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Saunter 3


Waterfall & Hillcrest. Gillitts to Assagay & Shongweni

At around 700 meters above sea level, the heat is now dry and this is the start of the mist zone. The soil is rich and dark and azaleas flourish here helping to make spring gardens stunning. It is a beautiful area full of mature trees.

There are various villages on this Saunter with Hillcrest, now a fast growing little town swelled by those moving out of Durban and down from the Transvaal. In 30 years it has changed from a one robot (set of traffic lights) town to a nine robot town but there is somehow, still a village feel. It just means that the drive to Durban is no longer a necessity as most things can be found locally.

You are spoiled for choice of restaurants here and we have put in some of our favourites.

The artists and crafters range from a world famous sculptor and world famous glass blower to a leather worker making very good pouches for carrying wine when visiting your friends (as well as other items) in his back garden as a retirement hobby. On your Saunter to visit these studios, you will meet the artists and crafters themselves and find a fascinating group of people.

This Saunter also has a now well-loved Saturday market filled with artisan food stalls and crafts.

Perhaps the most important thing last: this is pony territory and includes pleasure riding, polo, and horse and jockey training areas. One of the things we will suggest… get an early start and have breakfast watching a thunder of training thoroughbreds appear out of the mist and gallop past.

In early January we will add some interesting activities for you to enjoy.

Browse this Saunter's Listings

Iphithi Nature Reserve

Picturesque reserve with woodland and wetland habitats

cat-icon 19 a Edward Drive, Chelmsfordville, Gillitts, South Africa

Peel’s Hillcrest Farmstall and Gift Shop

Farmstall and Gift Shop. Honey & beeswax products plus other treats

cat-icon The Mushroom Farm, Kassier Road, Outer West Durban, South Africa

Oscars Café ****

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A vibrant, award winning restaurant, specializing in homestyle comfort food.

cat-icon Lillies Quarter Lifestyle Centre, Old Main Road, Hillcrest, South Africa

Rivendell B and B Guesthouse ****

Conveniently situated in the cool and picturesque village of Hillcrest

Flow by Topaz

Designer clothes from re-purposed fabrics, including sari & Afro-centric cotton.

cat-icon 54 Rock Road, Waterfall, KwaZuluNatal, South Africa

Shongweni Farmer’s Market

Cutting out middlemen, local home crafts & farm fresh produce offered.

cat-icon Shongweni Farmers Market, Outer West Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mrs. Pinkerton

Eclectic vintage store. A purveyor of all things with a sense of past.

cat-icon Unit 9, The Mushroom Farm, 450 Kassier Rd, Shongweni.

Even Flow Décor

Unique, organic, sustainable, quality décor, gifts & furnishings.

cat-icon Shongweni Farmers Market, Mr551 Road, Shongweni Resource Reserve, Shongweni, South Africa

Jo Bangles. Crafter Lid Storrer

Life is too short to wear boring jewellery! Handmade jewellery & accessories.

cat-icon 55 Green Meadow Estate, 20 Green Meadow Lane, Hillcrest

Macnut Farm

Beautiful and affordable weddings in a stunning garden setting.

Springside Nature Reserve

Easy walking through pretty grassland, forest and along wetland.

The Drumshack Experience

Watch a drumming performance, or join in & create Africa's rhythm

cat-icon Castle on Main, 24B Old Main Road, Gillitts, KwaZulu Natal

The Wine Barrel Co.

Repurposed French oak wine barrels and products from the Cape Winelands

cat-icon Shongweni Farmers Market, Mr551 Road, Shongweni Resource Reserve, Shongweni, South Africa

Groundcover, Hillcrest

Handcrafted leather footwear & accessories, made in the Midlands for 30 years

cat-icon The Mushroom Farm, 450 Kassier Road, Assagay, KwaZulu Natal

Gracious Living

GRACIOUS LIVING- with treasures from the past.

cat-icon Fig Tree Farm, 400368 Street, Hillcrest, South Africa

Collectables and Treasures

Hillcrest's little treasure. Bargains that will keep you coming back

cat-icon Figtrees Farm, Inanda Road, Hillcrest, 3610, South Africa. Opposite Kirklington

Aqua Wild Africa

Get wet and wild to discover the beauty of the ocean first hand

cat-icon 33 Barbet Ave, Everton, Gillitts, 3625, South Africa

Animal Farmyard

Animal petting farm for family visits and Kids Parties


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