Umhlanga Reed Dance 2012 Dates Announced

27 August 2012 – 03 September 2012

The Umhlanga Reed Dance dates for this year have been announced. This cultural explosion will take place from the 27th of August to its culmination on 3rd of September 2012 at Ludzidzini Royal Residence in Lobamba.

The week long annual event takes place at the end of August or beginning of September. Over 40 000 young unmarried and childless maidens pay homage to Her Majesty INdlovukazi, the Queen Mother by cutting and presenting her with reed used to make windbreakers emaguma for her homestead.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, located 5 km from Ludzidzini Royal Residence is the best base to experience this colourful traditional ceremony. Mlilwane has accommodation to suit every price point from backpacker accommodation at Sondzela, to Mlilwane’s traditional Swazi beehive accommodation and self-catering cottages, as well the upmarket  Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge. If you’re a camper Sondzela Backpackers and Mlilwane’s Rest Camp both offer camping grounds with spectacular views.

For more information and to book, contact us here.


Author: Big Game Parks

Sawubona! Welcome to Big Game Parks' Blog! From the flatlands in the East, through the mountainous and scenic West, to the heart of the lowveld in the South East, the Kingdom of Swaziland not only offers you nearly every example of African landscape but also unforgettable wildlife, culture, adventure and birding experiences. Big Game Parks (BGP) is a private non-profit Trust which manages three game reserves in Swaziland: Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve. All follow a common mission: to conserve the rich biodiversity of Swaziland's natural heritage. In 1960 the Reilly's family established the Kingdom's first game reserve on the Reilly family farm, Mlilwane. Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve soon followed and today the company's contribution to the restoration and protection of the Kingdom’s biodiversity is of great significance (BGP actually saved 22 species from extinction in Swaziland!) and can truly be appreciated by the discerning traveller. Swaziland is well-situated between Kruger National Park and Kwa-Zulu Natal as well as Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Maputo. Big Game Parks’ well-positioned and diverse game reserves are an essential destination in any itinerary. Discover all the latest Big Game Parks tourism, conservation and community happenings right here. Sitawubonana! See you soon!

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