eSwatini: Walking, Safari and Culture Grade: Leisurely


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13 nights (11 nights in eSwatini)
Event Category:
Walking Holiday and Safari
Group size:
Minimum 7 Maximum 12
Holiday Dates
31 August - 13 September 2023
Walk Grade
£250 deposit

Discover the beauty and unique atmosphere of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) on this amazing holiday of a lifetime. There are 3 main elements that make this trip to eSwatini so special – the animals, the walking and the people.

eSwatini is one of the few places where walking safaris are encouraged and the close-up nature of this makes for an incredible experience. We will see zebra, hippo, impala and other wildlife in their natural habitat. For the bigger beasts, we will use the more traditional jeep method of transport hoping to spot elephant, rhino, giraffe, lion and more. The area is also host to a huge variety of birds. Away from the safari, we will walk in the highveld through the most stunning flora and fauna.

This holiday allows us the opportunity to meet local people who welcome us in to their places of work and villages. It is a truly important part of our stay to take this chance to see how the people of eSwatini live. It is a welcoming and friendly country and a great place to visit especially if this is your first trip to Africa.

Return flights from UK to Johannesburg included.

Itinerary (subject to change)

Thurs 31 Aug: Overnight flight to Johannesburg

Fri 1 Sept: Arrival and private transfer to eSwatini. Short orientation walk depending on arrival time.

Sat 2 Sept: Visit Mantenga village to find out about life in an eSwatini community. Afternoon walking safari in Milwane to see many species of wildlife and birds.

Sun 3 Sept: A morning walking safari in a different area of the reserve to see zebra. Free afternoon with optional mountain biking or horse-riding tour. Or simply relax at our base and enjoy watching the wild world go by.

Mon 4 Sept: Drive to Mkhaya Game Reserve. En-route we will visit Gone Rural to find about women’s lives here in eSwatini and then on to see candles being made – time for shopping too. Once at Mkhaya there will be an afternoon game drive to see, among others, elephant and rhino.

Tues 5 Sept: An early morning and a late afternoon game drive in search of more wildlife. In between there is the opportunity to learn how to track wildlife and to visit a local hide to observe animals making use of a nearby watering hole.

Wed 6 Sept: On our way to Hlane, we stop at a local school supported by Sense Africa. There will be time to chat or play with the children before heading off for a sundowner safari to see elephant, rhino and lion.

Thurs 7 Sept: Early morning rhino drive by jeep and, if possible, on foot. On to Mbuluzi Game Reserve for a full day’s walking in pristine bush-veld where it is possible to walk with giraffe among other things!

Fri 8 Sept: Walk in Shewula, the first community eco-tourism project in eSwatini. Be guided by the local people as we explore life in this unique place.

Sat 9 Sept: Travel to Forrester’s Arms with afternoon walk throught the plantations.

Sun 10 Sept: Walk in the Malolotja Nature Reserve, a prime highveld conservation area.

Mon 11 Sept: Visit visit Ngwenya mine, the oldest mine in the world and then on to the local glass factory.

Tues 12 Sept: Return journey to Johannesburgh for flight home

Wed 13 Sept: Arrive home after overnight flight.

If you are interested in this holiday, there is a fuller itinerary available on request. Please email us for details.

This holiday is run by Sense Earth and your booking will be directly with them. Sense Earth’s terms and conditions will apply and they will be sent to you in advance of booking.

BOOKING INFORMATION: For further information or to book please contact Jenny Bowen: Please mention Her on a Hill when booking. Thank you.

£3670 in a single occupancy ensuite room / £320 discount per person in a twin ensuite room Price includes ATOL protected return flights to Johannesburg and all aspects of the trip as per full itinerary.
The walks are around 5 miles on some days. They are taken at a leisurely pace especially in the wildlife areas where there is much to see.  There are opportunities to extend the walks on some days if required.
3 nights hotel. 8 nights safari hut /stone camp accommodation. All accommodation is chosen for its unique character and comfort.
Jenny Bowen of Sense Africa. Jenny is the UK expert on Eswatini having spent 20 years working and travelling there. She has supported many local projects and is a highly respected authority on the country. She is also a lovely, funny, genuine person who will make this the trip of a lifetime.
The holiday starts and ends in Johannesburg. ATOL prtotected flights are included in the cost of the holiday. Flights from the UK are organised by Sense Earth and carriers can be requested but this may affect the price. It is possible to reserve seats on flights.