A paradise for birdwatchers

You would be suprised how much beauty you can come across during a slow, quiet paddle around the dam. White-backed night heron with her chicks, a Swamphen gracefully walking on water hyacinth and the iconic yellow-billed duck. Shongweni is a little paradise for birdwatchers too.

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Exploring the reserve from the horse back

Is there anything better that being in the bush? Yes, being in the bush on a horse back. Exploring the reserve sitting on a horse is as exciting as a hike in the bush. On horseback you get closer to our wildlife although it’s always advisable to keep a safe distance from wild animals. Normally, giraffes can coexist with livestock,…

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It’s a boy!

A new baby giraffe has joined the group few days ago. Already 2 meters high, the new born is living his first days with the mum and the herd, getting used to zebras and still checking humans out Fun facts about giraffes: 1) Giraffes are found in the dry savannas of Africa, where they roam among the open plains and woodlands. 2) Well…

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Got Our Mountain Climbing Equipment!

Finally! Finally! Finally! Yes, we finally got it. It’s here, it’s real, and ready to secure you on our cliff tops Our two local guys have been trained as mountain climbing instructors already few months ago and have patiently waited for weeks for the equipment to arrive. Helmets, ropes, shoes and enough harnesses for a group of 6/8 climbers have…

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Enjoying The Little Things

Shongweni is not famous for the big five, although we found evidence that leopards, buffalo and rhinos used to live here some years ago. No, Shongweni’s strengthsare its rich biodiversity. Dragonflies, frogs, rare bats, birds, butterfly and the precious dung beetles, these are what makes Shongweni such an important biodiversity site in a municipal area. The new management company is…

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Conservation Guardians raises funds with a 67km’s paddle on Mandela Day

On Mandela Day 2018 Conservation Guardians committed to paddle 67km’s around the Shongweni  dam, in a quest to raise desperately needed funds for those basic needs we require to continue building the reserve and saving the biodiversity that few people recognize as the most basic foundation to the beauty we all enjoy. Just as Mandela Day calls for 67 minutes of community work, Conservation…

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