Big Game Parks Quiet Season Specials

QSS Info Sheet Rack-page-001Save up to 30% off on accommodation on Big Game Parks’ Quiet Season Specials at Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctaury including Reillys Rock Hilltop Lodge and Mkhaya Game Reserve when you stay  two nights or more from the 10th January 2016 to 20th March 2016. Entry is free for WILD card holders.

To book contact the Central Reservations Office on or call +268 2528 3943


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 or email our Central Reservations at

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 for more information and to book.

Mkhaya, a Haven for Endangered Species

Male African Buffalo at Mkhaya Game Reserve
Male African Buffalo at Mkhaya Game Reserve

Mkhaya Game Reserve is known to be a haven for endangered species in Swaziland. This makes Mkhaya a unique reserve, boasting  four of the Big Five including Black Rhino as well as African Buffalo also known  as “The Black Death” owing to the fact that they are regarded as the most aggressive of the Big Five. As a haven for endangered species, Mkhaya Game Reserve is the only reserve where you can view the African Buffalo in Swaziland

Ground Hornbills visit Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge

Ground Hornbills visit Reilly's Rock
Ground Hornbills visit Reilly’s Rock

Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge , the original home of Swaziland’s conservation pioneers, has housed many famous guests including the late Prince Bernard of the Netherlands who was an avid supporter of Big Game Parks and its conservation efforts.

Now an up-market lodge which can be booked on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, Reilly’s also attracts a vast array of wild visitors including the rare Blue Duiker and prolific birdlife attracted to its botanical gardens.

This week a number of ground hornbills also visited Reilly’s. If you fancy a relaxing break, a chance to feed some bushbabies as the sun goes down and an opportunity to spot some rare small antelope, plant and birdlife, book a stay to Reilly’s today!

Save 15% on Swazi Reed Dance 2013 Accommodation!

Swaziland Reed DanceStill haven’t booked accommodation to experience Swaziland’s most famous cultural event, the ‘Umhlanga’ Reed Dance Ceremony, held from 27th August-2nd September 2013? With limited accommodation remaining at nearby Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and a special of 15% off, book now!

Located just a stone’s throw away from the ceremony with the convenience of 24hr gate entry after initial check-in before sunset, Swaziland’s pioneer game reserve; Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, which recently scooped TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence after receiving prolonged rave reviews, is the perfect base from which to experience Umhlanga. What’s more, with our handy Reed Dance Special Itinerary at hand, all you’ll need to remember is your passport!

Very Special Rates:

• Camping (Mlilwane):  R75pp (Original R90pp, save R15pp sh)

• Self-Catering:  R280pp (Original R330pp sh, save R50pp sh)

• R/Only Swazi-Style:  R265pp (Original R315pp sh, save R50pp sh)

• B&B Swazi-Style:  R320pp (Original R380pp sh, save R60pp sh)

DBB Luxury (Reilly’s):  R705pp (Original R830pp sh, save R125pp sh)

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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.