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The Kafunga Foundation’s Mountain Sanctuary is unique.
"Mountains In The Mist" …... “Diamond in the Crown” in the Kingdom of the Zulu….. as it is fondly known, personifies this " Peace of Eden".
You will find it in the midst of one of the most spectacular regions on The African Continent.
It is situated on The Elephant Coast high up above surrounding Big Five reserves such as KwaZulu Natal’s Mkuze, Hluhluwe and Pinda Game Reserves. Immediate neighbors are the world-renowned Thanda Private Game Reserve, Bayete Zulu Reserve and Rhino Reserve.
From the Mountain Sanctuary’s “Roof of the World” the furthermost horizons eastwards are those of neighboring countries. One of great note for its Gorongoza Reserve, is Mocambique, a former Portuguese
Colony. Its length stretches along the Indian Ocean with its warm Benguela current. The other good neighbor is The Kingdom of Swaziland ruled by King Mswati 111 originally protected by Queen Victoria of England.
In closer proximity to the East is the mighty Ubombo Mountain Range which stretches along the East Coast of South Africa. The Elephant Coast on the Indian Ocean is home of the world-famous National Heritage Site, the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park.
“The World Natural Heritage Site The Isimangaliso Wetland Park (previously known as The Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park) must be the only place on the Globe where the world’s oldest Land Mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world’s largest Terrestrial Mammal (the elephant) share an eco-system with the world’s oldest Fish (the coelacanth) and the world’s largest Marine Mammal (the whale).” Former President Nelson Mandela .10 August 2003.
Gazing westwards an astonishing site meets the eye. Unending, vast mountain ranges, are the domain of our Royal neighbor, His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelethini of The Kingdom of the Zulu. Historically this is Africa’s oldest game reserve, once the Royal Hunting Ground of King Shaka. Hluhluwe iMfolozi, a small part of this domain, is credited with ensuring the White Rhino’s survival.
With awe-inspiring views of magnificent and unspoilt bushveld-covered ranges and valleys spread out below the Sanctuary’s “Misty Mountains” it is little wonder that this little piece of Eden with its copious quantities of water, in an otherwise dry and arid land, is coveted by people both nationally and internationally. It is often pointed out that the land reclaimed by The Kafunga Foundation from the overgrazing of cattle, the resultant erosion and thorn-scrub has recovered to such an extent as to appear as healthy with its diversity of trees, shrubs, flowers and grassland as in the time of King Shaka’s ruling of The Kingdom.
Our Mountain Sanctuary is a refuge for myriad life forms. These are some of the most diverse life-forms on the Continent, not least are from the Butterfly and Moth Kingdoms. There are hundreds of different bird species. The diversity of trees, shrubs and flowers is said by the authorities to be remarkable. Such is the diversity of fauna and flora it has been suggested that the Mountain Sanctuary apply for Registration as a World Heritage Site.
This level of International interest has regularly arisen. Mountain Sanctuary Lodge will cater for much-needed first-rate accommodation for international tourists, scientists, conservationists, educators and volunteers from all over the world, particularly the United States of America and France.
From the standpoint of financial viability the Mountain Sanctuary, with accommodation at its Main Lodge, Family Lodge, self-catering
Bungalows and Tented Camp, will ensure a cross-section of accommodation now much in demand by the public from various walks of life.
The peace and great beauty of the Sanctuary is still the mainstay of enormous attraction to the average visitor, be it nationally or internationally.
What would be the most important consideration for any tourism enterprise? Locality! Mountain Sanctuary is located in one of South Africa’s most important Eco-tourism destinations. The Sanctuary, consistent of more than one thousand hectares (six thousand acres) of prime Eco-Tourism land, is ideally placed in a world class natural area, The Elephant Coast of Zululand. With close proximity to South Africa’s main city Johannesburg, and Durban on the Indian Ocean, it is also the gateway to Mozambique and Swaziland, all distinct destinations for tourists.
Surrounded by Thanda Private Game Reserve which has been awarded best luxury hotel in the world and the internationally significant Rhino Reserve, we are ideally situated to provide a destination with a class of distinction, for both domestic and also International tourists.
Not far away are found many other world class venues including Big Five Hluhluwe Umfolozi and Mkuze Game Reserves and World renowned Sodwana Bay Marine Reserve that forms part of the World Natural Heritage Site the Isimangaliso Wetland Park. Nearby are also other beautiful wilderness areas where the Great Zulu Culture is preserved by Tribal people that still live in their traditional way.
You will easily find us if you drive SW along the national highway N2 from O.R. Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, or NE from Durban's new International King Shaka Airport - both routes will take you along the main tourist route to the magnificent North East “Elephant Coast” of Zululand, South Africa. The road from Durban leads past Hluhluwe to Mkuze. 30 kms north of Hluhluwe, at Bayela, turn left, ie. west. Mountain Sanctuary is situated just 10 kilometers along the PR 450 on a well used tourist route.