The Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland)
Adjacent to the southern edge of the Kruger National Park and separated only by a short strip of land is the small African independent Kingdom of Swaziland now renamed “eSwatini” by its King Mswati III. Here a more traditional way of life is still evident. It is one of the world’s last remaining (and also one of the world’s smallest) constitutional monarchies ruled over by the King.. Here, in this country of friendly Swazi people, it is almost as if time has stood still. Despite modern cities and an extensive infrastructure of roads electricity and communications, the Swazi culture has over centuries been jealously protected. It is a picturesque and scenic little country and well worth a visit to extend your experience of southern Africa.
It's best if you take two nights here in the very relaxed atmosphere of the Mlilwane Game reserve but a one-night trip and even a day trip can also be done.
This trip is priced from Kruger area back to Kruger area, but if combined with one of our Kruger Park safaris return to Johannesburg might already be included.
2020: ZAR5,070.00 per person sharing, ZAR8,500.00 for a solo traveller, and ZAR2,040.00 for a child sharing with one or two adults.
2021: ZAR5,370.00 per person sharing, ZAR9,010.00 for a solo traveller, and ZAR2,170.00 for a child sharing with two adults
1 Night Package
2020: ZAR8,950.00 per person sharing, ZAR15,300.00 for a solo traveller, and ZAR3,790.00 for a child sharing with two adults
2021: ZAR9,490.00 per person sharing, ZAR16,220.00 for a solo traveller, and ZAR4,010.00 for a child sharing with two adults
2 Night Package
2020: ZAR14,300.00 per person sharing, ZAR26,320.00 for a solo traveller, and ZAR6,070.00 for a child sharing with two adults
2021: ZAR15,160.00 per person sharing, ZAR27,900.00 for a solo traveller, and ZAR6,430.00 for a child sharing with two adults
Itinerary for This Tour
Depart from your lodge in or near the Kruger after your morning game drive. Enter Eswatini (Swaziland) via the “Geo Route” from Barberton through Bulembu Border post or if time does not allow via the closer border crossing of Jeppe’s Reef.
The Bulembu Route follows the Geo Trail or route through the world’s oldest mountains, the Greenstone Belt Mountains over 3 billion years old. The rocks in these mountains also contain the earliest traces of primitive life on earth. Plaques in lay byes along the route explain the ancient events creating these mountains and the early geological history of our planet. There are amazing views all along the route.
After entering Eswatini (Swaziland) and arriving at the forestry town of Piggs Peak we will journey to the centre of this little country and to stay at Mlilwane Game Reserve. On the way, we will descend into a deep valley and cross the impressive Maguga Dam.
Your stay here will be in the beehive-shaped thatched Swazi huts which are fully equipped with attached ensuite private bathrooms but still have the wonderful atmosphere of staying in a traditional Swazi dwelling. If you are allergic to thatch then there are standard roofed chalets available.
The reserve does not have any large predator mammals and so a range of activities are possible here. Mountain biking around the reserve and hiking is safe. There are crocodiles and hippos in the large dam but they do not pose a threat.
Meals are on a beautiful dining deck overlooking the dam.
There is usually local entertainment around the campfire after dinner. You will be accompanied around the campfire on cooler nights by the local warthogs who love the warmth of the fire on their round tummies!
Overnight Mlilwane Game Reserve, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
After a morning activity at Mlilwane (Mountain biking, horseriding, hike in the reserve) and breakfast we shall set out to explore the surrounding areas of Eswatini. Our first stop will be at Mantenga Falls Cultural Village. Here we shall have traditional Swazi life explained to us and how life is lived in the village. We shall then witness one of the best tribal dancing and singing displays available in Southern Africa. We will take a short hike to the waterfall through the indigenous forest surrounding the river.
Later we will visit some local craft industries such as Ngwenya Glass (handblown glass artifacts) and the Candle Factory and craft village and have light lunch somewhere along the way.
Then back to Mlilwane for dinner by the dam.
Overnight Mlilwane Game Reserve, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
After some other optional activity at Mlilwane and breakfast this morning we shall return via a different route to Kruger area. This will depend on your itinerary after today. We can also return you to Johannesburg Airport (OR Tambo Airport - JNB) or your Johannesburg/Pretoria based hotel, but as this distance is much greater, please enquire about extra cost if any, when adding this to Kruger Park Safari tour booked with us, as return to Johannesburg may already be included in that.
Breakfast at Mlilwane
End of Tour.
- Transport with an experienced guide from the Kruger area and back.
- Accommodation two nights dinner bed and breakfast Mlilwane Game Reserve,
- Mlilwane Game Reserve Conservation Fee
- Lunches on Day 1 and Day 2.
- Entrance fees
- Visa Costs at Swazi border ( if any).
- All Beverages excluded, except for tea and coffee with meals
- All meals not in the itinerary
- Travel and Medical Insurance excluded
- All Optional Activities excluded
- All cost of a personal nature, eg. laundry, telephone calls
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
Accommodation Note: All the hotels and lodges are as reflected in this itinerary, but if for reasons beyond the control of Mmilo Tours this is not possible, they will be replaced with establishments of the same star grading.
Important: Please read the itinerary carefully, noting any optional activities you or some members in your group may want to take part in. You do not have to take part in any of the optional activities if you do not wish to. It helps us in our planning to know if you are interested and number of participants. These additional optional activities are not costed into this scheduled tour, and if you choose them, you pay the extra amount involved either directly to Mmilo Tours in advance, or on arrival at the venue. You will be informed accordingly by Mmilo Tours, and they are extra to the basic cost of the tour.
All our tours and packages are subject to availability at the time of booking and payment and accommodation is in a standard double Beehive room at Mlilwane Rest Camp.