Big Game Parks Quiet Season Specials

QSS Info Sheet Rack-page-001Save up to 30% off on accommodation on Big Game Parks’ Quiet Season Specials at Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctaury including Reillys Rock Hilltop Lodge and Mkhaya Game Reserve when you stay  two nights or more from the 10th January 2016 to 20th March 2016. Entry is free for WILD card holders.

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

 

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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

Upgraded Camping Facilities at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Our new ablutions are opening this week!

The upgrade of Mlilwane’s camping facilities began in 2009 with the conversion of the casual camping grounds into 20 individual leveled sites, each with their dedicated braai stand, electricity points and some with a shared water source.

In 2013, the Rest Camp fenced off a few areas in front of the campsite in order to establish indigenous trees and plants in front of the Eucalypt forest.  This required game-proof fencing and enrichment of the dead soil with home-grown compost (thanks to Chubeka Trails).  Despite the sorry state of the eucalyptus-drained soil, the gardens are growing well.  In time, the newly established trees will provide shade and we look forward to cutting back the Eucalyptus and establishing more indigenous trees, but for now, shade for campers is important.  The Eucalyptus forest is also a very effective sound barrier from the sometimes noisy House on Fire across the valley, so removing it entirely is not planned.  The trees planted include various Acacia for soft shade and not to obstruct the view, Natal Figs for dense shade and to attract fruit-eating birds as well as Coral Trees to attract our numerous nectar-feeding sunbirds.  Gardenias, Aloes and Iboza have been planted for variety, colour and additional wildlife attraction.

 

The great finale has just been completed! Mlilwane has built an amazingly spacious, highly anticipated new ablution and wash up facility just behind the leveled sites, removing the need to trudge to the old ablutions.  The building has purposely been sited in the Eucalyptus to reduce the number of trees and to be discreet.  Along the one side are the ablutions, separate facilities for ladies and gentlemen, each with 4 toilets and 4 showers, well spaced basins and lovely natural light complimenting the electric lighting, with water warmed by gas geysers.

Along the other side is a large DIY laundry and wash up area.  The laundry has concrete ironing tables, a long tiled concrete table and concrete washing basins with ample surface area.  The wash up area sports built in benches, large solid tables and wash up basins with decent space in between so that groups and families can co-exist happily.  In fact, if the weather comes in, this will be a fun place to congregate!

Happy camping at Mlilwane.

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

Mlilwane: The Best Base to Experience Umhlanga


The Umhlanga Reed Dance takes place from the 25th of August to its culmination on the 31st Agust 2015 (Main Day) at Ludzidzini Royal Residence in Lobamba. Stay at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary only 5km from Ludzidzini and experience this annual cultural explosion.

The week long annual event takes place at the end of August or the beginning of September. Over 60 000 maidens pay homage to Her Majesty iNdlovikazi, the Queen Mother by cutting and presenting her with Reed used to repair the windbreak( emaguma ) for her homestead.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctaury, located 5 km from Ludzidzini Royal Residence is the best base to experience this colourful traditional ceremony. Mlilwane has accommodation to suit every price point from backpacker accommodation at Sondzela Backpackers, to Mlilwane’s Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary‘s Rest Camp features a wide variety of accommodation suitable for families, groups as well as individual travelers and every price point. A t the heart of the Rest Camp are Rest Camp Huts; single room en-suite huts with close proximity to Hippo Haunt Restaurant or get a taste of traditional Swazi Living by beehive style hut (boguca) in one of 3 kraals, Nyala, Blesbok and Roan villages, each with 14 huts. These traditional huts have added luxury of en-suite bathroom with bedding and towels supplied. For larger family groups, Shonalanga Self Catering family cottage with its own private braai area and view of the Mlilwane plains is ideal. Lontweni Self-catering Rondavels also at Rest Camp are better suited for small families or couples alike.

For the traveler wild at heart, retire to our campsite which overlooks the Mhlambanyatsi valley and is adjacent to an ablution block with the added luxury of electricity points and laundry for your convenience.

Also located within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is a historic and luxury lodge called Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge, the birthplace of Swazi Nature conservation. Reilly’s is surrounded by  Botanical Gardens featuring rare aloes and cycads, threatened and endangered antelope as well as abundant bird-life. Reilly’s accommodation features the main house and 2 luxury en-suite rooms with 2 standard en suite rooms with a communal lounge as well as the breakfast terrace with spectacular views of Lobamba and the Ezulwini Valley. Reilly’s also has garden cottage with 2 standard en suite rooms sharing a small communal lounge.

There is little doubt that given its location, Sondzela Backpackers is the WILDest Backpackers in Swaziland. Set within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. A stay at Sondzela backpackers offers the priviledge  of being among Swazi Wildlife whilst also being perfectly placed to explore neighbouring attractions of Ezulwini and beyond. With a wide range of tolerant Game surrounding you including impala, nyala, zebra, warthog you can relax and take in the Sondzela landscape

Experience true Swazi culture, nature and hospitality at its very best at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Contact our central reservations office on T: +268 2528 3943 or email reservations@biggameparks.org for more information and to book.

Book A Laid -back Swazi Stay

Sondzela Backpackers
Sondzela Backpackers

There is little doubt that given its location, Sondzela Backpackers is the WILDest Backpackers in Swaziland.

Set within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, a stay at Sondzela Backpackers offers you the privilege of being amongst Swazi wildlife whilst also being perfectly placed to explore the neighbouring attractions of Ezulwini and beyond.

With a wide range of tolerant game surrounding you including impala, nyala, zebra,  and warthog, you can relax and take in the Sondzela landscape.