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Renovating Hiking Trails in the Ngwempisi Wilderness Area

Posted on: Wednesday, August 12, 2015
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The Khelekhele Hiking Trails in the Ngwempisi Wilderness Area has been renovated, re-launched and handed over to the Velezizweni community in Mankayane. The Ngwempisi wilderness area contains flatlands and undulating hills ranging from a mere 50 metres to 800 metres above sea level and if you feel like Venturing on to the Khelekhele Hiking trails you will have a bushveld experience like no other. 

The 33km Trails in Ngwempisi provide endless vistas of plateaux, woodlands, riverine forest and mountainous terrain, and an opportunity to see numerous birds, interesting flora and fascinating geology. The diverse geology prevalent in Swaziland makes it the strikingly beautiful country it is – and ensures that hiking here is always a challenging and satisfying experience

The Khelekhele hiking trails hand-over was done two months ago by the Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Jabulani Mabuza, during a ceremony held at Velezizweni Primary School. In his opening remarks, STA CEO Eric Maseko said educating communities on the importance of preserving their tourist attractions was essential.

"We found Khelekhele full of potential and worth giving another chance. We, therefore, urge community members to value such sites as they could transform your micro economy," said Maseko.

The Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Jabulani Mabuza said the project opened opportunities for the local community.

"We call upon the community to be enterprising, in as far as providing other value add services, which may include horse riding, and donkey-pulled cart travels to the site, among others. Swazis are keen to visit spectacular sites like this one, hence the community should be able to draw significant value from this project," said Mabuza.

Just one hour’s drive south of Mbabane through the fertile and beautiful Malkerns Valley to Mankayane, one of Swaziland’s oldest towns, takes you to one of the most ruggedly beautiful areas of Swaziland - The Ngwempisisi Wilderness Area. The Ngwempisi River has sliced its way through the sandstone and shale of the Ntfungulu Hills to create the Ngwempisi Gorge, a land where middleveld and lowveld savannah typify this eco-region. The Ngwempisi Gorge is one of numerous locations around Swaziland where nature lovers can find both solitude and adventure amid genuine wilderness.





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