|April 19 2012 at 06:00pm |
By ARTHI SANPATH
Friday, 20 April 2012
Tourist boost for iSithumba | Green Corridor Programme
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 catering industries.
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.