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Eco Trails Created in Lubombo Mountains

Posted on: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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Four of Swaziland’s top attractions and tourism providers have come together in a project dedicated to making the Lubombo Mountains more accessible for those who wish visit. This region of Swaziland is one of the most breath-taking expanses of natural beauty in the country, with each corner providing a new view and a different perspective on this extensive area. 

The Lubombo Eco Trails program is developing a network of trails in the Lubombo Mountains. This will open this spectacular and little known region to those seeking genuine adventure and a rich ecological and cultural experience. The trails will link communities in Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa and offer a variety of products from challenging hiking and mountain bike trails, rugged 4x4 routes, river rafting and canoeing. The Eco Trails are being designed to bring maximum benefits to the environment and to local ­communities
 

The Lubombo Mountain Range
The impressive landscapes of the Lubombo Mountains are shared by Swaziland, Mozambique and South Africa along a narrow range about 800km in length, with an average elevation of 600 meters. The region is a recognised global biodiversity hotspot. Its high diversity of flora and fauna can be attributed to its elevation within a transitional zone between two biogeographic regions: the dry thorn savannas of the west, and the moister coastal thickets of the east. Birdlife is exceptional, with more than 350 species recorded in Mlawula Nature Reserve alone. Densely forested gorges and ravines, open broadleaf savanna and vast panoramic views characterise the scenic landscape. The region has a rich history and the vitality of traditional culture continues to be reflected in the daily lives of its warm and friendly inhabitants. The implementation of the Eco Trails initiative will take place in phases. The first phase is being implemented in the Lubombo Conservancy, which brings together the conservation areas described in this brochure. The expected timeframe for the full development.

The Trails

Currently three trails are set up and running. These are the Mhlumeni-Goba  - featuring the Goba community located 60km west of Maputa and a chance to explore this 9,000 year old conservation area, The Muti Muti Conservancy – 2000ha of mountain forests and open savannah, and the Manzimnyama Landscape – a legendary conservation project with its attractive open grassland, vast plateau and Mnyame River which has carved a path through the landscape.

The initiative has been set up by a collaboration of partners. These include Shewlua Mountain Camp, Mbuluzi Game Reserve, All Out Africa, and Mlawula Nature Reserve. This backing my major tourism initiatives will see these trails become a huge success. The eco trails are designed to benefit the communities, but there is little doubt in the the huge and rewarding experience visitors to the area and trails will receive.
 

For more information please download the Lubombo Eco Trails pamphlet by click here.

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