Monteseel – Inchanga, Outer West Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal, a province of South Africa.

Monteseel is a residential area that is nestled within a conservation area, approximately half way between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It’s a quiet area often found in a thick blanket of mist or even above the clouds at 826 meters above sea level. On a clear day, you can see the Indian Ocean and in winter the snow on the Drakensberg mountains. It is the most popular climbing venue in Natal. The rock is superb quality sandstone and on top of the cliffs is beautiful sandstone sourveld grassland.

Monteseel Conservancy is registered with KwaZulu Natal Nature Conservation Board and dedicated to the conservation and maintenance of the total environment in the Monteseel area.

With trails, rock climbing, the Hacienda Country Pub, Bunny Farm and breath taking scenery, Monteseel is a destination not to miss.

Here we list some of the things to do in the area.


Monteseel has a few trails open to the public. Below are the trails you can walk unguided.

Trail 1 – Richards Path – approximately 2km – moderate
Trail 2 – Mandala Path – approximately 2km – moderate but on the cliff edge

This site offers amazing scenic views of the Valley of 1000 Hills which is described by the National Geographic Magazine as one of the Seven Wonders of Southern Africa and has been moulded by nature right round Monteseel.

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The cliffs at Monteseel are the most popular traditional climbing venue in KwaZulu-Natal, and people have been recorded climbing here since the 1940s. It has been the scene of many historic developments in South African climbing. For example, the oldest recorded climb in KZN, Hot Plate (Grade 9, first climbed in 1941 by Charles Axelson, Sherman Ripley and Ted Gathercole) is to be found in the central area of the cliffs, just two minutes walk from the main parking spot.

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The Hacienda Pub & Grill is a rustic hideaway in Monteseel just off the Comrades Route (R103), boasting tasty home-style cooking, cold beers in a friendly pub atmosphere. There are also huge gardens out front for the kids to play in.

Debra and her team are ready to serve you your favourite beverage. Come and enjoy some warm country hospitality.

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Just bought a 4×4 and you’re not sure where to do an adventure trail – why not come join us for a day trail?

Bring out the family for a bit of 4×4 fun!

Kids are welcome and love the adventure of being in the bush. Take the time to browse through our photo’s/videos and upcoming events, select a trail suitable for you and your vehicle.

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We are absolutely passionate about bunnies and have been in love and working with these gorgeous, bossy furballs since 1994.

Our mission is to educate people about proper rabbit care. We manufacture our own range of hutches, toys and accessories that are designed specifically for rabbits.

Everything that we manufacture has been tested by our own rabbits and has been given a firm thump of approval!

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The venue is directly off Old Main Road halfway between Pietermaritzburg and Durban at the infamous top of the Inchanga Hill opposite Monteseel. The trail is full of surprises as it starts in grasslands and descends into the valley and forest. It returns to the grassland with incredible views and again descends through more grasslands and forests. Always changing, always something new to see. There are three distances, 5, 10, and 15 km.

The trails are accessible 7 days a week, just park outside the gate. R20pp Honesty Box and Zapper code on the gate.

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