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Hiking in Malolotja
Hiking in Malolotja

Malolotja

Canopy Tour
Canopy Tour
  • Tree Top Canopy Tour
  • Fishing: Forbes Reef dam and Hawane Dam
  • Mountain biking.
  • Horse Riding: At Hawane Stables, about 15 km from the Malolotja Entrance Gate.
Mantenga Falls
Mantenga Falls

Mantenga

  • Picnics at the designated areas around the reserve.
  • Organized Sunrise and Sunset Picnics. These picnics can be booked at the Swazi River Café.
  • Hiking Trails: Allow your senses to take in the refreshing surroundings on foot, enjoying the rich bird life seen along the riverbed, and other species found along the marked hiking trails.
  • Guided Moonlight Night Walks and day Walks: All walks can be booked with interpretation provided by a Swazi field guide.
  • Bird Watching - seeing the extensive species list, you can appreciate the wonders of bird watching within the reserve.
  • Cultural Village Visit - a very real glimpse of Swaziland's culture. The cultural village is a definite must on your list of things to do. This experience is both informative and memorable - a taste of true Swazi hospitality!
  • Fishing
  • There are many shops, art and curio handcraft centres outside the reserve along the Ezulwini Craft Route and Malkerns areas.
  • Other activities around Swaziland include white water rafting, tubing, caving, abseiling, paragliding, mountain biking and horse riding which can be arranged through our Reception or at the Swazi River Café.
Mantenga Cultural Village
Mantenga Cultural Village

Mlawula

  • Picnics at the designated areas around the reserve.
    • Python Pools
      Contained in a small rocky gorge, this area sometimes offers the opportunity to see klipspringer, pythons, a variety of lizards, terrapins and diverse plant species.
    • Hyaena Pool
      A small dam in the southern end of the Siphiso Valley. Hyaenas are occasional visitors to this area.
Python Pools
Python Pools
  • Short walks and Hiking Trails: Mlawula has a network of 50 kms of trails, ranging in duration from 1.5 hours to 2 days (all water must be carried), and offers the 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.
    • Khabane Cave
      After a stiff climb, this cave offers breath-taking views of Mlawula Nature Reserve and adjacent areas. Home to the endemic Swazi Euphorbia, owls and mocking chats.
    • Mahlabashane Gorge
      Accessible by foot from the Mbuluzi Valley road, it is home to numerous rare plants, endemic ironwood forests and uncommon bird species. There are occasional sightings of leopard, serval, aardwolf, pangolin, side-striped jackal, aardvark, Sharpe's gryesbok, oribi and samango monkey. More frequent sightings include spotted hyaena, black-backed jackal and red duiker.
  • Guided game drives and night drives on request (when available).
  • Self-guided drives - over 33 km of well marked road network (only daytime drives are encouraged).
    • Siphiso Valley
      The ideal area for game viewing of blue wildebeest, zebra, kudu, impala and other small antelopes in their natural habitat. The valley also offers access routes to surrounding Lubombo mountains, for visitors interested in hiking.
    • Mbuluzi Gorge
      Accessible by car, offering spectacular river scenery, diverse bird life coupled with a wide variety of plants. Crocodiles may be seen in this gorge, which also offers visitors access to fishing spots.
  • Bird Watching at Mlawula is particularly rewarding and the reserve is known for its high bird diversity.
  • Mountain biking - over 33 km of dirt tracks.
Mountain biking
Mountain biking
  • Quad biking - Quad bike enthusiasts have access to affordable quad bike rental.
  • Fishing in the Mbuluzi and Mlawula rivers is a popular past time (fishing permit required).



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SNTC Headquarters: Parliament Road. P O Box 100, Lobamba, Swaziland. Tel: (+268) 2416 1516, 2416 1489, 2416 1179. Fax: (+268) 2416 1875, 2416 1480. Email: info@sntc.org.sz
National Museum:
Tel: (+268) 2416 1179, 2416 1875
Fax: 2416 1875
Email: curator@sntc.org.sz
King Sobhuza II Memorial Park:
Tel: (+268) 2416 1179, 2416 1489
Fax: 2416 1875
Email: ksmp@sntc.org.sz
Malolotja Nature Reserve:
Tel/Fax: (+268) 2444 3241
Cell: 7660 6755
Email: culturalvillage@sntc.org.sz
Mantenga Nature Reserve:
Tel: (+268) 2416 1151
2416 1178, Fax: 2416 1480
Email: culturalvillage@sntc.org.sz
Magadzavane Lodge
Mlawula Nature Reserve:
Tel: (+268) 2343 5108/9
Fax: 2343 5111
Email: magadzavane@sntc.org.sz