eSwatini: Walking, Safari and Culture Grade: Leisurely
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.
Itinerary (subject to change)
Wed 7 Sept: Overnight flight to Johannesburg
Thurs 8 Sept: Arrival and private transfer to eSwatini. Short orientation walk depending on arrival time.
Fri 9 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.
Sat 10 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.
Sun 11 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.
Mon 12 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.
Tues 13 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.
Wed 14 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!
Thurs 15 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.
Fri 16 Sept: Travel to Forrester’s Arms with afternoon walk throught the plantations.
Sat 17 Sept: Walk in the Malolotja Nature Reserve, a prime highveld conservation area.
Sun 18 Sept: Visit visit Ngwenya mine, the oldest mine in the world and then on to the local glass factory.
Mon 19 Sept: Return journey to Johannesburgh for flight home
Tues 20 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.