A Slice of Paradise

📍Paradise Valley Nature Reserve, Pinetown

🥳 Fun factor: two words – lush and lovely. A great morning out in this tropical escape, we give it a thumbs up.

🏋🏾‍♀️ Fitness level required: beginners will love it. There are 4 trails to choose from ranging from 650m to 4km, some of which will definitely raise the heart rate with some steep climbs.

👧🏽 Suitability for kids: Yes. The wide open trails are safe to navigate with children. They will love the waterfall & will definitely want to take a dip in the plunge pool so bring a costume. The picnic/braai area is spacious and open, and even has a play area to keep them entertained.

💸 Costs: R18 adults, R14 children, R12 pensioners.

🤩 What we loved most:
– It’s no surprise that this slice of paradise is best known for its majestic waterfall. It really is a magnificent sight and I found myself gazing at it for minutes, totally mesmerised. It was wonderful to see kids (and parents) cooling off in the plunge pool and my only regret is not bringing a costume so I could join them.
– Although we will happily hike many kilometres to get to a waterfall, it is quite nice that this one is easily accessible (850m) for those who may not be able to walk long distances for medical or other reasons. After all, everyone deserves to experience the grace and majesty of a waterfall up close at least once in their lives.

🚦Did you know? Paradise Valley is home to Durban’s first waterworks, which date back to July 1887.

Just to note that the 4km route seemingly isn’t walked very often so it is overgrown in areas. If you can, try walk this one with company.

In short: it’s very nice, this paradise!

100 outdoor experiences in 100 days – chasing waterfalls 🤸🏾‍♀️☀️😆