iSithumba - 4x4 Trails


Activity Description

Explore the uMngeni Valley by 4×4 (bring your own) the perfect chance to test out your 4×4 skills and learn some tricks while enjoying the incredible scenery around the uMngeni Valley and iSithumba Adventure Centre. Hosted By Monteseel Adventures and Durban Green Corridor.

Get to know what your 4×4 is capable of, test yourself off road and exploring some of Durban’s most incredible natural scenery with 4×4 experts to help you along the way.

After a short briefing vehicles on safety and trail protocol, vehicles will leave The Hacienda at 09:00 in convoy and go to the Valley Viewpoint where the “sleeping giant” can be seen on a clear day.
Should this not be possible, we will proceed to the Valley entrance. Thereafter, we drop down into the Valley of a Thousand Hills. After about 5kms on mainly tar road (D1004) we drop off onto the Sikelekehleni Riverine 4×4 Trail (Grade 1 – 3) where we pass below the Sithumba Primary School mainly on dirt roads, bush track and quarries where sand mining takes place. The trail crosses the river a number of times before reaching the Umgeni River. The trail then proceeds along the banks of the Umgeni River for about a kilometer before climbing out on a dirt road/track. There will be ample opportunity for guests to take photo’s and do some bird watching along the way. This route can take up to three hours to complete.
A quick stop at Mafula Store for some quick refreshments before proceeding to the Mafula Picnic Spot, managed and maintained by Durban Green Corridor trained guide. Guests will have an opportunity to swim in the Mqeku River pools and enjoy a braai here. Please bring your own picnic lunch, braai meat and drinks. The trip home will be along dirt and tar roads back to The Hacienda and this normally takes about 40 minutes.
Your tour leader will be Jacques Malan who has many years experience in the valley. For further details please contact Jacques on email: Cell: 082-462-2908


ProviderGreen Corridors NPC
Duration6 hours
WhenLast Sunday of every Month
WhereiSithumba Hacienda
WeatherAll weather conditions
What to WearComfortable clothes and shoes
Things to BringYou will be required to have your own 4x4 Please bring your own picnic lunch, braai meat and drinks Camera Swimwear if you are up for a swim
Guests or SpectatorsGuests can picnic at the iSithumba site


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsTour Leader, lead 4x4 with all required safety and equipment should you get stuck, entry fees to picnic sites, community levy and guides

Meals and drinks


Pre booking is essential and limited to 10 4×4′s
R550 per 4×4 (Irrespective of how many people are in your car)
Meet at 08h30 for briefing.
Careful effort is maintained to ensure that the local community in the valley benefit from these trails and damage to the environment is kept to an absolute zero

Customer Reviews

It was an awesome experience and we had a great time. I really enjoyed the interaction with other 4x4 drivers. The most important part of this trip for me was the management of this event. Jacques Malan is an outstanding individual who made us feel very safe and supported us every step of the way. I look forward to the next event:) - Salim Khan

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