Big Game Parks at ITB Berlin 2012

BGP will be at stand Hall 20 Stand 113 at this year’s ITB Berlin at The Exhibition Grounds in Berlin from Tuesday 7 March to Sunday 11 March 2012.
We will be showcasing Hlane Royal National ParkMlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve as essential destinations in any African Itinerary.

Ideally located between Kruger National Park and Kwa-Zulu Natal as well as Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Maputo (see maps below), BGP’s wide variety of wildlife including the Big 5, alongside excellent management, makes it an essential destination for inclusion in any African Itinerary.


Does BGP Match My Requirements?

Benefits of using BGP:

  • Excellent Location
  • True Value For Money
  • Unparalleled Game Viewing
  • Easy Logistical Management
  • Famous Swazi Culture & Hospitality
  • Accommodation To Suit All Price Points
  • Wide Range Of Activity Add-Ons
Accommodation Options:
  • Camping/Caravanning
  • Overnight on hiking/horse-riding trails
  • Self-Catering
  • Cultural Beehive Huts
  • Rondavels
  • Family Cottages
  • Unique Bush Cottages
  • Luxury Lodge
Activity Options:
  • Sunrise, Midday, Sunset Game Drives
  • Game Walks
  • Bird Walks
  • Self-Drive
  • Cultural Visits
  • Mountain Biking
  • Horse Riding
Dining Options:
  • BBQ/Braai Areas
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Restaurants
  • Curio/Snack Shops
  • Conference/event/group dining package options
Corporate Options:
  • Conference/events facilities
  • Client retention packages
  • Teambuilding packages

Interested in adding BGP to your itinerary? Pop onto the stand to meet our Tourism Executive, Mike Richardson, who will be at show. If you’re unable to make the show but are still interested contact us and we’ll be in touch.


Hlane’s Homemade Cakes

Hlane Royal National Park has added more sweet deals to their offering.
Apart from the cakes you can enjoy at Hlane Restaurant, did you know that  you can now buy delicious, homemade special occasion cakes from Hlane Royal National Park?

What better way to say ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Thank you’, ‘Fare well’, ‘Well done’ or ‘Happy Anniversary’ and even ‘Be my Valentine’ than with an indulgent homemade cake. Affordable, homemade and ready within just two days of ordering!

By simply contacting Hlane Reception on +268 23838 8100, at least two days prior to the occasion to place your order, you can be the star of the show with our wonderful bakes.

Choose from our selection below:

• Cupcakes E3.00 per Cup Cake (Min. 10 Cakes)
• Small Sponge Cake E85.00 (Round Cake)
• Small Chocolate Cake E95.00 (Round Cake)
• Carrot Cake E90.00 (Ring Cake)
• Large Sponge Cake E110.00 (Square Cake)
• Large Chocolate Cake E120.00 (Square Cake)

How to Order
Please contact Hlane Reception to place your orders on +268 23838100 at least two days prior to the occasion.

Terms & Conditions
Please give at least two days notice prior to the occasion for your order.

You may just order your own cake at least two days prior to check-in date and enjoy our on-going Swazi Safari Specials ending on the 31st of March and Hlane’s discounted activities for the month of February where overnight guests can enjoy a 50% discount on all activities at Hlane. Day visitors enjoy a 25% discount on activities.

Order your Homemade special occasion cakes today!

Come Chat to Us at The Beeld Holiday Show 2012

Big Game Parks Marketing will be at The Beeld Holiday Show from 17th February to 19th of February 2012.

The annual show which attracts over 40 000 visitors during the week will be taking place at The Gallagher Estate in Midrand alongside All Things Bike.

We will be at Stand 02 together with Swaziland Tourism Authority and Swazi Trails promoting our Swazi Safari Specials and Hlane Royal National Park and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary as fabulous camping destinations within the Kingdom of Swaziland – the ideal family holiday destination.

Come chat to us, at The Beeld Holiday Show from 17 February-19 February 2012.

Christmas Lunch Winner!

Apart from great safari and outdoor experiences on offer, Big Game Parks is known for her sumptuous Christmas Lunches served at Hlane Royal National Park,  Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve every Christmas.

Last year’s Christmas Lunch was even bigger than before! By simply booking their Christmas Lunch with us, guests were entered into a competition to WIN an over night stay at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

With hundreds of entries from the different guests we had at the three parks, we have a winner! Mr Ray Dlamini who had lunch at Mlilwane’s Hippo Haunt Restaurant is our Christmas Lunch Competition winner.

Dlamini won himself an overnight stay at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary on a bed and breakfast basis for two.

Congratulations to Mr Ray Dlamini. We hope you enjoy your prize and experience at Mlilwane.

If you haven’t won on this occasion, keep your eyes glued on or your local newspapers for our regular competitions.

Meanwhile, you can still enjoy delicious meals with our wide range of dining options at our parks. With Valentine’s Day coming up, spoil your loved one more than dinner and spend a night with our Valentine’s Day Special  at Mkhaya Game Reserve and Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge.

Contact our central reservations for more information.

Swaziland’s Border Hours Extended

With less than 5 days  till Christmas, Swaziland’s Ministry of Home Affairs and its counterparts in South Africa have announced an extension of the operation hours for three major border posts into Swaziland. For the many returning students, workers and tourists these news brings a sigh of relief to most.

The three border posts that will have their hours extended during the festive season are the Ngwenya, Mahamba and Mananga Border Gates.

The scheduled extension hours are:

  • From the 12th to the 19th December 2011:  Ngwenya will run from 07h00 to 12h00 midnight.
  • From the 20th to the 24th December 2011:  Ngwenya will run for 24 hours.
  • From the 22nd to the 24th December 2011: Mahamba border post will run from 06h00 to 00h00 midnight.
  • From the 20th December 2011 to the 2nd of January 2012: Mananga border will run from 07h00 to 20h00.

All other border posts leading into Swaziland will not be affected by the extension and will operate as usual.

 Swazi Trails

Secretary Bird Spotted at Mlilwane

The Secretary Bird, known to Mlilwane’s groundsmen as rasta, has been spotted at Mlilwane.

This bird of prey, which can rise to 1.3m high, has been spotted walking about at Reilly’s Rock and the Roan Antelope enclosure.

First Katie, Marketing Manager, got excited when she saw it. She was followed by Nonzuzo, Mlilwane Camp Manager, and then soon Mlilwane was a buzz with news of this walking-vulture-like bird.

Nokulunga, from Marketing, took a break to capture this bird on camera.  She says it was for BGPBLOG.ORG but we know the hype had got to her too…

Next time you are around Mlilwane, look around, you might just spot this bird walking about!

Hlane Impresses at East3Route Excursion

Hlane Royal National Park hosted the final leg of the East 3 Route excursion on the 26th of October 2011.

The East3Route is an initiative by the governments of Swaziland, Mozambique and South Africa to promote and share tourism between the 3 countries.

 The excursion  had  a 250 strong delegation that consisted of  Ministers, media, tour operators and tourism stakeholders which included our very own tourism executive Mike Richardson, and celebrities travelling the three countries.

The last leg of the excursion which started in iSimangaliso Wetland Park and followed to Ponta do Ouro was at Hlane. And what a show stopper Hlane staff pulled!

 The 250 guests enjoyed a Sibhaca dance from BGP 2011 Dance Competition Champions on arrival.This was followed by a game drive where everyone was excited to see lion, elephant and white rhino among other animalsThey then enjoyed a delicious lunch served at the restaurant overlooking the watering hole.

The Minister for Tourism in Swaziland, Macford Sibandze, also gave speech highlighting the Kingdom of Swaziland and the tourism industry and investment opportunities abundant in the Kingdom.

 The excursion was concluded by a Black-tie Gala Dinner at the Royal Swazi Sun Convention Centre attended by our marketing department.

 The guests really enjoyed their short stay at Hlane especially the game drive and hospitality they received there.