Mlawula Nature Reserve Visitor Information
Mlawula is located in the north east of Swaziland, in the lowveld and Lubombo Mountains. Ideal for groups, families, outdoor adventure, nature lovers and campers.
SARA Tented Camp
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.
Mbuzi Picnic Site - Situated near the weir on the Mlawula River, start/end point for the Fishing Trail and the Baboon Cave Trail.
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.
Detailed hiking information
Guided game drives and night drives on request (when available, enquire at Magadzavane Lodge).
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.
Detailed birdwatching information
Fishing in the Mbuluzi and Mlawula rivers is a popular past time (fishing permit required, available from the main entrance gate).