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Honeymoon in Swaziland

The Kingdom of Swaziland, home to the Big Five animals and incredible beauty.

Swaziland is a land-locked country, bordered by Mozambique in the east and South Africa on the other sides. The Swazi landscape boasts a variety of habitats and many types of flora and fauna.

Attractions in Swaziland - Game Viewing

Swaziland's game and nature reserves are highly recommended for Big Five game viewing. Visitors have access to game viewing vehicles, and are free to roam the area on well marked guided or self guided trails.

Hlane Royal National Park

Animals MlilwaneIn the vast bushveld expanse of Eastern Swaziland where the hot, still sun of Africa beats on the dry but life-giving soils as it has for thousands of years, and the rumbling roars of the lions are heard in the cool dusky evenings, lies Swaziland's largest protected area, Hlane Royal National Park. The park is home to four of the big five; the lion, elephant, rhino and leopard. Other animals include hippo, giraffe, crocodile, blue wildebeest and many more. Game viewing is done on open land rover and vw syncro minibus and self-guide tours are available.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Mlilwane, Swaziland's pioneer conservation area is a beautiful secluded sanctuary situated in Swaziland's “valley of heaven”, the ezulwini valley. The sanctuary's grasslands stretch up onto the striking nyonyane mountain with its granite peak known as the “rock of execution” where the ancient san once lived. Game viewing of giraffe, hippo, crocodile, zebra, impala, etc can be done on open land rover, horse back or self-guided tours. Location: Ezulwini

Mkhaya Game Reserve

In the Southeast of Swaziland, in the heart of the lowveld lies an unspoilt wilderness, haven to endangered species who roam the magnificent africa bush. Unique intimate encounters with Mkhaya's wildlife are almost guaranteed and the tranquil riverine forest at stone camp provides a comfortable real bush experience. Mkhaya currently supports four of the big five, with leopard, buffalo, and black and white rhino. Giraffe, hippo, crocodile, roan and sable antelope are some of the animals found. Visitors meet Mkhaya land rover at Phuzumoya and are thereafter taken to the ranger's house where your vehicle is left whilst you embark on your journey through Mkhaya. Location: Phuzumoya

Nisela Safaris

Animals HlaneNisela Safaris offers an encounter with unspoilt africa with compromising comfort, ensuring a memorable visit to the Kingdom of Swaziland. Numerous species of wild game, including lion, giraffe and zebra ensure an unforgettable experience. Day and overnight tours are offered on open land rover and for those who prefer self-guided walks our trails, photographic safaris, canoe and angling safaris are sure to entice you outdoor enthusiast.

Mbuluzi Game Reserve

Mbuluzi lies in the foothills of the Lubombo mountains and is part of 60,000 ha conservancy that includes Mlawula Nature Reserve and Hlane Royal National Park. Close to Mozambique, and South Africa, it is easily accessible by car. For exploring the reserve, vehicles with a high clearance are recommended due to the nature of the terrain. Open backed 4x4 vehicles are available for hire by guests. This beautiful reserve, the habitat of over 300 species of birds, including some rare and uncommon species, and much varied game, is a unique wilderness area. The varied plant life and magnificent indigenous trees make it a fascinating place to visit. There is a good network of sand roads making it ideal for mountain biking and joggers.

What better way to get really close to nature! Location: Simunye

Swaziland Activities

Swaziland Activities appeal to every type of traveller – from avid adventurers and safari addicts to travellers in search of an authentic African getaway. Below, you’ll find a description of some of the top Swaziland Activities on offer in this picturesque country.

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 villages.

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 land.

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.

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.

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.

More about Swaziland

The Swazis are a Bantu-speaking people who are predominantly Nguni in language and culture. They originate from east central Africa. As part of the Nguni expansion southwards, the Swazis crossed the Limpopo River and settled in southern Tongaland (today called Mozambique) in the late fifteenth century. Their leader was Dlamini, a man of Nguni background. After 200 years the Swazi people, still under a series of chiefs of the Dlamini clan moved into the region on the Pongola River, where they lived in close proximity to the Ndwandwe people. Later on, economic pressures of land shortage finally brought these two groups to blows, after which battle the Swazis retreated to the central area of modern Swaziland. Here the Swazis continued the process of expansion by conquering numerous small Sotho and Nguni speaking tribes to build up a large composite state today called Swaziland.

Quad Biking In Swaziland

Geography and climate

It has a subtropical climate, with average summer temperatures of 15–25 degrees Celsius, and average winter temperatures of 15-19 degrees Celsius. Rainfall at higher altitudes varies from 1,000 to 1,600mm annually, while in the lower areas, it averages 500 to 600mm annually. The country’s highest point is Emlembe at 1,862m, and the lowest is the Great Usuthu River at 21m.

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 western offerings.

Gambling

Swaziland allows gambling, online poker rooms and internet casinos too.

Source: www.welcometoswaziland.com

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