Shewula Mountain Camp is an important eco-tourism project in Swaziland which is both owned and run by the local community. The community, under the leadership of Chief Mbandzamane II, created a nature reserve of 2650 hectares upon which they erected Shewula Camp. The camp is located among the Lubombo Mountains on the eastern border of the country with spectacular views of the Swazi countryside as well as Mozambique, which is just 20 minutes drive away. The camp was erected in 2000 and has drawn tourists from all over the world who gain a real insight into the local way of life, while providing employment and income for the Shewula community.
Make no mistake, Shewula is a back to basics camp and guests expecting refined luxury should look elsewhere. There are 7 thatched rondavel huts with stone walls to keep them cool during the day. Some of the huts can sleep up to 5 people, ideal for groups and families, while others are more suited for couples or those seeking some privacy. There are flush toilets and hot showers, but no electricity in the rondavels - for us this simply adds to the authentic Swazi experience. Guests can kick back in the communal lounge and dining area, and savour traditional Swazi fare around a wooden table, and there are self-catering facilities should you desire.
By staying at Shewula Camp, you will be doing your bit for the locals since the profits from the lodge go straight back into the Shewula community. Not only this, but it is leading the way for eco-tourism in Swaziland, since 2650 hectares of land were set aside to create the Shewula nature reserve. Guests can visit the local villages, drink homemade beer and visit a Sangoma, a traditional healer who may just change the way you see the world. The Sibhaca dance and song will give you an insight into Swazi culture and is quite a spectacle. Outdoor enthusiasts can head to the Mbuluzi River and gorge, spotting birdlife and crocodiles basking on the banks, and the region can be explored on a mountain bike. Shewula is not the most luxurious lodge but it really does guarantee an authentic African experience!