Big Game Parks 2015/16 Festive Season Procedures

family of logosHlane 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 wildlife and fellow guests.  EcoTourism 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 the high levels of disturbance and numerous refunds paid to unhappy overnight guests over Christmas 2014, 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.
  • Day Visitors will be required to leave the Rest Camp by 17h00 between 20 December and 5 January
  • 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
  • The number of Day Visitor vehicles allowed into the parks will be restricted on 25th December, 26th December and 1st Notices will be erected at the turn off when capacity is reached.  Big Game Parks reserves the right to restrict entry during Peak Season.
  • Conservation (entry) fees will be as follows:
    • E40,00 per adult & E20 per child during High Season (18-24 Dec & 28-30 Dec)
    • E60,00 per adult & E30 per child during Peak Season (25-27 Dec & 31 Dec-3 Jan) – Restricted access applies
    • Normal Rates apply through the rest of the months of December and January, with exception of the above dates
    • 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. 

Wishing all our guests a fabulous Festive Season!

To book contact our Central Reservations Office on +268 2528 3943 or email reservations@biggameparks.org

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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

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

#Nailit4RHINOS Campaign: 1st – 22nd September 2015

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World Rhino Day is on the 22nd September every year. This day is celebrated worldwide. 2015 marks the fifth year that the world will commemorate this day.

Nail it for Rhinos

The Rhino Horn is made from a substance called Keratin; the same material found in human nails. The Rhino is an endangered species which is continentally in crisis of extinction. The Swazi Community can help take a stand to save the rhino by getting involved with the Nail it for Rhinos Campaign.  All they have to do is get creative with their nails from the 1st of September 2015. World Rhino Day is on Tuesday the 22nd September and the eventual winner will be announced on Social Media on the 22nd.They can colour them, Shape them or Fake them; then take selfies (with the highlight of the picture being their nail craft) and share them on our official Big Game Parks instagram, facebook and twitter handles with the caption #NailItForRhinos.

 

The most creative participant will walk away with:

  • One night for 2 people at Hlane Royal National Park plus a Rhino Game Drive.
  • We invite salons to participate by offering a manicure/pedicure prize along side this to stimulate more interest – We hope that if the client wins, the salon owner can join the winner on the game drive and offer the prize at her salon. The prize will be redeemed at the winner’s salon, so only if your client wins, will your prize be taken up.

 

  • The winner will be “The most effective artwork seen in photo” selected from social media posts. This means the artwork must stimulate interest as a great rhino ambassador.

 

How to enter:

  • Design & paint your #Nailit4RHINO nails (Both Men and Women eligible)
  • Photograph your nails creatively
  • Share on your social media platforms and tag:
    • @biggamparks (twitter)
    • @BigGameParks (Insta)
    • Big Game Parks (FB)
    • #Nailit4RHINO
    • Your Salon’s name
    • Your own handle
  • Most effective artwork seen in photo wins – T&C’s apply

Day Two: A Chance to Explore Hlane Royal National Park

expedition africaBegin your second day of Expedition Africa with a guided Sunup cycle and return for breakfast at our open air restaurant, facing the waterhole frequently visited by Elephant and Rhino at Ndlovu Camp. After breakfast, this is a time for you to explore Hlane Royal National Park in a self drive and then conclude your day with a rest at Ndlovu Camp’s stunning accommodation.

 

Daily conservation fee is E40-00 per person. Free entry with a WILD card

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 reservations@biggameparks.org

A Chance To See Swaziland’s Big Five

Beautiful pictures of a herd of Elephants taken at Hlane Royal National Park in the mist at the waterhole at Ndlovu Camp. Did you know……..  In Swaziland, Elephants can only be viewed at Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve?

Book for a Game Drive at Hlane Royal National Park or a Day Tour at Mkhaya Game Reserve and have close encounters with Elephant and other animal species.

For bookings email reservations@biggameparks.org or  call +268 2528 3943/4