Destinations

Journey with our community guides to some of Durban’s most loved and best-kept destinations. Take in the rugged terrain and rich traditions of our rural landscape; feel the beat of our diverse urban fabric and be captivated by the unparalleled natural beauty of our rare ecosystems.

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The rugged terrain and rich traditions of our rural landscape; the beat of our diverse urban fabric and the unparalleled natural beauty of our rare ecosystems have been packaged into tourism experiences that serve as incubators for social and environmental initiatives.

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Purpose Projects

The Green Corridor Model looks to co-creation as a way to balance the needs of the environment with community prosperity and resilience.Teaching; restoring; growing; sustaining; programming; connecting; recycling and protecting are our tools for delivery.

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 About Green Corridors

Green Corridors is a social-purpose and impact-focused organisation that aims to see communities thrive in balance with the habitats around them. Green Corridors co-creates open spaces in key local destinations that balance environmental ‘musts’ with the challenges and opportunities of the communities that live, work and thrive within them. From these spaces and our purpose-projects and tourism experiences have been activated adding the critical layer of socio-economic sustainability to our ecosystem. By employing a layered partnership structure, we look to ensure the sustained involvement of multiple stakeholders in any given area. This ensures a resilient structure that can survive the cyclical nature of commercial sponsorships and campaigns.

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Important Covid 19 (Coronavirus Update) 

Due to these unprecedented circumstances and in the interests of the well-being of our staff, communities we work in and our customers, we have implemented the following: 

  • Green Corridors GreenHub and all our sites (including iSithumba and eNanda Adventures) are now open for activities with strict access and group size restrictions
  • Most our self guided and guided activities will be subject to our safety and hygiene protocols
  • Canoeing trips / canoe hire at GreenHub (Blue Lagoon) have reopened
  • All our tours including shuttle tours are restricted to closed family/same social circle groups of no more than six people. Itineraries may be subject to changes.
  • If you have any concerns, please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
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KM's Trails Managed

13000

Kg's Plastic Removed In Past Year

52

SMME's Supported

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Youth Reached

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A leading example of collective partnerships, the GO! Durban Cycle Academy is part of our Sports and Active Mobility programme and is funded by the GO! Durban public transport programme - eThekweni Transport Authority (ETA). 

Promoting a culture of running and cycling in local communities where youth are inspired by their growing sporting and academic abilities is a strategic Green Corridors goal. ETA's plans to incorporate non-motorised transport within the city’s public transport network aims to improve the physical wellbeing and health of community members near their corridors across the City, while encouraging an alternative means of transport.

“Through the Go! Durban Cycle Academy, the eThekweni Transport Authority is committed to those who share our vision and passion to change lives through cycling. Alignment with Green Corridors sees this vision brought to life as this purpose-driven organisation provides the identification, activation and management of the spaces and the routes. Linking tourism with eco-development and back to communities is a key cornerstone of this work and a critical feature of this strategic alignment”, explains eThekweni Transport Authority Thami Manyathi.

In 2016, these parallel goals were realised with the launch of the 1st GO! Durban Cycle Academy site in eNanda Adventure Park. In the 3 years since this launch notable achievements have included:

  • Academy sites at the eNanda Adventure and Bike Park, KwaMashu and KwaDabeka.
  • 300 children on bicycles every weekend across the academy sites
  • 120 children enrolled in the weekly academic support programme - a critical part of the overall programme.
  • KwaDabeka Bike Park becoming home to the first world-class Velosolutions pump track and proudly hosting the South African qualifier event for the inaugural Red Bull Pump Track World Championships in April 2018.
  • An amateur team that competes on the South Africa MTB circuit
  • The launch of the first black female MTB team in the country
  • A 50% ratio of female podium finishes at all local races.

 

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The Green Corridor sites and tourism experiences have emerged across river, ocean and land ecosystems becoming our incubators for social and environmental initiatives.

The Green Corridor Model looks to co-creation as a way to balance the needs of the environment with community prosperity and resilience.Teaching; restoring; growing; sustaining; programming; connecting; recycling and protecting are our tools for delivery. With a collective focus on youth and sport development, open space management and restoration, and eco-tourism and learning, we have generated a growing portfolio of Purpose-Projects focused on driving local sustainability, balanced habitats and community resilience.

Our multi-layered partnership approach enables connections between both the public and private sector, that help to sustain our projects and the destinations in which they are located. Our long-time partnership with eThekweni Municipality has allowed the mandates of both entities to positively influence the planning and implementation of the City’s environmental, economic and community-centric goals.

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Eco learning interventions are more than just about outings and awareness. Managing mounting pressures on open spaces and eco-systems to sustain population growth and increased recreational use; respond to climate change and ecological health, and to offer economic value, requires consistent innovation and education.

Our learning programmes focus on teaching our communities how to live off, around and with the land, helping them understand that the health of humans and nature are one.

By teaching communities about ecological care, we expose them to eco-tourism possibilities and related economies connected to their neighbourhoods and surrounds.

 

Green Corridor Projects

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We are constantly expanding our footprint and getting new project areas off the ground. From ecotourism projects to community conservation initiatives to youth development, our impact around Durban is growing by the week. Browse the map below to navigate to a particular project site, explore our trails and get a sense of the work we are involved in.

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Many of our communities find themselves living between the edges of the built environment and often-stressed natural open spaces. Rather than being community assets worth protecting, these habitats become the thorn in the community’s side, with anti-social behavior, poor environmental management and illegal activity draining socio-economic, civic, and ecological value.

The reality is that basic waste management and recycling practises are not wall to wall across our communities. The issue of caring for natural habitat and the protection and restoration of land and river environments by local communities is still being fostered.

Our eco-restoration goal is to see our land, rivers and oceans conserved, managed and sustainably used. To do this, we drive community awareness and active involvement in open space care and management with a focus on:

  • Litter removal and the installation of litter booms as an interim management approach to in-stream waste collection.
  • Clearing of invasive species and replanting of indigenous flora
  • River management, land care and restoration interventions
  • Ecological system and open space management planning

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Our Community Gardens and Pocket Parks respond to the social, economic and environmental issues that exist in our communities by developing integrated green networks for leisure, education, arts, gardening and sport.

By anchoring these spaces around easy-to-maintain gardening lots; location-appropriate sport and outdoor play facilities and youth centres, people can gather, interact, learn, play and grow all in the comfort of their relative backyard.

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Our Children’s Wilderness Park is a community-centric space that encourages youth development and community wellness while facilitating eco-tourism. Bringing together ‘wilderness’ and ‘nature play’, these parks are deliberately designed to foster exploration, encouraging children to feel the weather, experience the elements, discover creatures and respond to nature’s cues.

Installation design; choice of materials; interaction zones and areas of stimulation; environmental treatment and rehabilitation all reflect a wilderness ethos in a safe and nurturing environment.

Where many protected nature areas forbid interaction with the natural environment, our Children’s Wilderness Park is built around the notion of children leaving their mark.

Our destinations are ripe for the creation of more wilderness playgrounds please get in touch if you would like to partner in their development.

 

The Inanda Wilderness Park is an important collaboration between the eThekwini Municipality Economic Development Unit, Green Corridors, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the Inanda Seminary School and other related stakeholders as it brings together disparate partners in a novel relationship with the focus being improving life of communities through a park system. This project served as a pilot concept in order to transfer this concept to our other sites in other communities.

This new initiative focuses on the utilizing of a park to meet developmental and lifespan needs for a community across the lifespan. Although initially developed as a Wilderness Park, the needs of children within a Southern African context call upon the designers to meet development needs across multiple levels, which has resulted in a mixed used design with wilderness elements.

The aim of the Inanda Wilderness Park is to create a community park which fosters the attainment of developmental goals across the lifespan, offers opportunities for collaborative and individual growth and promotes community wellness.

Where it is situated?

Inanda is situated roughly 24KM North West of Durban within the uMhlangane River Catchment. The site is situated at the headwaters of the Gobhogobho River within an open land owned by the Inanda Seminary School.

The assigned land was appropriate as Inanda Seminary had wished to preserve their environmentally restricted natural open space to encourage educational and recreational use. Previously the land was home to criminal activities, land invasions, dumping as well as cattle grazing and cultural activities. 

City of Bremen and Durban Partnership: How was the wilderness park born?

The design of green open spaces is a recurring and central task for the climate partnership between Bremen and Durban in the context of sustainable urban and settlement development. Situated in Bremen, Germany, Kinderwildnis is a natural playground where children can experience nature. The Inanda Wilderness Park project was envisioned to be like the Kinderwildnis with an environmental emphasis.

A delegation from eThekwini Municipality visited Bremen and viewed the Kinderwildnis concept. They had then wanted to implement it in Durban. The eThekwini Municipality Economic Development Unit has been the driving support and financer of the project. Green Corridors has been operating in the uMhlangane River Catchment in the INK (Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu) area since 2013. To begin the project, Durban Green Corridors had begun alien invasive plant clearing from 2013. In 2013/4 a Bremen volunteer assisted in the initial design and landscape of the wilderness park. From 2013, stakeholder engagements had begun. The plan was to develop and plan the project in collaboration with these stakeholders, however they only wanted to be involved once the project was established. Bremen stakeholders visited South Africa to provide input into the development of the site in 2017.

Adapting to The South African Context

South African children within rural communities have access to wilderness elements but have limited access to outdoor equipment and often express fears of public natural spaces & have been shown to equate home with ‘safety’. This often results in global developmental delays. Looking at developmental norms, the needs in our country and incorporating elements of the Kinderwildnis concept, we identified the importance of adapting the project to the South African Context.

A collaboration was established with the Occupational Therapy Department from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2016. Occupational Therapy practitioners utilize human occupation as the intervention media to promote health and well-being. Occupational Therapists play an integral role in early childhood development, developmental milestones, recreational engagement and overall community wellness Outdoor play is vital to a child’s cognitive, emotional, physiological, physical and social development. The Inanda Children’s Wilderness Park was designed to include universal access including people with disabilities. The Inanda Children’s Wilderness Park is run by an Occupational Therapist and is a fieldwork clinical learning site for fourth year Occupational Therapy students from UKZN.   

Environmental Education and Conservation of the wetland plays an important role as other projects fall within the uMhlangane catchment area. Tourism is important as Inanda consists of many interesting heritage sites.  

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