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Bulwer

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Marutswa forest

The Marutswa Forest Boardwalk is built on an old logging site used in the late 1800s and is named after a local Zulu Man ‘Mahustjwa’ who harvested Sneezewood trees to sell as railway sleepers. The lower walk of the contour trail is part of the old logging route which was used by oxen and mules to drag timber for sale in Durban and Pietermaritzburg. 

Objective

The Marutswa Forest Trail & Boardwalk, located close to the quaint country village of Bulwer on the R617, is a joint initiative between  the SappiWWF TreeRoutes Partnership. Local conservation group, The Bulwer Biosphere. BirdLife South Africa and the Southern KZN Birding Route have incorporated the site into the route.
It is a wonderful testament to the power of local people in co-operation with both the business and wildlife communities in their combined determination to conserve.