Swaziland is proud of its many community projects that give visitors the opportunity to explore traditional ways of life. The Shewula experience offers genuine Swazi hospitality run totally by the community, for the community.Shewula was the first ever community owned eco-tourism camp in Swaziland opening in 2000. Sitting high atop the Lubombo mountains close to the border with Mozambique, the first thing visitors will notice is the superb, far stretched views across the lowveld over into the country’s big 5 reserve, Hlane Royal National Park. The Shewula Community is a nature reserve of 2650 hectares, under the leadership of Chief Mbandzamane II and home to Shewula Mountain Camp.
Guests expecting 5 star luxury should really look elsewhere, this rustic camp offers a real insight into the local way of life whilst providing employment and an income to the Shewula community. The camp has no electricity, light is provided by paraffin lamps and accommodation is in 7 thatched rondavel huts with en-suite facilities and showers with views to die for.
In the Shewula community there still survives the “ubuntu” tradition, which is the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. In the “ubuntu” tradition, you are a person only with and through other people.
Getting involved is the Ubuntu way of life at Shewula and guests can explore local villages and join in their daily chores. You can visit a Sangoma – a traditional healer, and learn of their healing powers and ability to predict the future. Nature lovers can hike down to the Mbuluzi river and gorge, spotting birds and crocodiles basking on the banks. The Sibhaca performance will leave you with a shake in your step as you learn the importance of this traditional song and dance.
The local food is excellent, prepared to traditional methods, meals here cost under £7 and are probably the best local food you will have tasted! Washed down with an “umcombotsi’ (the local beer) you’ll be ready to turn off the paraffin lamp for a sound nights sleep.