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Region: Lubombo
Attraction Type: Landscape/Scenic, Culture/People

 

Shewula Nature Reserve

Perfectly situated for visitors traveling between Mozambique and South Africa, Shewula is on one of the most popular tourist routes - yet it remains relatively "undiscovered" and offers a tranquil escape for nature lovers.

This stunning vantage point, set on 2,650 hectares of land set aside by the community for conservation, provides spectacular views over the Swazi lowveld, including the Mbuluzi and Mlawula Nature Reserves, which merge with Hlane Royal Nataional Park to create the Lubombo Conservancy. Hlane holds great cultural significance for teh Swazi people and it supports lion, cheetah, leopard, white rhino, elephant, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, wildebeest and a variety of antelope and zebra. Samango monkeys and leopard - although rarely seen - occur in the forested gorges of the Lubombo Mountains.

This was the first ever community owned eco-tourism camp in Swaziland. The camp offers visitors accommodation in seven rondavels that are either suites or dormitories. A number of activities are available including sharing stories and watching cultural dancing around the fire, hiking, mountain biking, a village visit, games with the local community, visiting projects like the orphanage programme in the community and donkey cart rides. Guests can also visit a traditional healer (sangoma).

Shewula Mountain Camp is just one of the community tourism projects in Swaziland. Click here to find out about other similar tourism in the community initiatives.

The Shewula Nature Reserve is also part of a new initiative which will see a number of Eco Trails developed within the Lubombo Mountains. Eco walks and treks will be opened up, to allow visitors to explore the area better on foot, as well connect to local projects and communities. Click here for more information.