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Shongweni is a large nature reserve situated 30km north of Durban, which is a recognized Natural Heritage Site. It includes a variety of games, over 200 species of bird, interesting rock formations, grasslands and bush-veld. There is dam for fishing and canoeing, with over 15km of hiking trails. The trails are self-guided and there are restrooms and three picnic sites en-route. Purchase an inexpensive permit at the gate. Call ahead for other details and opening timings.
Located between Botha's Hill and Drummond, Phezulu Safari Park is highly recommended. It lies on the ridge overlooking the Valley of 1,000 hills. There is a good curio shop on site and two restaurants; try a four-wheel trip into the Valley of hills. The main attractions, however, are the interesting tour of the crocodile farm and the Zulu village and dancing show. There is also an animal farm and children's playground.
The Valley of a Thousand Hills is a beautiful spot in the verdant folds of the KwaZulu-Natal, where the Umgeni and Msunduzi rivers meet. The valley offers accommodation facilities, restaurants, safari parks and many more recreational facilities. The Phezulu Safari Park is a must-visit site here as well as the food markets and Aqua Wild Africa. So spend your day of leisure at the Valley and bask in the natural aura of the place.
If you are driving north from Durban, a few miles past Umhlanga, is the 'sugar town' of Tongaat. Crocodile Creek is located on the Tongaat river in sub-tropical bush and is home to over 7,000 Nile Crocodiles, Alligators, Caiman, snakes and other reptiles. The farm includes bush and hill trails, a waterfall, river plains, and thatched buildings with tree top walkways. There is a shop selling curios, crocodile leather goods, and croc dishes. Refreshments are also available.