The Kingdom of Swaziland Explored (12 Days)

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Run by: Undiscovered Destinations

Reference number: SWZ

From: £2549.00

Day 1 – Arrive in Swaziland

You will be met on arrival at King Mswati III airport in Swaziland and take the one hour transfer to Mlilwane. On arrival there is the chance to stretch your legs and walk in the reserve and see wildlife on foot. This is dependent on your arrival time. This evening we have a group evening meal and welcome you as you start your amazing holiday in Swaziland. Overnight at Rondavels camp or similar (D)

Day 2 – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

In the morning there is a gentle walk through the reserve on the Hippo Trail. Be prepared to see wildlife on foot including wildebeest, impala and zebra. Keep an eye out for the hippo in the main dam. In the afternoon we will visit Mantenga’s traditional village where you can learn about the Swazi culture and how a traditional village is set out. Local villagers will show you around, explaining the roles of the chief and his wives, their sons and daughters and the traditional healer, also called the sangoma. Overnight at Rondavels camp or similar (BLD)

Day 3 – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Another gentle morning walk to take in this incredible reserve and some free time to try the optional activities of riding through the reserve or even cycling gently around the reserve. In the late afternoon we will go on a game drive finishing with sundowners at Execution lookout point and the amazing view. Overnight at Rondavels camp or similar (BLD)

Day 4 – Local Life

First stop is the Umphakatsi, the local chief near to Mlilwane, and learn about local life in Swaziland. We then visit Gone Rural to learn about the story of how women are being empowered in Swaziland through weaving. Over lunch we will visit Swazi Candles where there is time to watch candles being hand sculpted into colourful animal shapes of lion, elephant and other Swazi wildlife. Overnight at Rondavels camp or similar (BLD)

Day 5 – Malolotja

Malolotja Nature Reserve which is one of the most impressive mountain parks in Southern Africa and is the largest protected area in the Kingdom.  After lunch we will then drive further north to Maguga dam and visit the nearby Nsangwini Rock Shelter which is the largest example of San art in the country. 4000 years ago, the San people used this Highveld area for spiritual rituals and for recording iconic moments in their lives through etchings on the ancient rocks. Overnight at Foresters Arms or similar (BLD)

Day 6 - Ngwenya Mine

Today we will visit Ngwenya mine which is the oldest mine in the world. We will join a guided tour into the Lion Cavern, the oldest part of this mine. Afterwards there is the chance to visit Ngwenya glass factory to see recycled glass being created into glass sculptures. Overnight at Foresters Arms or similar (BLD)

Day 7 - Mkhaya Game Reserve

Today we travel to Mkhaya Game Reserve, named after the Acacia nigrescens tree. Mkhaya currently supports four of the Big Five; with leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino being present on the reserve. You should be able to see rhino up close and personal. Overnight at Stone Camp or similar (BLD)

Day 8 - Mkhaya Game Reserve

A full day to enjoy the Mkhaya Game Reserve. Mkhaya is staffed and patrolled entirely by Swazis from neighbouring communities and has what is arguably Africa's most effective anti-poaching unit. The reserve is totally self-financing through visitor revenues. Overnight at Stone Camp or similar (BLD)

Day 9 - Hlane Royal National Park

On the way to Hlane we will visit a local school for AIDS orphaned and vulnerable children. Spend time with the children and maybe give a helping hand to increase their social skills by playing and chatting with them. Overnight at Ndlovu Camp or similar (BLD) 

Day 10 – Mbuluzi Game Reserve

Near to Hlane is Mbuluzi Game Reserve which encompasses some of Swaziland's most pristine bush-veld with a variety of landscapes and excellent biodiversity. Common species include zebra, kudu, impala and warthog although the main attraction is the giraffe as it is possible to walk within these herds without disturbing them - a unique way to see giraffe. Overnight at Ndlovu Camp or similar (BLD)

Day 11 – Shewula Mountain Camp

Up early for a morning safari to make sure that we get to see the lion and elephants. We then visit Shewula Mountain Camp which is the first community eco-tourism project in Swaziland and one of the most successful in the whole of southern Africa. Overnight at Ndlovu Camp or similar (BLD)

Day 12 – Depart Swaziland

You will be taken to the airport in time for your flight. As the airport is only 20 mins away, there may be time to have one last safari drive, depending on your flight times.

 

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