Whether you are planning a school outing or a small conference
with a relaxing atmosphere, you will find something to suit
your needs at Twinstreams. The facilities are being continually
upgraded and today it boasts a variety of architecturally-
interesting structures such as Sinkwe Centre which can accommodate
large groups in comfortable cabins, Mick's Park with its
more rustic facilities and its famous open-air setting under
mature flatcrown trees as well as its award-winning eco-house
staff residence. There are also twin-bed wooden chalets
for those who like their home comforts.
Twinstreams' beautiful setting in a forest adjacent to the
Coastal Park, south of Mtunzini,
offers visitors and day trippers a host of activities.
Download a printable map of its extensive network of footpaths,
as well as a tree and a birding list, and enjoy a hike through
forests with an impressive variety of species. It hosts
the popular annunal Mtunzini
Conservancy Birding Weekend but there are also Birdlife-SA
trained birding guides on hand throughout the year.
Twinstreams had its humble beginnings in a canvas tented
camp on the banks of the Siyaya river on the sugarcane farm
of Ian Garland in 1952. Over the years more and more young
South Africans from all walks of life visited Twinstreams
to hear Ian Garland's lessons on nature and to admire the
beautiful forest he was planting and rehabilitating.
Check out the photographic record of how Twinstreams has
changed over the years and read about the remarkable life
and times of Ian Garland and his lifetime work of rehabilitating
the Siyaya catchment.
Find the trees that some illustrious visitors to Twinstreams
planted and meet some of the Friends and Alumni - who have
gone on to be leaders in their field.
Twinstreams is the 'mother of all indigenous gardens'
and long before it became fashionable to have an indigenous
garden, Ian Garland was on a mission to encourage other
gardeners to 'go indigenous'. He never returned from a trip
to Maputaland or a visit to his beloved Ongoye
Forest without a pocketful of seeds to germinate and
introduce into his garden and forests.
He was famous (some may say notorious) for his 'short walks'
through new sections of his rehabilitated forests where
he would stop at each sapling and praise its virtues.
Find out more about his pioneering gardens and acquaint
yourself with some of his favourite plants or visit one
of the local nurseries that specialise in indigenous plants.
area is rich in natural and cultural heritage sites ranging
from pristine forests, unspoilt estuaries to historical
landmarks and colourful traditional Zulu events. The Zululand
hills are full of history and the best place to start finding
out more about it is at the Fort Nongqayi Museum Village
Take in the majesty of the the Raphia Palm Natural Monument
tick off rare birds in Ongoye Forest or dust off your beadwork
and head for the annual Royal
Reed Dance near Nongoma.
Surf some excellent websites
before you start exploring.
A visit to Twinstreams is not all work and no play! It's
not only about learning important lessons on the environment
but also about having fun with one's friends, family and
Visit our Picture Gallery and browse through the photograph
albums to see who got mud on their face and who couldn't
walk the plank.
If you have some of your own photographs of your visit to
Twinstreams which you would like to share, contact our webmaster
to put them in the album.
Join the debate raging around the proposed
mining close to Twinstreams. WESSA,
Conservancy and the Twinstreams
Blue People have appealed the decision to grant Tronox
authorisation to mine heavy minerals just 600 metres from