Valley of a 1000 Adventures
By Tate Drucker
The sight of zebras, sparkling water and birds soaring above acacia trees instantly stilled my restless heart as I arrived at the reserve. It was hard to believe somewhere so picturesque could exist only an hour’s drive away from downtown Durban.
Over the course of the weekend I got to know the view from many different angles. From renting a canoe to paddle on the dam’s placid waters, to exploring the winding shoreline by bike, to having a picnic in the shade of an acacia tree as those zebras grazed nearby, I drank my fill of the scenery.
Immerse yourself in a world of adventure just past the city limits. Explore Inanda on foot, in a canoe or by bike.
Although Inanda Dam attracts its fair share of day visitors, the best way to take full advantage of all the reserve has to offer is to spend the night in one of the spacious, en-suite safari tents. This way you can meander along the forest trails or bird-watch in leisurely fashion from the boat.
When the sun went down, I was in the very best spot. Right then nothing could beat the perfect pleasure of sundowners on the porch of the tent. As dusk settled on the valley and the stars came out, there were no sounds of highways or city life anywhere around.
After an action-packed day, relax in the stylish comfort of a safari tent.
Just 43km from Durban and near the suburb of Hillcrest, Inanda Dam lies centrally in the Valley of a Thousand Hills. No 4x4s or special vehicles are required to reach it, as the drive is entirely on a winding tar road.
Stay in your own tent or in one of the reserve’s private, well-equipped en suite canvas tents. Camping from R220 a night for one or two people, R110 an extra adult, R55 a child. Four-sleeper safari tent R1,200 a night.
Each tent sleeps four and boasts an en-suite bathroom.
Hour-long dam cruise R140 an adult, R75 students and pensioners, R50 schoolchildren.
Departures at 10h00, 12h000, 14h00 and 16h00 in summer.
031 766 9946, www.msinsi.co.za
Zebra graze peacefully among the campsites.