Welcome to Eswatini

Africa's wildlife wonderland

September 2 - September 13, 2024

Welcome to Eswatini

Search for Africa’s incredible Big 5 with a sensory safari in small-but-mighty Eswatini. We’ll hear the roar of mighty lions, feel the sun-baked African earth beneath our feet, and enjoy the thrill of riding among herds of zebra on horseback. Alongside unforgettable animal encounters, we’ll also visit traditional villages where we’ll meet the local Swazi people and discover a colourful culture where centuries-old ceremonies are still very much a part of everyday life.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover Eswatini's astonishing wildlife on several 4x4 safaris
  • Ride on horseback through the African bush
  • Meet the local Swazi people and learn about their culture
  • Enjoy a multi-sensory walking safari through a wildlife paradise
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  • Dates & Prices

    The prices shown below include return transport from a specified UK departure point. If you are travelling from outside of the UK, please .

    September 2 - September 13, 2024 (12 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £3799 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £2899 Contact us for availability

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return transport and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 3199 GBP Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: 2299 GBP Contact us for availability

    Four giant African elephants are walking across the bush and red earth.
  • Traditional African face masks carved out of wood and painted yellow.

    What's Included

    • UK price includes return flights from London Heathrow, including hold baggage and transfers
    • 3 nights accommodation in the Foresters Arms Hotel at Mbabane
    • 3 nights accommodation in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary at Mlilwane
    • 3 nights accommodation in Ndlovu Camp at Hlane
    • All breakfasts
    • All lunches
    • All dinners
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Tour of a local homestead
    • through the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Horse riding through the wildlife reserve
    • Learning bird call workshop
    • Swazi candles visit
    • Mlilwane game drive
    • Skulls interactive lesson
    • Hlane game drive
    The shadowed silhouette of a rhino and typical savannah tree as the sun sets over the African bush

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Monday 2nd September

Fly to Johannesburg, South Africa

Tuesday 3rd September

After arriving in Johannesburg, we’ll be met by our transfer vehicle at the airport and cross the border into Eswatini. We’ll check into our unique roundhouse accommodation at the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Arranged in a semi-circle, these beehive-shaped huts have the feel of traditional Emaswati homesteads complete with Emaswati kraal fencing.

We’ll have an afternoon at leisure to rest, relax, or take a stroll through the wildlife-filled grounds that surround the accommodation.

In the evening, we’ll meet for dinner where we can get to know each other and learn more about Eswatini from our guide. Dinner will be enjoyed in the Hippo House restaurant which overlooks a birding watering hole – a great introduction to Eswatini’s wildlife while we eat.

Dinner included. Overnight in Mlilwane.

Wednesday 4th September

We’ll begin our African adventure with a nature walk through Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in the Ezulwini Valley, this huge game reserve is backed by towering mountains and the leafy Usutu Forest. We’ll cross the lush landscapes below the soft green hills and hear the calls of nearby animals such as zebra, wildebeest, hippo, and exotic birds grazing on the plains.

Later, we’ll embark on a safari that focuses on the conservation efforts underway in Mlilwane and the reintroduction of species into Eswatini.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Mlilwane.

Thursday 5th September

The highlight of today is a horseback ride through the African bush. After grooming and saddling our own horses, we’ll embark on a trail through this stunning nature reserve and experience the thrill of riding through herds of zebra. In the afternoon, there’ll be more wildlife encounters during a guided walking safari that takes us by watering holes where big game animals come to quench their thirst.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Mlilwane.

Friday 6th September

After breakfast, we’ll leave Mlilwane behind and make our way to Mbabane. Along the way, we’ll stop at a local craft market to discover how Swazi candles are made in a community-owned business. We can feel the wax and find out how it’s sculpted into animal shapes.

In the afternoon, there’ll be a visit to a nearby basket-weaving workshop. Our senses will be heightened by the smell of lutindzi grass and the musical sing-song voices of the Swazi women as they prepare orders to be shipped to all parts of the world. Later, we’ll check in to the Foresters Arms, comfortable lodge-style accommodation set within extensive, beautiful gardens rich in native flowers and trees.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Mbabane.

Saturday 7th September

Today, we’ll spend our morning walking in Malolotja Nature Reserve, a mountain wilderness on the northwest border with South Africa. We’ll learn about ancient tracking techniques from our guide, and, with any luck, we’ll spot some of the park’s wildlife. The reserve is home to zebra, wildebeest, reedbuck, leopard, and more.

Later, there’ll be a visit to the Ngwenya glass factory, a business committed to using locally sourced materials in production of its high-quality glass products. There will be ample time to browse the shops for souvenirs.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Mbabane.

Sunday 8th September

This morning there’s the chance to experience a church service, listen to the singing, and even join in! It’s then time to take a tour of a local village rarely visited by tourists.

The Swazi people here live off the land using traditional farming methods and celebrate a culture that has barely changed in centuries. Welcomed into a typical mud-brick homestead by a local family, we’ll listen to enchanting fables and learn about their way of life.

Dinner is a highlight of the day. A real feast for the senses, we’ll dine on a seven course taster-menu, which cleverly combines traditional flavours and modern style using quality local ingredients.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included. Overnight in Mbabane.

Monday 9th September

Today we’ll venture to Hlane Royal National Park, home to the largest herds of game in Eswatini including the undisputed King of the Jungle, the mighty African lion. Our accommodation will be located next to a watering hole which local wildlife frequent. During the dry season, a zoo-worthy assortment of animals gathers here giving us a great chance of spotting elephant, white rhino, zebra, and prides of lion.

On our way to this African wildlife haven, we’ll be stopping off at a school for vision-impaired children to meet staff and pupils. It promises to be a moving cultural exchange. Arriving in Hlane in time for lunch, the afternoon is free to use as you choose. Relax or explore the local area before we end the day with a sunset safari.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Hlane.

Tuesday 10th September

There’s an opportunity today to visit a Sangoma, a very powerful person in Swazi culture who is believed to possess miraculous healing powers and the ability to foresee the future.

We will take a walk around the community before enjoying a traditional lunch prepared by the ladies at Shewula. Shewula Mountain Camp is the first community eco-tourism project in Eswatini and one of the most successful in the whole of southern Africa. The camp is fully owned and run by the community, meaning that all profits are shared to help develop and improve this impoverished area.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Hlane.

Wednesday 11th September

Today will be a free day. For those who wish to, there’ll be an opportunity to learn more about local wildlife and handle a collection of fossils. There’ll be a talk about Eswatini’s conservation programme and a hands-on insight into how snares are used by illegal poachers, and the tireless work of the anti-poaching team to combat them.

There’s an optional excursion to the Mahlindza Waterhole where a bird hide overlooks a stretch of water where enormous herds of impala and other ungulates congregate. This safari will take us extremely close to some of the nation’s finest big game and will be the last we share in this wildlife-packed African landscape.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included. Overnight in Hlane.

Thursday 12th September

Transfer to the airport and journey home.

Breakfast included.

Friday 13th September

Arrive back into the UK.

If you are a UK passport holder you do not need a visa for Eswatini or South Africa, however you do need at least 3 months left on your passport after the date you arrive and 4 blank pages available.

Any other passport holder please check the relevant requirements.