Welcome to Swaziland!
Africa in One Kingdom
Enter Swaziland through the Golela/Lavumisa border post from South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal region and continue to Mkhaya Game Reserve. You will be met by a guide at 16h00 to escort you to the reception area inside the park where you will leave your vehicle and continue on a game drive to Stone Camp, spending the night in a semi-open chalet.
Continue to the middleveld where a stop at the Swazi Candle complex for some handicraft shopping and lunch at the Malandela’s complex are recommended. For a peek into the royal traditions of the land, stop off at King Sobhuza Memorial Park (located in Lobamba) before continuing to Mantenga Cultural Village for an insight into the traditional Swazi culture. Enjoy an overnight at Mantenga Lodge.
Set off to the north-western highveld to watch glass blowers create pieces of art from 100% recycled glass at Ngwenya Glass. And for the adventurous at heart, we recommend a canopy tour at Malolotja Nature Reserve for a morning of fun! You will overnight at Phophonyane Falls Eco Lodge & Nature Reserve in a traditional Beehive Hut (with modern trimmings!) The reserve is ideal for nature lovers, so bring your hiking shoes to explore some of the trails on foot!
Depart Swaziland through the Jeppes Reef border post into South Africa.
- Rates are RACK & commissionable to international inbound tour operators
- Rates are subject to change without prior notice
- Comprehensive travel insurance is recommended
- Quote is based on standard room types only
- Minimum 2 guests required
- Activities in the itinerary serve as suggestions and are not included in the quotation
- Car rental is not included in the quotation
- Please visit your local health practitioner prior to travel for the latest update on health issues and vaccines required. Swaziland is in a malaria-area
- We recommend packing comfortable walking shoes, a flashlight and a small bag for overnight clothes at Mkhaya Game Reserve. Note – Mkhaya Game Reserve Stone Camp does not have electricity
- 1 night’s accommodation at Stone Camp in Mkhaya Game Reserve. Arrival time at 16h00 (at gate), departing time at 10h00 the following day. Dinner, breakfast and 2 game drives are included in your stay
- 1 night’s accommodation at Mantenga Lodge on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis
- 1 night’s accommodation at Phophonyane Falls Eco Lodge & Nature Reserve in a Beehive Hut on a bed & breakfast basis
- All flights
- Car rental
- All activities (activities in the itinerary serve as suggestions and are not included in the quotation)
- Additional meals
- All beverages
- Visa fees
- Personal expenses
- Telephone calls
- Travel insurance
THE RATES ARE VALID FROM 01 JUNE 2017 TO 30 NOVEMBER 2017 AND ARE SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY OF ALL SERVICES AT THE TIME OF BOOKING
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland
Depart from direction Durban/Hluhluwe and cross the Golela/Lavumisa border post into Swaziland. Continue along the MR8 with a suggested lunch stop at Nisela Safari Lodge located about 40 km from the border.
Continue past Big Bend, turning right at the Mkhaya Game Reserve sign where you will park behind the small local shops, where you will be met by a Mkhaya guide/ranger at 16h00 who will accompany you into the park. Your vehicle will be left at the reception area in the park from where you will continue on a game drive to the camp. Remember to pack an overnight bag as there is limited space on the game drive vehicle. Mkhaya Game Reserve is a wildlife sanctuary known for its rhino sightings.
Arrive at the camp as the sun sets over the reserve and lanterns are lit leaving the camp looking like a kind of wilderness fairytale. This unique camp offers open-sided, thatched en-suite stone units with mosquito nets covering the beds, leaving the nature sounds of the night to transport you into sleep. The camp does not have electricity, but this just adds to the whole magnificent wilderness experience. Overnight at Mkhaya Game Reserve Stone Camp. [D]
Mkhaya Game Reserve – Ezulwini Valley, Swaziland
An early morning wake-up with coffee is sure to set you off on your way with your morning game drive during which your game ranger will explain more about the vegetation, bird- and wildlife in the reserve. Enjoy breakfast back at the camp before being escorted to the main reception area for an approximate 10h00 departure.
Continue towards Manzini and on to the Malkerns Valley for a chance to buy some Swazi handcraft at the Swazi Candles complex. Watch candle-makers shape and colour their candle creations. Batik creations, woven mohair garments and other handcrafted items can also be found in the complex.
For a lunch option we recommend stopping at the Malandela’s complex, only 10 minutes’ drive away. House on Fire is a performance venue (home to the famous yearly Bush Fire music festival) with a relaxed restaurant where a variety of delicious lunch items can be found, as well as more Swaziland souvenir shops. If you would like to purchase any locally woven basket and tableware products, we recommend popping in at Gone Rural to be blown away by the contemporary designed products.
King Sobhuza Memorial Park (located in Lobamba) serves as a tribute to the nation’s much-loved King Sobhuza who led Swaziland to independence in 1968. It is an interesting and informative stop for a peek into the royal traditions of Swaziland.
For some insight into the Swazi culture, we recommend stopping at the Mantenga Cultural village in the Ezulwini Valley. Each afternoon at about 15h15/15h30 (best to confirm the time beforehand), join in to view their cultural performance which will get you off your seat with a happy beat.
Continue to your overnight spot – Mantenga Lodge – located in a natural setting overlooking the renowned “Execution Rock”. Enjoy a hearty meal and cuddle up after a full day of exploring. Overnight at Mantenga Lodge. [BD]
Ezulwini Valley – Phophonyane Falls, Swaziland
Today your journey will take you to the north-western region of Swaziland. For a chance to view glass blowing and magnificent glass pieces made out of 100% recycled glass, we suggest stopping at Ngwenya Glass near the Ngwenya border post. And for the more adventurous at heart looking for an adrenalin high, we recommend gliding through the forest canopy within the Malolotja Nature Reserve on a canopy tour with spectacular views.
Continue to Phophonyane Falls Eco Lodge & Nature Reserve where you’ll spend a night in a traditional Swazi Beehive Hut (with modern trimmings, of course!) complete with windows and an en-suite bathroom. Located on a 600 hectare private nature reserve, there is an array of hiking trails with views over the Phophonyane Falls to tickle your fancy, so pack your walking shoes and explore! Overnight at Phophonyane Falls Eco Lodge & Nature Reserve. [B]
Phophonyane Falls, Swaziland – Mpumalanga, South Africa
After breakfast, set off on your next adventure in South Africa. We suggest departing through the Jeppes Reef border post and continuing with a wildlife experience in the Kruger National Park or Sabi Sand Game Reserve. [B]