Shawswood is a unique environmental education centre situated 23 kms from Howick



Shawswood offers school and youth groups an ideal outdoor hands-on experience in relating to the natural environment and its conservation. The Education Centre is situated against the backdrop of Mount Gilboa's mistbelt forest and the students are housed in bunkbed dorms that were, in years gone by, stables for the polo-playing Shaw family's horses.

Our programme usually consists of a guided hike/s through neighbouring plantations and our indigenous forest to the bottom and/or top of our waterfall, Grey Mare's Tail, and can include studies of the surrounding water, flora & fauna.

Both our orienteering and obstacle courses are good team building and leadership exercises.

 Shawswood understands the importance of Environmental education in South Africa and supports the IUCN’s environmental education definition

‘Environmental Education is defined as: The process of recognising values and clarifying concepts in order to develop skills and attitudes necessary to understand and appreciate the inter-relatedness among man, his culture and his bio-physical surroundings. Environmental education also entails practice in self-formulation of a code of behaviour about issues concerning environmental quality.’

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