In early 2019 private owners acquired a derelict hunting establishment carrying the Zulu name Intaba Ingwe (interpreted as “mountain of the leopard”) with a vision to convert and expand the property into a thriving Big-5 wildlife conservancy.
In the years which ensued significant work was undertaken to restore alien infested lands, neglected water sources, damaged and overgrown game fencing, neglected road infrastructure, and the several dilapidated accommodation facilities back to a place where the endemic African wildlife could once again flourish and where nature enthusiasts could benefit.
Although the devastating floods of April 2022, which ravaged the KwaZulu-Natal Province destroying twelve thousand houses and displacing forty thousand people, undid much of this work rehabilitation continues unabated.
Nine months prior to this disastrous event the owners of Zulweni and neighbours Thula Thula agreed to collaborate in a joint initiative to form the Greater Zululand Wildlife Conservancy (GZWC) by linking their properties to provide much needed range expansion for the Thula Thula elephant herd and the opportunity to reintroduce cheetah and lion into the area.
With such initiative closely aligned to a national governmental drive to create corridors and drop fences to provide larger contiguous areas of habitat for elephant, lion, leopard, and rhinoceros the Strategic Management Plan for the new Conservancy was approved within just four months.
Key components of this plan included the installation of a grid gate on the P700 provincial road which dissects the reserves, and the inclusion of an additional 1100 hectares of leased land on its Eastern border. Both these projects are now all but complete and approval is awaited from local authorities to drop the fences.