LIMITED 3 for 2 Offer…Just a few weeks left!

Calling all photographers, bush, bird, botany and wildlife fanatics! For a limited period only (until the 31st November 2011 to be precise) Big Game Parks is offering 3 nights for 2 at Swaziland’s premier wildlife destinations: Mkhaya Game Reserve and Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge.

So why not take advantage of this offer and book an unforgettable November getaway to enjoy 4 of the Big 5 including Black Rhino, amazing birding (see Narina Trogon spotted last week) and beautifully unique bush accommodation at Mkhaya or up-close encounters with rare birds, aloes and small antelope in the historical and luxurious Reilly’s Rock?

Mkhaya Game Reserve 3 nights for 2 Offer

Mkhaya features intimate wildlife encounters with black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant, tsessebe and a wide variety of birds in pristine African bush –  a photographer’s paradise! Click on the images above to enlarge them and get a feel for the Mkhaya experience!

Package includes:
Mkhaya conservation entry fee
3 Nights Unique Semi-open Bush Accommodation
Hearty bush cuisine served beneath giant sausage tree
6 Swazi-guided open-Land Rover Game Drives
3 Swazi-guided Walking safaris

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Mkhaya 3 Night Offer Price: R3150pp sharing (SAVE: R1260pp)

Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge 3 nights for 2 Offer

A stay at Reilly’s Rock will allow you to experience close encounters with rare cycads, aloes and birds in a botanical garden where small antelope like suni roam. Don’t miss the Back to Africa Roan Antelope project, up-close bush baby encounters and panoramic views of Mlilwane’s game-studded plains…not to mention the stunning accommodation, beautiful evening meals served by your welcoming Swazi hosts in the original historical home of Swaziland’s conservation forerunners, the Reilly family. Click on the images above to enlarge them and get a feel for the Reilly’s Rock experience!

Package includes:

3 Nights Luxury Accommodation
Mlilwane  Wildlife Sanctuary Conservation Entry Fee
Delicious breakfasts with stunning views
Hearty dinners served by your welcoming Swazi Hosts
Access to the park’s hiking trails & swimming pool at rest camp

N.B. Wide range of additional activities bookable and payable on site
(such as game drives, bird walks, mountain biking, horse-riding)

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Reilly’s 3 Night Offer Price: R1490pp sharing SAVE: R745pp

BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

Call: +268 2528 3943

Email: reservations@biggameparks.org

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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

BGP Wildlife Photography Competition: WIN a night for two at Reilly’s!

Breakfast at Reilly's Rock

The Competition

During the month of August, Big Game Parks is hosting a wildlife photography competition open to all park visitors called ‘Wild Swaziland’ in celebration of the Kingdom’s rich biodiversity of wildlife. The winning photograph will be selected from a professional panel of experts including key members of our conservation and tourism departments, and will be displayed on our blog. The winner will receive a night for two at Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge – itself a photographer’s paradise, inclusive of Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary conservation entry fee, dinner, bed and breakfast.

Two Runners-up also stand the chance of winning a Guided Mountain Bike Trail at Hlane Royal National Park and a Chubeka Horse Trail Experience at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

The three lucky prize winners will be notified by email and announced on the company’s blog BGPBLOG.ORG in September.

How to Enter

To be in with a chance of winning simply submit a photo you’ve taken at any of our three parks: Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or Mkhaya Game Reserve within the month of August along with the information stipulated below to our marketing department.

To enter please send the following via email to: marketing@biggameparks.org

  • The Image(s) – maximum of 3 pictures per person as .JPG files not exceeding 300KB
  • Title of image & date taken
  • Name, Surname, Country & telephone number of Photographer
  • Location of Image (e.g. Hlane Royal National Park, Mkhaya Game Reserve, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary)
  • The ticket number found on your conservation entrance ticket (if photo was taken at Mkhaya please indicate booking reference number)

The Prize

WINNER:

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!

RUNNERS-UP:

Guided Mountain Bike Trail for two at Hlane Royal National Park

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.

Chubeka Horse Trails Experience for two at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Enjoy a guided hourly horseback trail through Big Game Parks’ stunning Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary where you 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.

Swaziland in Spring: Birding & Botany Blooms.

Birds at Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge

As Swaziland springs into life; local, regional and international visitors flock to its game studded plains to experience some of Southern Africa’s best birding and botany bloom.

 

 

 

BGP Birding & Botany Attractions

Hlane Royal National Park

Home to the largest herds of game in Swaziland with four of the Big 5 including Lion, Hlane also boasts a wide range of flora and fauna which attracts avitourists and botanists alike.

For budding botanists, the park has been rated as having one of the best examples of Knobthorn Acacia nigresens in Southern Africa which still blooms into spring while the bright yellow variety of Gloriosa Spinosadoes and Fireball Lily Scadoxis multiflorus light up the skies later in the season.

Hlane also has the highest density of tree-nesting vultures in Southern Africa, according to Ara Monadjem, who also recorded that White-backed Vulture nesting sites are very specific to protected areas such as Hlane, literally ending along the fence line.  Avitourists often spot vultures nesting throughout spring on top of Hlane’s Acacia trees or whilst bathing in the Mbuluzi River.

Mkhaya Game Reserve

Game viewing tracks between indigenous trees allow intimate encounters with Elephant, White and Black Rhino, and a rich diversity of flora and fauna in this superb refuge for endangered animals – widely renowned as an exciting conservation success. Local guides share their knowledge on open Land Rover drives and walking safaris, providing superb photographic opportunities which attract bush, birding and botany enthusiasts.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Mlilwane is the Kingdom’s most popular eco-tourism destination with 24-hour gate access and a wide range of accommodation and dining options to suit every pocket and palate. Visitors are able to enjoy nature on horseback, mountain bikes, hiking trails and open 4×4 drives. Fantastic birding walks are offered where Black, Crowned and Fish eagles as well asSwaziland’s National Bird; the Purple-crested Turaco are often spotted. Aquatic species such as the Finfoot, White-fronted Bee-eater and around six species of Kingfisher can also be seen.

Recommended Accommodation for Birding & Botany Enthusiasts

 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.

Best for Bush Fanatics: Stone Camp

Swazi hospitality is a feature of Mkhaya Game Reserve’s Stone Camp, where traditional meals and dancing are enjoyed beneath a giant sausage tree before visitors retire along lantern-lit paths to their own semi-open stone and thatch cottages. Simple African Luxury at its very best.

Recommended Dining  for Birding & Botany Enthusiasts

 Hippo Haunt Restaurant at Mlilwane

The Hippo Haunt Restaurant at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary overlooks a beautiful hippo pool surrounded by stunning vegetation and an abundance of aquatic birds and wildlife. Visitors can savour delicious meals including game while gazing at the resident hippos and crocs on the terrace or on cooler days cozy up on a comfortable couch next to a fireplace indoors.