forest type, protected by South Africa’s forests act of 1998, while the grassland is classified as KwaZulu-Natal sandstone sourveld, the most threatened terrestrial habitat in the Durban metropole.
The reserve was established in 1950 and was augmented by land donations as late as 1999.
NU Driving Range
We cater to all levels of golfers, from those starting out & still scratching around to those playing off a scratch. We welcome people of all ages and nothing fills us with more satisfaction than seeing parents interacting with their kids whilst hitting a couple of buckets.
We’ve also created a secure play area for the kids to entertain themselves while moms and dads groove their game. Ice cold refreshments are on sale and can be enjoyed on the deck while supervising the kids playing to their hearts delight.
Our aim is to create an environment that the whole family can share and enjoy.
Umgeni Steam Railway
Trains run from Kloof Station (Stokers Arms) to and from Inchanga Station, on the last Sunday of each month along the edge of the picturesque Valley of a 1000 Hills.
Inchanga is a colonial station (built in 1895) & is 45 minutes ride away along the old main line. The line was built in the late 1800`s and is one of the oldest active railway lines in South Africa today.
We are registered as a Section-21 non-profit making organisation our surplus funds are used for the preservation of steam locomotives & “railwayana” in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Giba Gorge Trails
The planned unique and diverse trail system of the giba Gorge would cover about 190 acres. These trails range from the short and easy to a two day, overnight – camping trail. Intense education, in a fun way for children, mixed groups and families could be offered, covering amongst others, close wildlife contact experiences.
Trails should also be designed for the overseas specialist visitor, wanting to experience our South African abundance of orchids, aloes, ferns and butterflies. Specialised trails will cater for the child who wants to touch a baby duck, tortoise, nat or chameleon. All trails are unique in their outlay, in presentation, diversity as well as the level of positive involvement the visitor will experience.
Whether it is your very first time in the saddle or you are a pro, Giba Gorge Horse Trails offers an incredible equestrian experience like no other. From bitless bridles to magical waterfalls. This activity is perfect for all ages and Giba Horse Trails even cater to the handicapped.
Midlands Meander, the first tourism meander in South Africa, was begun 31 years ago by a handful of KZN crafters, who produced a simple brown-paper Guide with a map to their studios. Since 1985, the Meander has grown to 160 members and offers a greater variety, but the same quality of offerings. While the Meander is still known for its superb handcrafted goods and fine arts, it has experienced the most growth in the accommodation, wedding and conferencing sectors – providing offerings from good value for money to four-star luxury.
It is famous for its Midlands hospitality, with great food, crackling fires and pampering spas. The days of sedentary holidays have gone – many of today’s Meander visitors enjoy sailing; fishing; birding; golf; mountain-biking and other activities, ranging from the peaceful to adrenalin-pumping.
Please note: The Midlands Meander starts about 30 minutes from our location and can take a couple of hours to complete -but it is definitely worth the drive.
Maidstone Mews is set in the beautiful area of a 1000 Hills. The beautifully appointed gardens are set on a smallholding, near to modern amenities, but hidden enough to offer our guests a peaceful night’s sleep.
The mannor house and cottages are Tudor style, offering guests wonderful photo oportuities.
Local attractions are listed on our website and offer our guests relaxed midlands meanders or nail biting crocodile shows.
Our comfortable apartments are perfect for Business companions, couples or small families.