|20 June 2017
An African Safari in Swaziland
Swaziland, one of the last absolute monarchies in the world, is one of the smallest countries in Africa and has a well-earned reputation for friendliness in Southern Africa. It is also home to several large safaris, which are popular tourist destinations.
Swaziland provides a wide variety of safari options designed to fill your days with phenomenal encounters with some of Africa’s renowned species, perfectly suited for guests who long for remarkable nature experiences.
Big Game Safari
Enjoy long quiet walks through the bush as your senses are heightened and the slow pace allows for interpretation of the signs of the wild, making the experience truly memorable. The guided game walks are conducted outside the endangered species area, along roads and game paths, or simply through the bush. Your preference of either a game walk or a birding walk will dictate the area chosen for the walk.
Endangered Species Safari
Visitors looking to admire some of the more vulnerable and rare species to Swaziland, should consider taking a trip to the endangered species safari. Mlilwane Hill has been developed as a locally rare and endangered species propagation centre, offering incredible opportunities to learn more about these animals. In addition, Mkhaya Game Reserve is Swaziland’s refuge for endangered species, focusing on lowveld species which tend to be larger. The combination of both Mlilwane Hill and Mkhaya Game Reserve provides a wide variety of knowledge and sightings.
Swaziland’s vast bird habitat makes for a long and interesting list. With easily accessible wetland areas alongside woodland, visitors are likely to encounter up to 9 kingfisher species, watch the aerobatics of at least 3 bee-eater species, and enjoy the grassland species. Climb the mountain for chats and kestrels, watch the ravine forests for the colourful robins and brubrus. The lowveld woodlands and riverine forests reveal the beautiful touraco, trogans, larger birds of prey… and so much more!
Spend a few nights at Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge surrounded by the alluring views of Mlilwane Hill with its rich birdlife, giant cycads and ‘young’ baobab trees. Mlilwane’s Rest Camp has awe-inspiring trees that were planted from seed in the 1960’s, with the purpose of educating and providing Swaziland with a botanical reference. The Rest Camp Botanical Trail is a short but enlightening stroll identifying as many as 70 tree and plant species.
The Kingdom of Swaziland definitely delivers one of the best African Safari experiences and visitors will leave wanting so much more!