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Shewula Mountain Camp, Simunye, Northeastern Swaziland, Southern Africa.

A product of co-operation between the Shewula Community under Chief Mbandzamane Sifunduza and members of the Lubomobo Conservancy.  60000-Ha protected area in northeastern Swaziland includes the Shewula Nature Reserve, an escarpment of mountains and forest stretching down to the Mbuluzi River. The Mountain Camp straddles the Lubombo Mountains that separates the Kingdom of Swaziland and Mozambique. Views extend from Maputo and for 100-km into Swaziland.  The Shewula community predates that of modern Swaziland.  Famed for their legendary traditional healers (Tangoma) and rainmaking powers.  The camp offers rustic accommodation, meals and guided cultural and nature tours. Four comfortable huts, a campground, a kitchen and dining area. Double and bunk beds, with a maximum of four per hut. The camp is arranged similar to a traditional homestead. Shared ablution facilities with flush toilets and hot showers. Cook on gas stoves. Pots, pans and eating utensils are provided. Paraffin lanterns and candles. Self-catering or order traditional meals of fruit, vegetables and meat prepared by local families (chicken, vegetables and maize porridge together with seasonal fruits) A small shop sells basic foodstuffs. This romantic mountaintop is an ideal place to experience rural life in Africa.

Assist herdboys driving the cattle to a dip. Take a guided nature walk down the escarpment into the Shewula Nature Reserve, renowned for its diverse birdlife and ancient ironwood forests. Swim in the river. Take a cultural tour through the Shewula community, sampling local beer and food along the way.  Hear about the Nswayi Sacred Forest and stop at the Chief’s Umphakatsi to hear how the community is administered.  Visit a sangoma – a traditional healer whose skills include knowledge of powerful local herbs and the ability top communicate with the spirit world.  Enjoy a grandstand view of the setting sun while sipping an ice-cold beer or a bottle of wine.

Bring walking shoes, a hat and sunblock, sleeping bags, a towel and toiletries. Shewula is a malaria area so take suitable precautions. 10-km south of the Lomahasha border post with Mozambique. An ideal stopover for travellers between Kwa-Zulu Natal and Mpumalanga. From the turnoff the camp is a gentle 0.5 hours drive through undulating landscape.  The camp is accessible in 2-wheel drive vehicles apart from periods of heavy rainfall (December through February). AXShewula

Contct:            Box 139 Simunye Swaziland
            +268 (416 2180 telephone
            +268 (416) 1040 fax

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