Incazelo yomlando wemvelo wempilo yehlathi Intimbankulu elisemkhadlwini was-Ogwini : kuphonswa inselele emasikweni esiZulu nakwezokungcebeleka = An exploration of the natural and socio-cultural history of Ntimbankulu Forest in the Ugu region : a contribution to Zulu culture and rural eco-tourism.
Cele-Khuboni, Gloria Nondumiso.
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The study investigates ecotourism potential at Ntimbankulu forest, a remote area which is found at Ugu District Municipality. The essential elements of true ecotourism according to Ceballos-Lascurain, Drake, Boo, Brandon, are: " the participation and involvement of the local communities and residents in close proximity to the site". It is for this reason that the researcher adopted the stakeholder theory which involves local community, NGO and the Government. The main aim of the research is: to improve the standard of living of people near Ntimbankulu forest, (b) to conserve and preserve the natural resources of the forest, (c) to promote and sustain development in the area,( d) to make local community realize the need to protect their natural heritage site which is a huge "rock ship" with a lion crest on one of its side, that is found in the deepest part of the jungle. Lastly, to make the local people benefit from the natural resources found in this Forest. The study also looks at the history and culture of the area. It is hoped that the development of Ntimbankulu Forest will bring many benefits to the local community involving better education, job opportunities, and environmental awareness.