By day we walk on ancient paths forged by elephant and rhinos, by night we sleep under the stars. As we step into the wild, we escape our daily routines and stress; our senses come alive to the wind in our hair, to the soft calls of the Scops owl or the whooping of hyena. As we touch the heart of nature and connect with other creatures who share our world, these sacred pathways lead us on spiritual journeys of deep introspection and dialogue with our souls.
We undertake all our journeys with deep respect for the earth, for plant and animal life, and local people.
These experiences may be tailored for particular needs, such as rites of passage for life stages; grieving; reconciliation; team building; stress release or post traumatic debriefing. Sicelo also teams with eco-therapists to cater for special needs.
All trails are manageable for healthy fit adults between 16 and 69 years.
"Sicelo Mbatha's way of introducing wilderness was beyond anything
I experienced before in its depth, knowledge, wisdom and heart ...
My recordings of his words on trail have been featured on
several German radio stations"
- Geseko von Lüpke - Author and researcher in indigenous wisdom
This seven day journey takes us into the depths of the Imfolozi Wilderness Area. The Hluhluwe/Imfolozi reserve is renowned for its efforts to save the white Rhinos from extinction. The 99 000 hectare reserve supports the ‘big five’ and a huge variety of fauna and flora. We share wild spaces with a thriving community of wild animals, from elephants to dung beetles, as we reawaken the wild animal within us.
In the mountains we undertake a deep five day wilderness Journey called Soul Medicine. We hike on the slopes of the towering escarpment, explore wind sculpted rock formations, and sleep in caves.We gaze with reverence at the mystical rock paintings of the San people, the first nation of Southern Africa, and walk in harmony with their spirits.
Isimangaliso Wetland Park
The word Isimangaliso means miracle in Zulu. This magnificent Wetland Park is South Africa’s largest protected area. We offer a five day wilderness walking tour along hippopotamus paths, listening to the calls of the African Fish Eagles. The landscape flowing with abundant water helps us clear mental blockages and emotional frustration in our lives
15 Day Sacred Journey
Imfolozi ,St Lucia and Drakensberg
We can also combine all sacred journeys into an intense 15 day deep wilderness experience. This is suitable for any nature lovers who would like to spend more time in nature and experience different wilderness landscapes in KwazuluNatal.
Any of these journeys may be tailored to offer you a meaningful opportunity to connect with local communities. You may choose to sponsor community members to accompany us on trail. Or you may choose to contribute to local communities through local village stays and helping with a project such as creating a vegetable garden, painting a pre-school or clinic.