Paradise Valley Nature Reserve

Paradise Valley Nature Reserve, Pinetown: Address, Phone Number, Paradise Valley Nature Reserve Reviews: 4/5

Paradise Valley Nature Reserve

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Joseph
Kloof, South Africa73 contributions
Pinetown
Aug 2019
What a gem - only discovered via my activity via the Blood bank -KZN.
Hidden from public - why who knows. Relative quite from the highway noise.
Written 15 October 2019
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Shaz Matazz
Johannesburg, South Africa18 contributions
Paradise Valley
Sep 2019
It is a lovely nature reserve, beautiful waterfall. It was like going on a hike but we had the wrong shoes on. If you don't wish to take the walk up to the waterfalls, you can just chill and have a picnic on the beautiful lawns.
Written 10 October 2019
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marccandace
12 contributions
Nature on your doorstep
Jul 2018 • Family
Enjoy going there with a picnic and lazing about in the sunshine with friends and family, the walks are easy to do and scenic and really give your kids an opportunity to experience nature first hand.

It's also a great place to take school kids to learn about nature.

Its well run and you feel safe in the reserve. Its close and convenient and good for recharging your batteries and also giving overseas visitors a touch of nature without having to travel far and go to the expense of overnight accommodation.
Written 20 March 2019
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AtulKB
Mumbai, India1 016 contributions
Decent Place to Enjoy Nature
Feb 2019 • Friends
Paradise valley is nice reserve to enjoy nature. Dense forestation and waterfall is interesting attractions. One can do own cooking enjoy with friends and family.
Written 24 February 2019
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B.C.QAGELA
Durban, South Africa423 contributions
Paradise Valley picnic and conference center spot.
Dec 2018 • Family
The picnic area is a wonderful place to be with family or friends, the area is widely open for out door games, the grass is very nice and soft, it has got braai areas where you can cook or braai your meat, there are walking trails that will lead you to water fountain and water fall, the conference area is very nice and private it can accommodate about 25 to 30 people at any given time.
Written 24 December 2018
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SuvarnaParbhoo
Durban, South Africa76 contributions
Beneath South Africa's busiest highway, N3
Mar 2018 • Business
The municipal-owned, mainly forest reserve is well maintained and frequently visited for picnics. The surrounding grassland is part of the reserve but requires special permission to visit.
The most popular spot is the waterfall.
The well-equipped interpretive centre is easily accessible, at the entrance to the reserve.
Parking is limited however, an overflow parking area can be accessed, about 100m from the actual parking.
Noise from surrounding traffic can be heard close to the bridge but the trees assist in screening off much of the noise.
Written 25 June 2018
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Prenisha N
31 contributions
Paradise
Dec 2017 • Family
What a beautiful secluded place to spend with family and friends. Great picnic spot. Amazing waterfall were u can swim. U can have braais. Cook potjies. Great place to relax.
Written 21 January 2018
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Sburgin
55 contributions
Beautiful "waterfall" but that's it
Jan 2018 • Friends
It's not a hectic hike so even an unfit person would be able to manage. View on the bottom of the waterfall is beautiful. Take juice/water. Their is no restaurant or shop facilities on the reserve even though their website mentions a restaurant. Also there was a bit of dodgy candle circle slash stuff at the bottom by the waterfall... wasn't keen on that. Good picture opportunities. Definitely worth a visit but go early as parking later on will be a problem.
Written 21 January 2018
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Sue M
Cape Town Central, South Africa310 contributions
Exquisite Reserve with GorgeousWaterfalls
Jan 2018 • Solo
Paradise Valley Reserve is one of nature’s gems tucked away in KwaZulu-Natal near Pinetown and Pietermaritzburg. The lush coastal forest and grasslands have local history including “80 mysterious burial mounds” and the remains of The Umbilo Waterworks. Built in 1887, The Waterworks is a South African national monument.

History
“In the late 19th Century, Durbanites caught the train to Pinetown Bridge and walked down to The Waterworks for a day's picnicking, boating, fishing, and hiking. In 1905, came the flood that put an end to Durban's Umbilo Dam. In just 15 hours almost 16 inches of rain fell, and logs, bamboo, and other debris blocked the river at Pinetown Bridge. The railway bridge gave way, and the ensuing tidal wave killed hundreds of people and destroyed countless homes on the lower Umbilo riverbanks. By then, Durban had alternative water supplies, so the dam wasn't rebuilt.”

Hiking Trails
There are four hiking trails in the Reserve - Duiker, Bushbuck, Waterfall, and Dormouse. They begin at the Interpretive Centre and head down through the picnic area. The start of the Waterfall Trail is about a 30-minute walk over old wooden bridges on the other side of the Umbilo River. The Waterfall Trail leads through thick jungle-like terrain with large strelitzias - wild banana trees - and then over beautiful flat river rock.

Waterfalls
The waterfall’s spectacular viewing platform is at the bottom of Umbilo Falls just beyond the turn off to the Duiker trail. There’s a large pool below the falls, but the water quality is poor and swimming in the Umbilo River isn’t recommended. The trail passes yellowwood trees, small ponds, and the historical waterworks slipway.
Written 18 January 2018
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Destiny G
2 contributions
Peaceful...
Apr 2017 • Friends
Tranquility, fun and peacefuel for many years...I always enjoy a day on the weekend for picnicking or having a party, walking etc...always peaceful yet lively.
Written 14 August 2017
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