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My Memoir and reflection, co-authored with Bridget Pitt, has been published by Jonathan Ball Publishers. Available through all major retailers. Read more...



My name is Sicelo Mbatha; my wilderness name is Black Lion. I am a spiritual nature guide, working through my organisation Umkhiwane Sacred Pathways.  Nature has always been my spiritual home, my medicine and my teacher.


I have dedicated my life to fostering deep connections between humans and nature. I believe that this medicine is needed to heal the world from the wounds of  environmental destruction and social injustice.

I invite you to walk with me on healing paths through some of the most spectacular wild areas in South Africa, such as the Imfolozi Wilderness, the Simangaliso Wetland wonder world, the towering Drakensberg mountains. Each offer a unique landscape to connect with nature, and with your soul, to reflect on your life's journey as you journey through wild spaces.

I invite you to connect with the indigenous wisdom of my people, and with our local communities, and find your soul through the spirit of our collective humanness, or ubuntu.

I am the black lion who helps people discover the wild animal within.
I am the black lion who roars for peace and harmony on the great mother earth.
I am the black lion, alive in the wilderness.


Upcoming Journeys

  • iMfolozi Wilderness Trail

1 to 5 September. 4 spaces left. Find out more


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