Shongweni Nature reserve is an non profit company and the operating company for the community trust called the Zwelibomvu Community Trust. The Trust comprises of the 150 families who were removed from the area by government when they built the dam to supply Durban it’s potable water.
Shongweni is rich in biodiversity, a term most people do not bother themselves with or find relevant, however one that refers to that part of nature that gives life to all. In fact, biodiversity links us all, no matter where we live on the plant and it does this through its immense capacity to clean the air we breathe, the water we drink and it provides us with the basis from which we eat and drink and the cures for diseases that threaten our health.
Biodiversity is that balance on the globe that provides us with life, but that which we continue to undermine and destroy. Nature based tourism seldomly references the foundation of life biodiversity offers us all, nonetheless, people in general feel its immense power when immersed within these beautiful spaces.
Shongweni has an abundance of natural spaces with biodiverse landscapes that are breath-taking, offering the soul nourishment and healing. The reserve’s diversity beyond flora and fauna to cultural riches that extend back 30 000 years with evidence of modern mad living here and using the area as home, living off its riches.