This small community-run lodge, situated high up on the Lubombo Mountain range in Swaziland, is experiential tourism at its best. Shewula Mountain Camp is not just a place to stay, but a place to really absorb and understand Swazi culture and its predominantly rural lifestyle.
Shewula Mountain Camp offers both family and private rooms, all locally built using the skills of local builders, and materials such as stone and thatch from surrounding areas. This is a truly home-grown and authentic establishment that will appeal to travellers interested in responsible and sustainable travel. The lodge provides three healthy meals a day, featuring mostly locally grown and produced food.
Scenic, cultural and nature-based walking trails are a feature, with more than 10 years of visitor-traveller interaction ensuring a warm and friendly welcome throughout the community.
Shewula continues to develop and take advantage of its successful reputation and now also includes a small meeting and conference room which is suitable for workshops and corporate team getaways.
Chief Mbandzamane Sifundza II and the community of Shewula extend a warm welcome to all visitorsto this flagship of community tourism establishments in Swaziland. The manager, Nomsa, and her enthusiastic team make sure that everybody is well taken care of and comfortable.
This accommodation provider has taken action to address one or more issues (whether environmental, social or cultural) which will contribute positively to the long term viability of the destination and hence their site displays a Caring for the destination rating.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
To provide income for local community and to perserve indigenous culture, knowledge and crops. To sustain the Shewula Nature Reserve.
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
Shewula Mountain Camp is a much-quoted model of sustainability and responsible tourism development. The camp is 100% community owned and run. It has been developed using local materials and building skills. The sourcing of foodstuffs from neighbouring homesteads, the employment of local people and the ongoing use of community-based suppliers for maintenance, re-thatching, building and security ensures that the facility is closely integrated with the community as a whole.
The camp has also been the focal point for introducing many charitable and development projects within the community including; an indigenous nursery, encouraging the planting of indigenous crops, an orphan-care program, a community resource centre, art and craft development, solar power and wind-generated power testing and much much more.
The camp regularly hosts volunteers providing various types of assistance within the community. Feel free to contact Shewula Mountain Camp to enquire about any oppourtunities that may exist for experiences of this nature.
Your stay in this camp directly empowers this community to continue with the positive social and environmental impacts they have already achieved.