A cafe in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province has been dubbed “the rainforest cafe”.
But this is not the first cafe to use the word “rainforest” in its name.
The Kwa Zulu-Naas KwaZA cafe is owned by a group of farmers from the Kwa-Zulu region, who are working to preserve the forest.
“The name ‘KwaZulus’ means ‘forest’ in English,” said owner Bonganwa Mokwane.
“And so we have a lot of people in this area who have been doing forestry for a long time.
And so the word ‘forest cafe’ comes from the way we live in the forest.”
The name Kwa, the Zulu word for rainforest, comes from an old African proverb.
The KZZN cafe is in the heart of KwaNatal, a region in South-East Africa.
“It is a place for us to gather, to chat, to meet other farmers, to get to know each other, so we can work together,” said Ms Mokwa.
The cafe is run by the KZN Farmers Association, who were among the first to create the Kza-Zu Cafe in 2002.
They say they are proud to be involved in this tradition.
“This is a celebration of what the forest has done for us,” said KZWSA’s executive director, Moseben Nde.
“We are really proud of what we have done.
We are really grateful to the people of KzaZuluNatal for their hospitality and support.”
The Kza ZuluNabu cafe, which is also in the KZAZulu Natal region, is also a part of the KDAZ-Zul cafe chain, which has more than 150 cafes across South Africa.
The group says it wants to work together with local farmers to save the forest for future generations.
“For us, it is really important to have a conversation with our farmers, because they have been providing us with our food for many, many years,” said Mr Nde, who works for the KWAZ Farmers Association.
“So we really want to keep doing that, to keep the trees growing and to preserve their environment for future people.”
There are a lot more places to eat in this region than just in Kwa.