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 

Welcome to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

It’s easy to see why Mlilwane is called an Outdoor Lover’s Paradise.  Check out Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary’s video below.

Mkhaya and Reilly’s Rock National Finalists in AA Accommodation Awards

We have just been advised that both Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge and Mkhaya Game Reserve have stormed past the Regional Finalists stage to become National Finalists in the prestigious 2012 AA Quality Assured Accommodation Awards.

Mkhaya Game Reserve makes it as a national finalist in the Game Lodge category. Mkhaya has been enjoying rave reviews in Wild Magazine and in September’s Go! Magazine.  See for yourself what the fuss is about and enjoy exclusive 20% Wild Discount on a 2-night stay at Mkhaya, offer ends on the 30th of September 2012.

Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge, situated with Mlilwane‘s Royal Botanical Gardens is a national finalist in the Game or Nature Experience. This luxury lodge steeped in history features threatened and endangered antelope alongside abundant bird life, rare aloes and cycads. Experience Umhlanga Reed Dance from the 27th of August to the 3rd of September, with your base at Reilly’s situated within Mlilwane, 5 Km from Ludzidzini Royal Residence.

Results will be announced at a Gala Dinner on the 30th of August 2012 at Wanderers Club Ballroom which Big Game Parks is attending. The evening is set for awards, glamour and recognition for southern Africa’s best accommodation.

Keep your eyes glued onto this blog for more info.

Mkhaya and Reilly’s Rock Regional Finalists in 2012 AA Quality Assured Accommodation Awards


We have just received news that  Mkhaya Game Reserve and Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge are regional finalists in this year’s  AA Quality Assured Accommodation Awards!

Mkhaya Game Reserve makes it as a regional finalist in the Game Lodge category. Located in the southeast of Swaziland, this haven for endangered species including black rhino has 4 of the Big 5. Stone Camp’s 12 unique, semi-open stone and thatch cottages are AA Quality Assured Highly Recommended Accommodation.

Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge, situated with Mlilwane‘s Royal Botanical Gardens is a regional finalist in the Game or Nature Experience. This luxury lodge steeped in history, former home of Mikey Reilly features 4-roomed lodge and a garden cottage with a self-catering 8-sleeper cottage. Threatened and endangered antelope alongside abundant bird life can also be found alongside rare aloes and cycads.

Many thanks to all our guests at Mkhaya and Reilly’s Rock for taking the time to complete the guest review forms throughout the year. Winners will be announced in July; we are crossing our fingers.Stay tuned here for more information!

Take advantage of our limited Swazi Safari Winter Specials ending on the 15th of July and experience Mkhaya and Reilly’s Rock.