Established in 1991, the Umgeni Estuary Conservancy is a body of individuals who through a shared passion for the uMngeni River work to generate an interest and active participation in others to conserve and restore the river and its riparian zones; and its indigenous fauna and flora from Connaught to the estuarine area at the Beachwood Mangroves.
Tourist boost for iSithumba | Green Corridor Programme
April 19 2012 at 06:00pm
By ARTHI SANPATH
The iSithumba mountain creates a dramatic background and will offer rock-climbing to tourists. Pictures: ZANELE ZULU
iSithumba mountain –
an imposing, huge bald rock – which stands guard over a sprawling
village alongside the mighty Umgeni River in the Valley of 1000 Hills,
in KwaZulu-Natal, will soon be well known to locals and tourists alike.
The Zulu tribal village, which
takes its name from the majestic mountain, is just 45 minutes out of
Durban and with no 4x4 needed to travel to this scenic spot, the area is
receiving special focus as part of the Durban Green Corridor programme
and the Sportgarten (Sports Garden) organisation from Germany.
Local children will be groomed to
some day lead tour groups canoeing, rock climbing and other activities
while their parents will find employment in the accommodation and
And it is an idyllic setting –
thatched rondavels, cows drinking water in the middle of the river and
goats crossing the road paint a picturesque scene welcoming tourists who
want a Zulu village experience.
Gary Cullen, project manager for
the Durban Green Corridor, said this naturally beautiful setting was
ideal for growing watersports and other adventure activities as part of
the eThekwini municipality’s greening programme.
The Green Corridor Programme is taking over a neglected adventure centre that was established in iSithumba a few years ago.