Mbazwana

A traditional Zulu town, Mbazwana is the seat of the local chief and is set in an area that can only be described as a natural paradise with four major game reserves and 220 kilometres of pristine and protected beaches on one of the most ecologically diverse coastlines in the world. 

The town is a friendly, busy and bustling mix of ancient and modern where you can buy natural medicines passed down through generations from a Sangoma in the market with cash that you withdrew from the ATM at the bank next door as you stepped over a passing scorpion kind of thing. 

Mbazwana sits on the border of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO world heritage site of global ecological importance. The only place in the world where you can see an elephant and a whale at the same time and home to the big five

Just over an hours drive from home and we are in Africa's oldest game reserve and former hunting grounds of the Zulu kings and where the White Rhino was saved from extinction. A beautiful reserve of hills and valleys and home to the big five.

Just ten minutes drive from home is Sodwana Bay on the clear warm waters of the Indian ocean. Here you swim with dolphins, dive with sharks, see stingrays and turtles and watch whales 

Ikhaya Lemvelo means the home of nature in Zulu and here a Zulu wilderness guide explains what that means to him

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