With its long, winding path, and steep, steep, winding paths, hiaweatha national park in South Africa’s north-west is a natural habitat for birds and wildlife.
But the park, located about 100 kilometres (62 miles) from Johannesburg, has been a prime target for the development of timber and energy projects.
The park’s population of 6,600 has been on the decline over the last 20 years, due to logging, mining and development of farmland.
With logging, logging, and development on the rise, there’s been an abundance of habitat lost for wildlife and native species.
It’s also the scene of a massive fire in 2016 that has burned nearly 2,000 hectares (6,300 acres) of forest and has created massive damage to the forest.
“The forest was in good shape but now it’s in a very different state,” says Luthia Ntuleni, an environmentalist and former head of the forest service, during a tour of the park.
There are no plans to rebuild the park in the coming years, Ntuneni says, because it is too far away.
Forest fires are not uncommon in the park’s hiawnas, a large family of birds, and they can have devastating effects on wildlife.
In December 2016, the fires devastated the park and killed more than 1,000 animals and 1,600 people.
Ntunweni says the parks department has been working to restore the park but is struggling to keep up with the demands of the demand.
She says the park was the first one she saw when she was a child.
As a child, she would spend hours walking through the forest, looking for wild animals.
At the time, she says, “I didn’t realise that there are people who have lived here all their lives”.
But the damage to this beautiful part of the world was still there for all to see, she said.
Even today, Ngosi’s heart aches over what she’s lost.
We need to protect the forests and make sure that they’re not going to burn down in the future,” she says.
According to the South African government, there are more than 60 national parks in South America, including hiawi, which are considered among the most protected.
“We are all in this together. “
We need more infrastructure, not less, to make sure we are able to maintain and protect these ecosystems,” Ntulueni said.
“We are all in this together.
This is not just a loss for South Africa, but also a loss in the world.”
The National Park Service says it will be a decade before the park recovers fully, but says that it will work with the country to establish a framework to protect hiawaas habitats.
It says the national park is a critical area for South African people to enjoy the natural environment and the opportunity to live in harmony with nature.
Follow @BBCNewsMagazine on Twitter and on Facebook