BGP Photography Competition Winners revealed!

Many thanks for all your wonderful submissions for our BGP Photography Competition this August 2011. You’ll remember the theme was ‘Wild Swaziland’ in celebration of the Kingdom’s rich biodiversity of wildlife. Our judge, professional photographer Roger de la Harpe, certainly didn’t have an easy task with a wide range of photos submitted from visitors from across the globe to each of our three parks: Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve.

On this occasion there was something special in the air at Mlilwane with the winning 3 photographs all hailing from this park, and we also had a double-winner; Roy Bicknell from Swaziland, whose pictures caught Roger’s eye, stealing both 1st and 2nd place!

And the winners are…

1st Place: Roy Bicknell, Swaziland
Prize: Roy’s stunning photo ‘All Puffed Up’ of a Red Bishop wins him a night for two people at Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge

This stunning lodge located within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is steeped in history and attracts photographers-in-the-know from across the world keen to capture the birding and botany gem for themselves. Up-close encounters with rare and endangered small antelope such as Blue Duiker and Suni, a vast array of exquisite birdlife and regular nocturnal visits from Bush Babies keen to be fed a banana or two on the rooftop, provide the perfect subjects against a canvas of mature Royal Botanical Gardens featuring rare aloes and cycads and spectacular elevated views of the game-studded plains. The lodge’s beautiful rooms, famous Swazi hospitality and roaring log fires also add to the appeal! Prize includes dinner, bed and breakfast and Mlilwane Conservation entry fee.

2nd Place: Roy Bicknell, Swaziland
Prize: Roy’s impressive close up ‘You looking at Me’ of a hippo at Mlilwane wins him a guided mountain bike trail for two at Hlane Royal National Park.

Roy will enjoy the majesty of Hlane Royal National Park on a 2 hr Swazi-guided mountain bike trail for two! Home to the largest herds of game in the Kingdom, with four of the big 5, including lion, Hlane offers visitors the chance to discover Swaziland’s natural heritage up-close-and-personal. Ndlovu camp overlooks a waterhole frequented by White Rhino and elephant and bushveld cuisine is served at the beautiful semi-open restaurant. Other activities available at Hlane include guided game and birding walks and game drives. Prize excludes conservation entry fee.

3rd Place: Bridget Wray, Swaziland
Prize: Bridget’s shot ‘Future Foretold’ of a Roan Antelope at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary wins her a Chubeka Horse Experience for two at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Future Foretold

Bridget will enjoy a guided hourly horseback trail through Big Game Parks’ stunning Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary where visitors may spot hippo, crocodile, black eagle, nyala and warthog sightings, along with an abundance of beautiful birds. Make a day of it by taking advantage of the stunning hiking trails while you’re there, bringing along meat for a braai or enjoying the Hippo Haunt Restaurant’s famous bush cuisine. Prize excludes conservation entry fee.

You’ve won! How do you claim your prize?

Congratulations! Simply email marketing@biggameparks.org to claim your prize voucher. We hope you enjoy your prize and experience at Big Game Parks. All prizes subject to BGP’s terms and conditions.

Haven’t been lucky on this occasion?

If you haven’t won on this occasion, perhaps you’d like to try your luck at one of our forthcoming competitions or take advantage of our photography specials or future photography events? Here’s how to find out more…

Current 3 nights for 2 special at prime photography destinations: Mkhaya & Reilly’s Rock:
Simply email our friendly reservations team on: reservations@biggameparks.org to book or find out more

Regular competitions on our blog
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Photographic safari at Mkhaya Game Reserve  
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BGP Hosts Water Table at Swazi Slojos

Swazi Slojos
Swazi Slojos

Big Game Parks is hosting a water table tomorrow; Saturday 24 Septemeber 2011, at the Swazi Slojos 21.1 km race, and would like to wish all runners the best of luck.

Over 400 participants will be up bright and early for the half-marathon race which starts at 06h30 at Ezulwini Sun Hotel.

Big Game Parks will be at Water Table No.3, 13.5 km from the start line at Elangeni. Water, juice, and fruit aren’t the only things we will be providing. Over 400 athletes will also be cheered on by BGP staff as they race to the finish line.

As soon as you hit the dirt road, under the MR3 Freeway around Elangeni, look out for our banners and anticipate the best hydration point!

Best of luck and see you there!

Come and visit BGP at the Getaway Show!

Come and see Big Game Parks at the Getaway Show

The Kingdom of Swaziland’s Big Game Parks will be at The Getaway Show at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg from 2-4 September 2011.

We will be at Stand B42  promoting our limited 3 Nights for 2 special offer at Swaziland’s prime photography destinations: Mkhaya Game Reserve and Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge.

We will also be chatting to you about our other exciting products on offer.

Come and let’s have a chat, at the Getaway Show, this weekend!

BGP Photography Comp Hots Up….Only 2 weeks to go!

With only two weeks to go until we close our BGP Photography Competition and announce the lucky winner of a luxury night’s stay for two at Reilly’s Rock and runners-up who will receive a guided mountain bike trail at Hlane Royal National Park or a Chubeka Horse Ride at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, the competition’s certainly hotting up. Will any of the submissions below take the coveted prizes…or could you take the winning shot?

"Warthog Family" taken by J.W.le Roux at Hlane Royal National Park
“A Lazy Day in the Sun" taken by Michael Goodling on Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
'Baby Barnowl' by Heide Carey taken at Hlane Royal National Park
'Hornbill with mini Hamburger' taken by Jacobus Cilliers at Hlane Royal National Park

More than Gold: The Rhino Rescue Project

Swaziland’s proud 20 year rhino record was recently shattered with the loss of a young female rhino and her calf at Hlane Royal National Park. Big Game Parks was touched by the level of support from local, regional and international supporters who greatly lamented this loss. One such supporter, Melinda MacInnis, stepped up and, along with her highly-respected team, is currently making a documentary showing how the Rhino Wars have been brought back to Africa, and how the fate of Swaziland’s (and the world’s) rhino population hangs in the balance.

These truly majestic animals represent some of our planet’s last great megafauna and stand as a symbol of what our species is doing to every other. Rhinos have existed on this planet for millions of years and have always  been a part of the human experience, sparking our imagination and wonder. And now because some have decided that their horns are worth more than gold, we are about to wipe them out.

Through education, legislation, and the development of a global voice, we aspire to bring rhinos back from the brink of extinction. Melinda has already finished filming in Swaziland and is now in the post-production phase. Because everyone has so far worked for free (most especially John Mans, the Emmy-nominated, veteran nature and adventure cinematographer) or for drastically reduced rates, Melinda’s been able to capture something really remarkable and worthy of reaching as large an audience as possible, and now they just need that final push!

Please help spread the word of this project to turn the tide for the world’s rhinos!

How you can help

Umhlanga Reed Dance Special

Experience true Swazi culture


3 Nights for the price of 2

Experience true Swazi culture, nature and hospitality at its very best and save 30%!

Conveniently located just a short drive away from the Umhlanga Reed Dance at ELudzidzini which culminates on Monday 29th August, Mlilwane is opening its doors to all guests wanting to experience true Swazi culture, nature and hospitality at its very best.

Save 30% when booking 3 nights in either a traditional Swazi Beehive hut or a luxury room within the original house of Swaziland’s conservation forerunners, Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge.

3 nights for 2 in a Swazi Beehive Hut (B&B Basis)

After all the festivities at Umhlanga, retire to your Swazi Beehive Hut in a traditional Kraal with the added luxury of en-suite facilities and Swazi nature, the famous Hippo Haunt Restaurant and a wide range of activities at your doorstep!

3 Night Usual Price: E990pp sharing inc. breakfast, exc. conservation fee

3 Night Offer Price: E660pp

Save E330pp

3 nights for 2 at Reilly’s Rock (D, B&B Basis)

Relax at Reilly’s amongst rare aloes, small antelope and birds in its romantic botanical garden. Take in the panoramic views of Mlilwane’s game-studded plains below before feeding the resident bush babies and savouring delicious cuisine served by welcoming Swazi hosts.

3 Night Usual Price: E2235pp sharing inc. dinner, breakfast & conservation fee

3 Night Offer Price: E1490pp

Save E745pp

Mkhaya Day Tour Offer

Spot Black Rhino at Mkhaya Game Reserve

Pay for 3 and bring a 4th for free!

If you book a day tour to Mkhaya for 4 people during the month of August mentioning this special offer, you’ll only have to pay for 3 people….receiving a discount of 25% (E545) off the normal price! Your day tour includes a Swazi-guided open Land Rover Game Drive where you could bump into Mkhaya’s Black Rhino, rare birds and numerous other wildlife species amongst the pure African bush before enjoying a fabulous bush lunch beneath a giant sausage tree – not to be missed!

Why book this offer?

  • Excellent Value for Money

Mkhaya was named as one of the best value safari experiences in Southern Africa by International travel guide, Lonely Planet. It’s no wonder when the entry fee includes excellent Land Rover Game Drives and amazing bush cuisine in one of the best examples of pure African bush around! You’ll be so enchanted by the magic of Mkhaya, you’ll want to share your experience with your friends…and with this offer you can…and at 25% off

  • Normal Price: E2180 for 4 people
  • Offer Price: E1635 for 4 people
  • Save: E545 (25% off)
  • Easy, Hassle-Free Experience

Mkhaya is easy to get to from anywhere in Swaziland– it’s only an hour’s drive away from Ezulwini on excellent roads. What’s more, when you book a stay at Mkhaya everything is taken care of so you can truly relax and enjoy the reserve’s famous Swazi hospitality.

  • Unrivalled Wildlife Viewing

Established as a refuge for endangered animals, Mkhaya plays host to many rare creatures including both Black and White Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Buffalo, Roan and Sable Antelope and the fastest antelope on earth, the ‘Tsessebe’ (‘Umzansi’ in siSwati) to name a few! Up-close encounters with birds and animals bring photographers from all over the world and with this offer; you  may even snap the winning shot for our wildlife competition below!

During the month of August, Big Game Parks is hosting a competition open to all visitors of our parks called ‘Wild Swaziland’. Simply submit a photo you’ve taken at any of our three parks: Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or Mkhaya Game Reserve and be in with a chance of winning a night for two at Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge.

Offer available on first-come-first-serve basis

Book now to avoid disappointment:

Call: +268 2528 3943/4 or Email: reservations@biggameparks.org