Big Game Parks 2019/2020 Festive Season Procedures



Hlane Royal National Park and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary welcome day visitors over the Christmas season. We encourage enjoyment of our parks in a responsible manner with respect to the environment, wildlife and fellow guests. Eco-Tourism is about a quality nature experience. Big Game Parks is about making memorable experiences in nature available to local, regional and international guests. We do not condone noisy and disrespectful behavior. Our parks are here to be enjoyed by all who visit, which means safety, respect, courtesy and sobriety are important.

Due to high levels of disturbance in the past, our parks will be following a very strict procedure this festive season.

  • For the safety and enjoyment of all, the “No Alcohol Permitted” rule will be enforced vigorously throughout the holiday season
  • Every vehicle will be searched on entry to both Hlane and Mlilwane. Vehicles with alcohol will be turned away and denied access into the park.
  • No alcohol may be left at our gates.
  • Anyone arriving intoxicated or suspected of being under the influence of intoxicating substances will be turned away. Our Rangers have full discretion.
  • Drugs, Firearms and ammunition will not be permitted into the parks.
  • Day Visitors will be required to leave the Rest Camp by 17h00 between 21 December and 5 January 2020.
  • Security will be deployed in the camps and have the authority to search picnics and any alcohol found being off-loaded will result in the vehicle and its passengers being evicted without refund.
  • Big Game Parks reserves the right to restrict entry to ensure our guests have a quality experience. The number of Day Visitor vehicles allowed into the parks will be restricted (over the festive season).
  • Notices will be erected at the turn off when capacity is reached.
  • Conservation (entry) fees will be as follows:
    • MLILWANE – E70,00 per adult & E35.00 per child during High Season (21st Dec to 5th Jan inclusive)
    • HLANE – E65,00 per adult & E35.00 per child during High Season (21st Dec to 5th Jan inclusive)
    • Restricted access applies during the festive season.
    • Normal Rates apply through the rest of the months of December and January, with exception of 21st Dec to 5th
    • Wild Cards will be accepted as normal, without premium fare
    • Pre-bookings for overnight guests as per our forecast will be charged normal Conservation Fees, including pay on arrival
    • Pre-paid Christmas Lunch bookings in the Hippo Haunt and Hlane Restaurants will be charged normal Conservation Fees. Pre-bookings without payment will be charged peak season rates.
  • Access to Mlilwane swimming pool will be restricted and hourly checks will be conducted to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors

Wishing all our guests a fabulous Festive Season!
To book contact our Central Reservations Office on +268 2528 3943 or email



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

Swaziland’s First Ever Instameet !


Instameet ArtworkThe Kingdom of Swaziland’s Big Game Parks invites instagrammers to the very first instameet in Swaziland! This event will be hosted at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary on the 16th December 2015. An InstaMeet is an event where a group of photographers and videographers who are on instagram meet up to take photos and videos together. Instagram is an exciting social networking service that enables its users to share pictures and videos. The vital ingredients for this event are a group of fun, easy going instagrammers with smart phones, data bundles and a desire to connect and explore nature with other Instagrammers.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautifully scenic park ideal for exploring nature and this Instameet will provide a great opportunity to meet new people, share opinions, tips and experiences related to Instagram;  take pictures and instantly upload them to Instagram. Save the date! #LookCloser #MlilwaneInstameet15 #TheBeautyOfNature @BigGameParks

Mlilwane Wins Trip Advisor Award for Excellence 2015

TRIP ADVISORMlilwane has won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award 2015. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

Book Your Expedition Africa Accommodation with Big Game Parks

file-page1-SSS15WEBBegin your  adventure by staying  at Hlane Royal National Park‘s Ndlovu Camp get up to 30% off on accommodation (Catered or self-catered) for this year’s Expedition Africa . Arrive at Ndlovu Camp and get a chance to see four of Swaziland’s Big Five including Lion, by booking the popular Sunset Game Drive.

Daily conservation fee is E40-00 per person. To book your accommodation call our Central Reservations Office on (+268) 2528 3943 or email

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!

Emerald Spotted Dove at Hlane

Emerald Spotted Dove at Hlane
Emerald Spotted Dove at Hlane

Hlane Royal National Park is known for its abundant birdlife. We spotted the Emerald Spotted Dove  (Turtur Chalcospilos)  at Lusoti Camp near a waterhole. Besides the different types of bird species to be seen there, Lusoti Camp is also ideal for overnight camping trips and   exciting wilderness trail.

Blue Duiker at Reilly’s Rock

Blue Duiker at Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge
Blue Duiker at Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge

Just wandering about the botanical gardens and grazing at the lawn at Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, is the Blue Duiker. Being one of  the smallest of the antelope family, the little fellows are surprisingly plucky and tolerant of human presence making up-close encounters and excellent photographic opportunities common at Reilly’s.

Jumping Tamboti Seeds

Beautiful wood is not the only reason for tamboti trees’ popularity. The  medium-sized, semi-deciduous tree is also a jumping bean tree.

The tamboti tree Spirostachys africana, indigenous to Swaziland, is a ‘jumping bean’ tree because its seeds become infested with the larvae of  a small grey moth which causes the seed to jump centimetres into the air. Check out the jumping tamboti seeds video taken from Hlane Royal National Park above!

The larvae develops within the growing fruits having entered the fruit while green. When the fruits are mature each splits into 3 segments. After falling onto the ground, the larvae inside the segments, causes them to move about erratically and vigorously leading to the name ‘Jumping Bean Tree’.

The Tamboti tree, Umtfombotsi is a medium sized deciduous tree which can be found at Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve. The name means “spirally arranged African tree”, referring to the manner in which the flowers grow. Hurry down to Mkhaya and Hlane to see these jumping bean seeds. While you are there, don’t forget to take pictures of the new members of the BGP Family and enter our Baby Season Competition!

Christmas at Mkhaya Game Reserve

Book an Award-Winning Christmas Getaway

If you’re looking for something different this Christmas, look no further than the Kingdom of Swaziland’s Mkhaya Game Reserve!

An unforgettable safari getaway often comes with an equally unforgettable price-tag. Not at Mkhaya! This reserve continually receives rave reviews from journalists, safari experts and visitors from all over the world for offering ‘one of the most unique lodges on the continent’, ‘exceptional service and cuisine’, ‘National Geographic game drives’ and rhino walks which are ‘on a par with a mountain gorilla encounter in Central Africa’. And the best part? It also offers truly excellent value for money, as the AA ‘Traveller’s Value Award for Top-End Leisure Travellers’ which it recently scooped as a result of first-hand guest feedback, attests to.

Our Special Mkhaya Christmas Packages:

Christmas Day Tour at Mkhaya

Christmas Day Tour

Home to 4 of the Big Five inc. Black Rhino & exquisite birdlife, spend your Christmas Day in the African Bush under the care of our expert Swazi guides and enjoy a delicious three course meal beneath Mkhaya’s giant sausage tree.


Just R400 pp!
+ 25% Off Bookings of 4+/Children 6-13yrs!

2 Night Special Christmas Package

2 Night Christmas Special 

Spend an unforgettable Christmas at the award-winning Mkhaya Game Reserve and follow the romantic candle and paraffin-lit sand pathways to enjoy two nights in AA Highly Recommended Semi-open Stone & Thatch Cottages. Excellent value!

Entry to Mkhaya
All Game Drives
Use of Kirky’s Hide
All Meals
Christmas Lunch

Just R2555pp sharing
(D,B&B & 24hr)

These Mkhaya Christmas Specials are subject to availability and must be pre-booked. To avoid disappointment book now on: +268 2528 3943 or via