Inanda “Discover our valley” Tour

Hobbies include: Beadmaking, canoeing, hiking, singing.

Add an exciting new dimension to your stay in Durban or Umhlanga. Head 20 km inland into the Inanda Valley, cradle of South Africa’s democracy and home to a vibrant semi-rural community living across green hills and valleys. Meet friendly locals, experience Zulu culture and know that the income from your visit changes lives for the better.

VISIT OUR WOWZULU MARKETPLACE

Our WOWZULU Marketplace at the historic Ohlange Institute, where Nelson Mandela first voted, is your warm welcome into the valley. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee, hear our stories and view locally-made craft. Visit the home and grave of JL Dube, first president of the ANC, and find out why Nelson Mandela chose to vote in this special place.

The WOWZULU Marketplace is the start of three half-day and one full-day village experiences:

CULTURAL IMMERSION AT MA MTSHALI’S

After a visit to the WOWZULU Marketplace, drive into the hills of Umzinyathi above Inanda, to the

picturesque rural homestead of master crafter Eunice Mtshali. Learn the ancient craft of beadwork and create your own Zulu love letter, while our guide introduces you to elements of the rich Zulu culture that surrounds you.

Tour Info!

Itinerary: Experience starts at 9am from the WOWZULU Marketplace

Duration: 3 hour

Cross Cultural Impact: Vibrant cultural heritage

Physical Endurance: Village walk

Tour Starts: 9.00am

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TOWNSHIP VIBE: ART, FOOD AND UPCYCLING

From the WOWZULU Marketplace, visit the modest township home of artist Caesar Mkhize, whose quirky, beaded animal sculptures are in demand around the globe. Sing along as the Mkhize family entertain you to music. At the nearby Esikhumulweni Cooperative, watch as members create designer items from recycled Toyota seat covers into designer products. Then stop for lunch at Fashion Café, a street-side café that proudly serves “the best tramezzini” in Durban as well as everything from burgers to traditional Shisa Nyama.

Tour Info!

Itinerary: Experience starts at 9am from the WOWZULU Marketplace

Duration: 3 hour

Cross Cultural Impact: Vibrant cultural heritage

Physical Endurance: Easy

Tour Starts: 9am

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COMBINED RURAL AND TOWNSHIP

For a full-day experience, combine Ma Mtshali’s rural homestead experience with lunch at Fashion Café and visits to Caesar Mkhize and the sewing cooperative. Start at the WOWZULU Marketplace.

Tour Info!

Itinerary: Experience starts at 9am from the WOWZULU Marketplace

Duration: 7 hour 9am-4pm

Cross Cultural Impact: Vibrant cultural heritage

Physical Endurance: Village Walk

Tour Starts: 9am

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CANOE, CYCLE OR HIKE AT INANDA DAM

Hobbies include: Beadmaking, canoeing, hiking, singing.

After a Marketplace visit, venture out from the Inanda Adventures’ site on Inanda Dam to canoe on the dam, mountain bike or hike along its edges.

Tour Info!

Itinerary: Flexible between 8am and 3pm

Duration: 2 Hours

Cross Cultural Impact: Vibrant cultural heritage

Physical Endurance: Canoe, Hike

Tour Starts: Flexible between 8am and 3pm

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