Our logo is adapted from a painting by Phillip Dlamini, 1998, of a purple crested turaco. In traditional Swazi dress, the red feathers feature in the royal headdress, so this bird illustration is not only a symbol for wildlife conservation, but also of cultural heritage.
Mlawula Nature Reserve is located in north eastern Swaziland, with the main entrance being off the Lomahasha/Simunye road. The reserve can also be accessed from the south, from the Siteki/Mhlumeni road, Magadzavane Lodge is adjacent to this entrance.
The closest borders are Mananga/Border Gate Border (from South Africa, open from 07h00 to 18h00), Lomahasha/Naamacha Border (from Mozambique, open from 07h00 to 20h00) and the Mhlumeni/Goba Border (from Mozambique, open from 08h00 to 20h00).
The reserve is about 120 km from Mbabane and 100 km from Manzini. The closest town is Simunye.
Directions from Mananga/Border Gate Border:
From the Mananga/Border Gate border, head south on MR5 for 5.1 km, then turn left onto MR24. After 31.8 km, turn right onto MR3. After 1.2 km, take the first left, towards Mlawula Nature Reserve. After 4.1 km turn right into the reserve entrance. From the reserve entrance, follow the signs to Magadzavane Lodge (17.6 km).
Directions from Lomahasha/Naamacha Border:
From the Lomahasha border, take MR3 for 20 km, then turn left towards Mlawula. After 4.1 km, turn right into the reserve entrance. From the reserve entrance, follow the signs to Magadzavane Lodge (17.6 km).
Directions from Mhlumeni/Goba Border: From the Mhlumeni border, take MR7 for 12.8 km, then turn right into the reserve entrance. Magadzavane Lodge is 600 m from the entrance.
Directions from Ngwenya/Oshoek Border: Take the highway (MR3) from the border, bypassing Mbabane. After 55 km, continue straight through Manzini. Stay on MR3 for 52 km, then turn right onto the Siteki road (MR16). After 4.3 km, turn left onto MR7 towards the Mhlumeni/Goba border post. Continue for 14.4 km, then turn left into the reserve entrance. Magadzavane Lodge is 600 m from the entrance.
Directions from Lavumisa/Gollela Border: Take the road (MR8) north from the border for 70 km. Take the slight right turn onto the Siteki road, continue for 38 km to Siteki, then turn left onto MR7 towards the Mhlumeni/Goba border post. Continue for 14.4 km, then turn left into the reserve entrance. Magadzavane Lodge is 600 m from the entrance.
Main gate: 26.180 South 31.998 East
Magadzavane gate: 26.322 South 31.991 East
Head Quarters: (+268) 2416 1489/1179
King Sobhuza II Park: (+268) 2416 1489/1179
National Museum: (+268) 2416 1489/1179
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Malolotja Nature Reserve: (+268) 2444 3241 / (+268) 2416 1480
Mantenga Nature Reserve and Swati Cultural Village: 2416 1151/1178
Mlawula Nature Reserve: (+268) 2383 8885 (Reception)
(+268) 2383 8453 (Senior Warden)
Magadzavane Lodge: (+268) 2343 5108/9