The parks and nature reserves in Swaziland are also home to an impressive selection of animals. Visitors will be able to see bird species that are intriguing, several species of grazers, reptiles and the Big Five. Why is Swaziland distinct from safari park destinations is the chance for much more intimate wildlife adventures and freedom to explore the beautiful parks.
Hlane Royal National Park
Swaziland is a rather small country in Africa, bordering Mozambique, a location where there is no room for mass tourism. Therefore, don’t expect to meet convoys of vehicles that are safari. You will be able to share in private safaris to detect the black and white rhino, lions, giraffes, zebras and wildebeest.
Mkhaya Game Reserve
Mbuluzi Wildlife Reserve
There are quite a few safe park bookings where you don’t require a guide and you are free to learn more about the bush in your leisure. There are etiquette suggestions to remember Should you decide to a guided tour.
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
To learn more about what you can do in Swaziland, see our article: Top Ten Things to See and Do in Swaziland.
Swaziland is currently also home to approximately 132 species of mammals, but those everybody would like to watch are hippos, giraffes, rhinos and elephants. Swaziland is mostly renowned for its rhino safaris, which provide visitors the opportunity to learn about those amazing (and very endangered) animals. Unlike South Africa, Swaziland has control over their rhino. Listed below are the parks and reserves where you can experience the wildlife in Swaziland:
Those who want to see the Big Five, notably the mighty lion is home to the largest herds of game and chiefly visit hlane. It covers a area of 22,000 hectares.
Safaris at Hlane give visitors the opportunity to see leopard, elephant, rhino and lion, along with hippos, giraffes, crocodiles and several amazing bird species. Hlane Royal National Park includes Ndlovu Camp, situated close to the main entrance of the park two remainder camps, and Bhubesi Camp, situated in a area, 14 km from Ndlovu. We stayed in Ndlovu Camp for a night, which had excellent views of a watering hole where guests can see rhino.
Activities include tours, rhino or lion tours, guided mountain bike rides, seeing with the Chief’s Village followed by Swazi manuals or birding walks.
The Mkhaya Game Reserve is considered one of the greatest parks for game in Swaziland. It’s home to numerous endangered species. Here is the place to visit if you want to place black and white rhinos, elephants, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, crocodiles, the Swazi Nguni breed of cattle and tsessebe (cousin of the wildebeest).
In Mkhaya you will get to enjoy everything from Land Rover game drives. Lodging is provided by the park at Stone Camp, which includes elegant double, twin, triple and family room.
You should book your entry beforehand to the park. Guests are met in the pick-up stage at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., depending on their bundle itinerary.
This game reserve is famous as being home to an impressive number of grazing animals. It borders Mlawula Nature Reserve, that the Lubombo Mountains and Hlane Royal Park and covers an area of 3,000 hectares. As there aren’t any predatory animals here visitors love the possibility of walking, driving or cycling freely.
Mbuluzi Wildlife Reserve boasts healthy populations of nyala, wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, impala and kudu. This reserve, Mbuluzi and Mlawula’s 2 rivers, are also home to hippos and crocodiles, but also to many different fish such as yellowfish bream and barbel. Mkhaya is a wonderful location for bird watching.
The reserve is divided into the northern industry, where you could get a mountain and canyon views, the Mbuluzi River, and the business, that houses the lodges of the reserve and the game people. Our preferred nearby attraction is that the Shewula Mountain Village experience. The village has sweeping views of the Mbuluzi Wildlife Reserve below, plus guests may enjoy traditional Swazi dances, meals, and cultural conflicts.
The Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is situated from the Swaziland’s Ezulwini Valley, also known as the”Valley of Heavens”, between Mbabane and Manzini.
It’s a conservation area home to 22 species that is endangered, for the country.
This distinct subway park extends across a 4,560 hectares and it’s divided into southern and northern segments. Mlilwane has four lodges, three of which can be very budget friendly.
By planning a safari visit to 6, you will be given the opportunity to admire the beautiful character of southern Africa. Walking safaris, game drives, horseback riding, and mountain biking are one of these visiting the country’s preferred actions.
Special thanks to the Swaziland Tourism Board.
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