A mental detox I never knew I needed

Mahushe Shongwe Nature Reserve is a small and quiet nature reserve that is situated in Nkomazi, Mpumalanga. The region experiences a subtropical climate , therefore it can get quite hot. Getting there from Nelspruit was quite easy and we only had to travel through gravel road for a few kilometers.

Entrance fee is R40 for adults and R20 for children under 12. We drove in and as we made our way to the Mthomeni camp we saw several Nyala and Impala. I was left alone for a few hours so I took that as an opportunity to explore. I felt safe walking around knowing that there are no dangerous animals in the reserve but still had a slight fear because I did not know what to expect.

As I made my way through the reserve I found several Aloes and Cycads as well as several animal droppings and bones. I honestly had so much fun because it felt as if I was the only one there, which I love because it allowed me to meditate and gather my thoughts. It was a mental detox I never knew I needed.

I obviously didn’t walk through the entire reserve but if you plan to drive through, you can expect to see a large variety of bird species such as the Gorgeous Bushshrike, Woodland Kingfisher, Lizard Eagle and Little Sparrowhawk. You can also expect to see mammals such as Waterbuck, Kudu, Warthog, Vervet Monkeys and Zebra’s.

If you’re like me and like to take the path less travelled, then I would definitely advise you to visit Mahushe Shongwe Nature reserve.

I’m looking forward to hear how it goes.

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