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Saunter 4


Bothas Hill to Drummond to Camperdown to Richmond area

Parts of the various Saunters follow the challenging Comrades Marathon Route: the ultra-marathon which links Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Along Saunter 3, we follow a large chunk of the route and you will see the wall of plaques to those who managed it 10 times or more.

The views get more dramatic here as you wind up towards Monteseel with one of South Africa’s most famous rock climbing cliffs. Stretching out into the distance is the stunning Valley of 1000 Hills and KwaZulu-Natal’s Table Mountain forms a backdrop to unspoilt bush further along. There is a wonderful loop to Byrne, a Scottish Settler Valley.

It is also the start of protected places for wildlife. There are bush lodges and game reserves and it is all malaria free. We pass and visit the historic iNchanga Station and Museum with its ghosts of young English soldiers, dreaming of victory against the Boers as they tumble from trains into ox wagons and returning with the tatters of shredded dreams and bodies.

An outstanding Community project is on this route. The crafters’ and artists’ studios include a ceramicist making small wildlife pieces, a puzzle maker, painters of rural scenes and South African landscape, candle makers and more. Each is so different and all make this a very pleasant saunter.

For those seeking some physical action: you can bum slide into a river in a beautiful picnic spot, canoe with wild life around you, go white water rafting and there are wonderful walks. Visit a rural community to experience rural life and pace. Or, simply settle down to watch the wildlife, exercise your right arm in lifting a drink and get pampered by the Spa team.

There are various activities on this route and they will be added through early January.

Browse This Saunter's Listings

IWD Superfleure- Innovative Waste Design

Stylish upcycled accessories and furnishings using old tyres, tubes and waste

cat-icon 237 Old Main Road, Botha's Hill, Hillcrest, South Africa

Embocraft Shop & Training Centre

Craft shop with range of goods made by locals following skill development

cat-icon 27 Old Main Road, Botha's Hill, Hillcrest, South Africa


A stylish & contemporary venue for your special day

cat-icon 61 Old Main Road, Bothas Hill, Outer West Durban, South Africa

The Pot & Kettle ***

Favourite home fare eatery for locals with incredible views.

1000 Hills Community Helpers

Beautiful crafts handmade by the community for the community

Tala Collection Game Reserve Accommodation ****

Game reserve with plentiful and varied wildlife without the malaria risk

cat-icon Tala Private Game Reserve, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa *****

A luxurious boutique Eco-Lodge, with an elegant and personal touch.

cat-icon Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa, Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

PheZulu Safari Park. Game Drives

Traditional Zulu shield making and scenic wildlife Safari Park

The Puzzle Place

Handcrafted wooden puzzles, brain teasers, crafts, toys and games.

Assagay Coffee Farm

Family run coffee farm and manufacturer in the Harrison Valley.

Nguni Cheval Ceramics. Johnny de Beer

Unique hand painted ornamental Nguni, horse & wildlife figurines

cat-icon 15 Warwickshire Crescent, Bothas Hill, Outer West Durban, South Africa

The Oaks Hotel ***

Family run country hotel in the picturesque & historic Byrne valley

cat-icon The Oaks Hotel at Byrne, Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Virginia Trails

MTB, Trail Running and Hiking Trails in a KZN paradise

cat-icon Virginia Farm, eZimwini Road, Eston, KwaZulu Natal (at eZimwini turn off from the R603)

Highstakes Conference Venue with Adventure Sports

Corporate conference and team building venue in scenic country surrounds

cat-icon CATO RIDGE, 14 Killarney Valley Road, Camperdown, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Highstakes Accommodation & Outdoor Activity Centre

Ideal for a weekend getaway, holidays, base for tourists, businessmen, cyclists, mx & enduro enthusiasts.

cat-icon CATO RIDGE, 2 Killarney Valley Road, Camperdown, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Treat Café at Talloula

The Treat Café is all about decadence in its simplest forms, an unadulterated homage to deliciousness.

cat-icon 61 Old Main Road, Bothas Hill, Outer West Durban, South Africa

Mfula Store

A rural stay with all the modern conveniences

cat-icon Mfula Store, Msunduzi Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Hangar Café

Country cafe treat set on the lawns of the Mckenzie Airfield, Richmond

cat-icon Mckenzie Airfield, Richmond Valley Road, Richmond, KwaZuluNatal, South Africa

Tala Collection Game Reserve Weddings

Memorable wedding venue surrounded by natural beauty & sounds of African bush.

cat-icon Tala Private Game Reserve, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Chantecler Hotel

Its country style thatched roof and stone walled buildings perfectly complement the hotel’s stunning gardens and large Koi pond.

cat-icon 27 Clement Stott Road, Botha's Hill, Outer West Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Rustic Daisy

Lovely handmade candles, leather bags and creative 'Gho Ghos' (insects).

Emoyeni Lodge ***

Down a peaceful, country road, Emoyeni Country Lodge is a great escape to the country