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

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.

Sondzela’s Got a New Look

Sondzela Backpackers has been undergoing renovations since July this year and we are please to let you know that we are almost done! The project to refurbish the Rolls Royce of  Backpackers started in July this year. Our crew has been working tirelessly over the past few months to make Swaziland’s WILDest backpackers even prettier for our visitors.

Located within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in the Ezulwini ‘Valley of Heavens’, Sondzela offers guests access to all of Mlilwane’s activities which include mountain bike trails (bikes can be hired for self-guided/guided tours), horse-riding, cultural tours and game/bird viewing activities.

With a swimming pool within a stunning garden, great value-home cooked venison and a FREE shuttle to Malandela’s and Mahlanya, Sondzela really is a safe, lovely and peaceful base to chill. And now that it has a new look, the best just got better.

Whether you are visiting us this festive season or stopping by for a day or two, come and see our new look, the resident ostrich and warthogs, game-studded plains and all that makes Sondzela the Rolls Royce of backpackers.

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

Quote MKWILD to access promotion special price when booking

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)

Quote RRWILD to access promotion special price when booking

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


Call: +268 2528 3943


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:

  • 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


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!


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.