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 around the picturesque Inanda Dam. Meet friendly locals, experience Zulu culture and know that the income from your visit changes lives for the better.
START AT 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.
CREATE A ZULU LOVE LETTER
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.
VISIT A WORLD-RENOWNED ARTIST
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.
GET ACTIVE ON OR AROUND INANDA DAM
For an active adventure, set out from the Inanda Adventures’ site on Inanda Dam to canoe on the dam, mountain bike or hike along its edges.
A TASTE OF LOCAL CUISINE
Have lunch at the colourful ‘shisa nyama’ Sbu’s Tavern, more glitzy ‘township vibe’ Under the Moon, or quirky Fashion Café.