Community owned and run Shewula Mountain Camp is hidden away in the far north-eastern corner of Swaziland, about 30kms from the border with Mozambique. It is a great place to stay. It’s situated on the edge of an escarpment with sweeping views west over the plains of Swaziland and south over the hills of the Mluwula Nature Reserve. Accommodation is in eight stone & thatch huts. Four of these are twin or double ensuite huts and four others are dorms consisting of 4 single bunks and one double bed each. All are kept really clean by the local staff and all have good mattresses and warm duvets.
The common toilets and showers are also squeaky clean and all have gas powered hot water. The dining area and kitchen is well equipped with wooden tables, benches and a four ring gas range plus fridge. You are welcome to self-cater here, but it pays to give the staff advance notice of your arrival if you require them to cook for you. The meals you do get here are absolutely delicious and the portions huge. Electricity is only available in the kitchen/dining area where there are plenty of power points. Lighting in the rooms is by paraffin lamp. Needless to say, there is no WiFi here and phone signal is sporadic.
There is one maintained and easy to follow trail from the camp down the escarpment to the Mbuluzi river, which is well worth the hike. Access to the camp by public transport is first to Simunye (the local town) and then further by minibus to Shewula along a bumpy dirt road. The driver will drop you at the camp on request. The journey from Simunye takes a little over an hour. Notwithstanding the uncomfortable bus ride up the hill, this is well worth a visit. The views over Swaziland are magnificent and all profits go directly to the local community.
Great local food
Hot water showers
Beds from R180
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