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Game drives | Picnic spots | Birdwatching | Hiking | Backpacking
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Game drives

Malolotja Nature Reserve offers about 25 km of roads open to the public, where not only can visitors view some of the mammals found in the reserve, but also see the mountainous splendour of the area, with its spectacular flora. The extensive grassy hillsides and rocky ridges lend themselves to some excellent game viewing with backdrops unrivalled in southern Africa. Game to be seen includes Eland, Blesbok, Black Wildebeest, Mountain Reedbuck, Common Reedbuck, Grey Rhebok, Red Hartebeest, Oribi, Klipspringer and Zebra. The rare Aardwolf and the elusive Antbear also occur in the reserve. Predators include Leopard, Serval, Caracal and Black-backed Jackal.

Mlawula Nature Reserve has 33 km of rough roads open to the public in a bushveld landscape with unique charm, game rich savannas and unrivalled Lubombo scenery. Elusive animals such as Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Antbear, Porcupine and Serval may be seen as well as more common Kudu, Zebra, Impala, Blue Wildebeest and Waterbuck. Guided day and night drives in an open vehicle are offered but must be booked a day in advance.

Picnic spots

Mantenga Nature Reserve offers ideal locations for picnics, on the banks of the river, and below the Mantenga Falls. Hawane Nature Reserve allows for picnics on the banks of Hawane Dam. Mlawula Nature Reserve has picnic areas at the Rhino Pools and Croc Pools, as well as facilities for larger groups adjacent to the Mlawula River. Malolotja Nature Reserve has two picnic sites with facilities for barbecues, one in the rocky area of the upper Majolomba area, and the other by the Forbes Reef dam.


Both Malolotja and Mlawula Nature Reserve are excellent birding spots, with over 250 species being recorded in Malolotja, including the rare blue swallow and bald ibis. More than 280 bird species have been recorded and the reserve is particularly important for its nesting Blue Swallow, Blue Crane, Stanley's Bustard and the flourishing Bald Ibis colony above the Malolotja Falls. Over 350 species of birds have been recorded in Mlawula, including raptors such as the Maritial Eagle and Bateleur, 5 Vulture species and a number of rarities such as the Narina Trogon, Pinkthroughted Twinspot, African Broadbill and African Finfoot.


Walking is encouraged in the reserves. Both Mlawula and Malolotja Nature Reserves have a number of short walks and day trails, staring from the various viewpoints or picnic areas. New hiking trails are currently being set up in Mantenga Nature Reserve.

Mlawula Nature Reserve has a number of trails, ranging in duration from 1.5 hours to 2 days (all water must be carried) offering a rare opportunity for visitors to walk self-guided through the bushveld to experience the more intimate encounters with nature and wildlife. The trails in the Lubombo mountains provide excellent views across Swaziland to the west and as far> as the Mozambique coast in the east. Mlawula is renowned for it's ancient> caves some of which can be reached via day tails.


Hiking through the Lower Malolotja Valley   Lower Malolotja Valley

Malolotja backpacking trails rank among Southern Africa's finest as they offer not only the solace of true wilderness with magnificent rugged country, but also a fascinating variety of fauna and flora and much to interest the amateur geologist. There are approximately 200 km of highing trails and seventeen backpacking camps which allow hikers to undertake wilderness trails from two to seven days in duration.

        Malolotja Valley  Malolotja Valley  Lower Malolotja River  Lower Potholes


Malolotja Nature Reserve contains numerous rivers and streams, where swimming is possible. Hawane Dam offers the opportunity for not only swimming, but also other watersports such as sailing, windsurfing, canoeing or rowing.

Swimming at Mhlangamphepha Falls   Mhlangamphepha Falls


Malolotja Nature Reserve offers trout fishing in a small dam that is stocked specifically for this purpose. Fishing permits for the Mlawula River are available at Mlawula Nature Reserve.

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