African safari in Swaziland - up close and personal...

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
252Mlilwane is Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area, a beautiful, secluded sanctuary situated in Swaziland’s “Valley of Heaven”, the Ezulwini Valley, with the huge Usutu Forest providing a dramatic backdrop stretching into the distant hills. Nyonyane mountain looms over the sanctuary and a trip to Mlilwane wouldn’t be complete without an evening game drive to the top to watch the sunset and enjoy a sundowner looking out over the magnificent view.

Mlilwane is home to an abundance of bird life, animal species such as hippo, crocodile, zebra, blue wildebeest, kudu, nyala, impala, warthog, waterbuck and a host of antelope.   There are game drives on offer along with cycling and horseback safaris.  You can even go for a daytime walk amongst the wildlife at Mlilwane although it’s recommended to stay away from the waters edge!

If you are in the mood for some relaxation then simply sit outside your beehive hut and wait for the wildlife to come to you.  Grazing antelope, zebra and warthog are a common site in and around the camp.  Alternatively walk up to the restaurant and enjoy a drink looking out over the waterhole.  Hippo are often spotted here along with a vast array of birdlife.

Hlane Royal National Park
shsk 2012 370 (2)Hlane lies in the vast bushveld expanse of eastern Swaziland, is the kingdom’s largest protected area and encompasses it’s largest herds of game. Home to lion, rhino, elephant, giraffe, hippo and an array of other species, Hlane is also blessed with an abundance of bird life including the highest density of white backed vultures in Africa.

Our game drives are in open landrovers lead by local experts and you may well get the chance walk safely amongst the rhino.  An amazing experience.  There is time to fit two game drives each day at Hlane giving you every opportunity to see the array of wildlife on offer.  Early mornings are the best time to spot the lions and an hour in the evenings should be reserved for watching the elephants and rhino coming down to drink at the waterhole a few paces from your rondavel.

Dine out under the African stars and listen to the sounds of the bush and the distant rumble of the lions.  Magical!

Nkonyeni Golf Estate
Nkonyeni golf course weaves in and out of it’s own game reserve where nyala, waterbuck, impala, zebra and kudu are often spotted.  Either take part in an official game drive or do your own game drive with your clubs and a buggy.   Just remember that the wildlife has right of way!

Mkhaya Game Reserve
swazi 244 - CopyThe recent recipient of the AA’s ‘Travellers Value Award for Top-End Leisure Travellers’, award-winning ‘Mkhaya’, named after the Acacia nigrescens tree found in the reserve, is home to 4 of the Big 5 including black rhino. You can also spot the pure swazi nguni breed of cattle, tsessebe, white rhino, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodiles and exquisite birdlife including the elusive narina trogon to name just a few of the wildlife highlights.

The game drives start when you arrive with an hour drive through this magnificent unspoilt wilderness to stone camp.  Game drives are run throughout your stay and are in open top vehicles and guided by local experts.  The guides also provide bush walks offering a fascinating insight into the local ecosystem.  Every plant and tree appears to have it’s own function in maintaining the equilibrium.

After a day out in the hot African bush, return to the cool canopied riverine camp and enjoy an ice cold drink under the enormous sausage tree at the centre.  Wildlife roams in and out of the camp and a short walk across a brook takes you to the hide where birdlife and game can be viewed from two levels.

The whole camp is lit up by candles and lamps in the evening creating a stunning backdrop to the sounds of the bush.  The perfect way to enjoy some authentic African cuisine and local dancing.  This is Swaziland safaris at their very best!

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