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discover four different geographies and countless ways
to experience them.
Top Swaziland Activities for every travel desire
Hiking: Swaziland is one of the most beautiful
destinations in Africa, and its diverse landscape is
best viewed from the top. Hit one of the country’s
renowned hiking trails to get a birds-eye view of
the country – from its verdant hills and
savannahs and its mountain ranges and bustling
White water rafting: White water rafting is one of
the leading Swaziland Activities on offer, and
you’re invited to take to the rapids to experience
it for yourself. You don’t need any experience – in
fact, you don’t even need to be a swimmer – but you
will get wet! For any traveller seeking a true Swazi
adventure experience, white water rafting on the
Great Usutu River is not to be missed.
Horse-riding: Many Swaziland attractions have been
designed to take full advantage of the country’s
breathtaking beauty, and horse-riding in Swaziland
is no exception. Via horseback is the ideal way to
experience the peace and tranquillity of the
country, as well as the lush beauty that defines the
Mountain climbing: From the slopes and mountain tops
of Swaziland’s sweeping ranges, you’ll experience
the panoramic views for which the country is famed.
From this vantage point, take in the rural villages,
diverse vegetation and rustic charm of the kingdom.
Superb walking and hiking trails are to be found in
the Malolotia Nature Reserve, situated in the Swazi
highlands. Browse Swaziland Hiking sites.
Safaris and Game Parks: In Swaziland, there’s a
notable concentration of Big Five animals, which are
best viewed in the region’s game parks and reserves.
Some of the most popular wildlife reserves are the
Mkhaya Game Reserve, Hlane Royal National Park,
Malolotia Nature Reserve and the Mlilwane Wildlife
Sanctuary. These parks enable visitors to explore
indigenous fauna and flora at close range, providing
fantastic viewing and photographic
opportunities. Browse Swaziland Safaris and Game
Bird-watching: One of the premier
Swaziland attractions is bird-watching, as the
country is known for its vast assortment of
feathered species. More than 500 species have been
identified in the small country, making it a
paradise for bird-watching enthusiasts. The Hlane
Royal National Reserve is home to Africa’s largest
concentration of whitebacked vultures, while the
Mlawula Nature Reserve and Mbuluzi Game Reserve
feature 350 and 400 bird-types respectively.Browse bird watching
sites here .
Eating out: A variety of restaurants and foods are
available in Swaziland, and fare caters for every
taste. From delicious local fare to more common
Is the most popular activity in Swaziland.Excitement
on the Great Usuthu River ( the largest river
flowing through Swaziland) is a definite " must-do"
activity in Swaziland. 2-man inflatable croc-crafts
are safely guided down the river. This challenge is
suitable for absolute beginners as well as seasoned
adventurers. During the low season a combination of
abseiling, kloof jumping and rafting keeps
adrenaline on a high. A picnic style lunch and
refreshments are enjoyed on the side of the river.
Half or full day options available. Contact Swazi
Trails for bookings on: (+268) 24162180 or after
hours on: (+268) 7602061. on email: email@example.com
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Swazi Trails - online booking: http://www.swazi.travel
The Incwala, or first fruits ceremony, in which the
King plays a dominant role, is the most sacred of
all the Swazi rituals. It is held in December or
January on a date chosen by astrologers in
conjunction with the phases of the moon and sun.
The ritual begins with a journey by the “Bemanti”
(people of the water) to the Indian Ocean to collect
water and on their return to the royal kraal, the
little Incwala begins, on the new moon.
At the full moon, youths from all parts of the
kingdom travel to collect the sacred branches of the
“lusekwane” shrub, a species of acacia. On the third
day a bull is ritually slaughtered by the youths,
instilling solidarity among them and a spirit of valour.
The fourth day is the culmination of the Incwala
when the King, in full ceremonial dress, joins his
warriors in the traditional dance. He then enters a
special sanctuary and after further rituals, eats
the first fruits of the season. On the appearance of
the King to his people, they may also eat these
fruits with the blessing of the ancestors.Certain
parts of the Incwala may not be witnessed by outside
people and it is vital to have a permit to take
photographs within the proximity of the royal cattle
The Umhlanga (or Reed Dance) takes place in late
August or early September each year. It is a dance
which attracts young maidens from every area of the
Kingdom and provides the occasion for them to honour
and pay homage to the Queen Mother (iNdlovukazi).
Most of the participants are teenagers, although
some of the girls are younger. Over 20 000 maidens
gather reeds from selected areas which they present
to the King and the Queen Mother.
Tourism news from Africa¹s all-in-one culture, scenery and wildlife destinationŠ
Reilly's & Mkhaya Regional Finalists for Big Game Parks in AA Quality Assured Accommodation Awards
Big Game Parks has just been advised that both Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary AND Mkhaya Game Reserve are Regional Finalists in the prestigious AA Quality Assured Accommodation Awards. Regional Winners will be announced at the end of July. 'Like' BigGame Parks¹ Facebook Page or Visit their Blog to stay tuned!
Mkhaya certainly seems to be hitting all the right notes recently, as it¹s also received the following excellent feedback from these discerning visitors:
'Mkhaya Game Reserve offers one of the most unique lodges on the continent...The game drive I did became a National Geographic experience', Michael Holthuysen, Presenter of Awesome Africa
'Mkhaya boasts that you're more likely to meet rhino here than anywhere else in Africa, and, judging by our experience, this is true', Kate Armstrong, Lonely Planet Author
'The birding at Mkhaya was exceptional. The best sightings of the numerous Narina Trogons were right in Stone Camp', John Davies, Lawson's Birding Wildlife & Custom Safaris
Rave Reviews of Big Game Parks in Wild Magazine
Thoroughly enjoying his experience at all three parks, author Stephen Cunliffe particularly enjoyed Mkhaya, remarking 'A rhino walk at Mkhaya stands on a par with a mountain gorilla encounter in Central Africa' and 'Seated under a gigantic sausage tree in the very heart of Mkhaya, listening to the distant whoop of a hyena, I had to agree that the Big Game Parks of Swaziland are thoroughly deserving of their designation as top ecotourism destinations'.
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PRESS RELEASE 27/3/2012
His Majesty King Mswati III and Her Majesty
Indlovukazi provided their Royal approval for the
opening of the Magadzavane Tourism Complex in Mlawula
this week along with members of the Swaziland
National Trust Commission board.
Newly-appointed Tourism Minister Mduduzi ‘Small Joe’
Dlamini helped the King to present a gift to
Taiwanese Ambassador, Peter Tsai. Representatives of
the different companies which were involved in
the construction of the complex also got an
opportunity to pose with Their Majesties.
Nestled within Mlawula Nature Reserve, Magadzavane
is situated 16km from Siteki, near the Goba/Mhlumeni
border, offering spectacular views and tranquil,
The resort comprises forty en-suite units,
restaurant, bar, conference centre and swimming pool
with a breathtaking views over the Lubombo mountains.
It is also an ideal stop-over point for visitors
travelling to and from Mozambique. Activities within
Mlawula Nature Reserve can be enjoyed by visitors
staying at the lodge, which include game viewing
including sightings of elephants, buffalo, hippo and
cheetah as well as more elusive leopard, pangolin
and honey badgers.
Guests can also enjoy hiking trails, picnics,
mountain biking, bird watching and fishing, there is
also a spacious main camp for tents and caravans.
The reserve lies within the transitional zone
between Swaziland’s two bio geographic regions, the
dry thorn savannas of the west, and the lush coastal
thickets of the east. The reserve consists of three
distinct ecological zones, the Ndzindza plateau, the
Siphiso Valley and the rhyolite ridges of the
Although small, the reserve is contiguous with other
protected areas (Mbuluzi and Simunye Nature
Reserves, Hlane Wildlife Sanctuary), and other areas
of natural vegetation (north bank of the Mbuluzi
River, Mhlumeni area, adjacent area in Mozambique).
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