Notice of Change of Normal Rates

BGP logoPlease note that from the 1st of December 2015 our rates  on all accommodation and activities will change to 2015/2016 rates. For more information on rates visit our website at www.biggameparks.org or email our Central Reservations at reservations@biggameparks.org

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Mlilwane: The Best Base to Experience Umhlanga


The Umhlanga Reed Dance takes place from the 25th of August to its culmination on the 31st Agust 2015 (Main Day) at Ludzidzini Royal Residence in Lobamba. Stay at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary only 5km from Ludzidzini and experience this annual cultural explosion.

The week long annual event takes place at the end of August or the beginning of September. Over 60 000 maidens pay homage to Her Majesty iNdlovikazi, the Queen Mother by cutting and presenting her with Reed used to repair the windbreak( emaguma ) for her homestead.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctaury, 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 Backpackers, to Mlilwane’s Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary‘s Rest Camp features a wide variety of accommodation suitable for families, groups as well as individual travelers and every price point. A t the heart of the Rest Camp are Rest Camp Huts; single room en-suite huts with close proximity to Hippo Haunt Restaurant or get a taste of traditional Swazi Living by beehive style hut (boguca) in one of 3 kraals, Nyala, Blesbok and Roan villages, each with 14 huts. These traditional huts have added luxury of en-suite bathroom with bedding and towels supplied. For larger family groups, Shonalanga Self Catering family cottage with its own private braai area and view of the Mlilwane plains is ideal. Lontweni Self-catering Rondavels also at Rest Camp are better suited for small families or couples alike.

For the traveler wild at heart, retire to our campsite which overlooks the Mhlambanyatsi valley and is adjacent to an ablution block with the added luxury of electricity points and laundry for your convenience.

Also located within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is a historic and luxury lodge called Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge, the birthplace of Swazi Nature conservation. Reilly’s is surrounded by  Botanical Gardens featuring rare aloes and cycads, threatened and endangered antelope as well as abundant bird-life. Reilly’s accommodation features the main house and 2 luxury en-suite rooms with 2 standard en suite rooms with a communal lounge as well as the breakfast terrace with spectacular views of Lobamba and the Ezulwini Valley. Reilly’s also has garden cottage with 2 standard en suite rooms sharing a small communal lounge.

There is little doubt that given its location, Sondzela Backpackers is the WILDest Backpackers in Swaziland. Set within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. A stay at Sondzela backpackers offers the priviledge  of being among Swazi Wildlife whilst also being perfectly placed to explore neighbouring attractions of Ezulwini and beyond. With a wide range of tolerant Game surrounding you including impala, nyala, zebra, warthog you can relax and take in the Sondzela landscape

Experience true Swazi culture, nature and hospitality at its very best at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Contact our central reservations office on T: +268 2528 3943 or email reservations@biggameparks.org for more information and to book.

Mkhaya’s Narina Trogon Chick Learns To Fly

Narina Trogon Chick
Narina Trogon Chick

In addition to its fame for rhino, Mkhaya Game Reserve is also known for its Narina Trogon, currently nesting at Stone Camp. This week, the first Narina Trogon chick of the season took its first flight around Stone Camp. It was amazing to see the young one moving from one branch to another trying to improve its flying capability and getting ready for the bush. This special event comes in addition to the numerous baby sightings being made. The image shows the chick, yet to develop the bright beautiful colours for which the Trogon is famed.

Get ready to ooh and aah: Mkhaya’s adorable new addition on YouTube!

Rhino Calf Video at Mkhaya Game ReserveVery young rhino calf at The Kingdom of Swaziland’s award-winning reserve Mkhaya Game Reserve finds its feet in this YouTube Video. Look closely and you’ll see the umbilical cord!

The reserve is an exciting conservation success story and continues to provide much needed refuge for both the endangered black and white rhinos in addition to a whole host of other endangered species. For up-close rhino sightings pre-book a stay at the reserve: www.biggameparks.org/mkhaya

And speaking of rhinos, don’t forget to enter our competition to be in with a chance of winning a Guided Rhino Drive for two at Hlane Royal National Park in honour of the forthcoming World Rhino Day.

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Another Addition To The Nyala Family At Mkhaya

New born baby Nyala with mother
New born baby Nyala with mother at Stone Camp

Recently a female  Nyala gave birth to a baby at Stone Camp at Mkhaya Game Reserve, adding to Big Game Parks wildlife. It was amazing to watch the mother being patient with little one while she  was learning to walk. We have this picture of the little baby Nyala as she is trying to find her way around the camp.

Last chance to save up to 30%

Inside a Swazi Beehive Hut at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Inside a Swazi Beehive Hut at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Don’t forget to book your Swazi Safari Accommodation at Big Game ParksHlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or Mkhaya Game Reserve before 15th July to save up to 30%.

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Luxury Lodges & Accommodation at Swaziland’s Big Game Parks

Luxury En- suite accommodation at Reilly's
Luxury En- suite accommodation at Reilly’s

Looking for luxury lodges, hotels or accommodation in the Kingdom of Swaziland? Don’t miss the up-market, unique and historical Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge within Swaziland’s pioneering wildlife sanctuary,Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and the ultimate, unforgettable bush retreat, Mkhaya Game Reserve.

AA Highly Recommended Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge is located in an enviable position ideal for nature, history and photography lovers who want a convenient base from which to explore Swaziland and beyond. Located within a botanical garden in the beautiful Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, itself located within Swaziland’s main tourist hub; the Ezulwini Valley ‘Valley of Heavens’, Reilly’s Rock definitely shouldn’t be missed! As guests enjoy a hearty breakfast in the lodge’s garden, they can admire panoramic views of Mlilwane’s game-studded plains below and rare wildlife such as the Blue Duiker wandering calmly around the garden. With only 6 en-suite rooms, you can also be sure of a calm and peaceful retreat and as the sun sets say hello to the resident Bushbabies – keen to be fed a banana or two!

 Semi open en- suite accommodation at Mkhaya
Semi open en- suite accommodation at Mkhaya

Mkhaya Game Reserve recently scooped the ‘AA Travellers Value Award for Top-End Leisure Travellers’ and with good reason! This South Eastern Swaziland Game Reserve is home to four of the Big 5 including Black Rhino, exquisite birdlife including the elusive Narina Trogon and Pink-Throated Twin-spots and a whole host of other must-see wildlife highlights, but it is the excellent Swazi service, and truly unique semi-open stone and thatched cottages which really set this reserve apart. Mkhaya Game Reserve is seldom short of praise; recently Wild Photo-journalist Stephen Cunliffe said: ‘A rhino walk at Mkhaya stands on par with a mountain gorilla encounter in Central Africa’ while Lonely Planet Africa Author Kate Armstrong said ‘This reserves that your more likely to see rhino here than anywhere else in Africa, and judging by our experience, this is true!’. Entry to Mkhaya at fixed times of either 10am or 4pm must be pre-booked in advanced and once in the reserve, your entry, food, activities and accommodation is included in the price of your chosen package.

To see what all the fuss is about, book a stay of 2 nights or more at either Reilly’s or Mkhaya, and save up to 30% off normal rates with our Quiet Season Specials – valid until 18th March 2013!

Wild Card
Wild Card

Did you know…The Kingdom of Swaziland’s Big Game Parks (BGP): Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve are part of the Wild Card Program which allows members free entry into a wide selection of game reserves within southern Africa? For FREE entry into BGP’s parks, don’t forget your valid Wild Card!
For Further Information & Bookings:
• Call: +268 2528 3943
• Email: reservations@biggameparks.org
• Visit: www.biggameparks.org