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

Tried the Rock of Execution Challenge yet?

Central Reservation Staff
Central Reservation Staff

Take the challenge today and ascend the slopes of Swaziland’s infamous Rock of Execution on horseback! Wildlife viewing gives you an unmatched opportunity to be at the one with nature, riding majestically alongside Zebra, Wildebeest, Nyala and more on Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary‘s beautiful plains. Our Central Reservations Office staff took on the challenge last Friday. Here they are seen cutting through the plains from Mlilwane‘s Rest Camp towards Nyonyane Mountain.

Big Game Parks’ Swazi Safari Winter Specials

Big Game Parks Winter Specials
Big Game Parks Winter Specials

Big Game Parks’  Swazi Safari Winter Specials have started!  Beat those winter blues and save up to 30% on select accommodation from 1 May 2013 to  15 July 2013 at Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, including Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge, and Mkhaya Game Reserve.

Do not forget to bring your Wild Card for free entry into The Kingdom of Swaziland’s Big Game Parks

For Further Information & Bookings:
• Call: +268 2528 3943
• Email: reservations@biggameparks.org

Visit our website :www.biggameparks.org

Horse Riding Trails at The Kingdom of Swaziland’s Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Chubeka Trails
Chubeka Trails

Experience Swaziland’s Outdoor Lovers’ Paradise and stunning flora and fauna on the back of an expertly trained horse within the Kingdom’s very first nature reserve, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

Popularly known as the Kingdom’s number one eco-tourism destination, become at one with nature while riding majestically and view the breathtaking surroundings of Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the heart of Swaziland’s main tourist hub, the beautiful Ezulwini Valley.

Through Chubeka Trails, Big Game ParksMlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary offers over 30 wonderful well-trained horses for all levels of riders (whether beginner, intermediate or advanced) including guided hourly, daily, overnight and multi-day horse riding trails.

Why not try sleeping overnight in a cave which features original San Bushman paintings on Chubeka Trails Overnight Cave Trail, or venture to a historic mountain, where some unfortunate souls in history met their untimely end when being pushed of the peak, on the Rock of Execution Challenge Trail.

After enjoying horse riding within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, you can also make use of other park facilities within the Mlilwane Rest Camp such as the beautiful swimming pool, Braai/bbq areas or Hippo Haunt Restaurant or try one of the many other activities available.

Wild Card
Wild Card

Did you know…The Kingdom of Swaziland’s Big Game Parks (BGP): Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve are part of the Wild Card Program which allows members free entry into a wide selection of game reserves within southern Africa? So for FREE entry into Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary from where these horse trails activities depart, don’t forget your valid Wild Card!
For Further Information & Bookings:
• Call: +268 2528 3943
• Email: reservations@biggameparks.org
• Visit: www.biggameparks.org/chubeka

Visitor Announcement

Chubeka Trails

With rainy season and the African Horse Sickness period now upon us, please contact our Central Reservations department to check the availability of activities/park access in the event of wet weather, and horse riding availability during 10th September – 12th November.

Activities/Park Access in the Event of Wet Weather

As we now enter the rainy season, it is advisable to check park road conditions and activity availability in the event of wet weather before entering the parks to avoid disappointment.  Our Central Reservations department can be contacted on +268 2528 3943/4 or via email on enquiries@biggameparks.org.

Limited Horse Riding Availability (10th September-12th November)

We are unfortunately approaching the time of year when the dreaded disease ‘African Horse Sickness’ is most prevalent. We therefore need to vaccinate our herd of horses, and the vaccination period will be 10th September- 12th November. During this period, the horses must not sweat and therefore their workloads will be reduced with the following associated limitations on Chubeka Trail bookings:

• Any rides longer than 2hrs (e.g. Rock of Execution Challenge)
• Overnight Cave Trail
• The Klipspringer Trail
• Most experienced riders  will not be able to be accommodated during this period
• On most hot days, trails will not be able to be booked between 11am and 2pm

Please check with reception for availability and information on trails before booking.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.

The Chubeka Trails Team