eSwatini: Scenic Beauty, Rich Traditions

Eswatini enthralls visitors with its magnificent natural scenery blanketed in indigenous forests, unique ecosystems, and vibrant Swati culture. Hike sandstone cliffs and winding trails for panoramic mountain vistas. Stop at secluded waterfalls and admire colorful endemic flora. Visit traditional Swati homesteads to experience centuries-old customs and rituals. At night, unwind by a fire under an endless Milky Way scattered with stars. Eswatini provides an authentic taste of Africa.

Top destinations include Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary with hippos, antelope and rich birdlife, the stunning Ezulwini Valley known as the “Valley of Heaven,” Malolotja Nature Reserve’s scenery and hiking trails, and Mkhaya Game Reserve protecting rhino and other wildlife.

Eswatini enjoys a temperate year-round climate though it can be cooler in the winter months of May to August. The summer months of October to April are warmer with increased chances of rain. Wildlife viewing is good year-round though winters are cooler in the highland reserves.

Activities range from guided hikes through nature reserves to walking ancient trails used by past kings. Visit Swati cultural villages to learn about traditional lifestyles. Shop for colorful textiles and handicrafts in local markets. Enjoy mountain biking, birdwatching, stargazing, and more.

From guest houses to nature lodges, Eswatini offers wonderful accommodation options set among beautiful natural surroundings. Highlights include intimate traditional cottages, relaxing spas, and rooms with scenic views of rolling hills. Warm Swati hospitality enhances any stay.

For classic safaris, head to Mkhaya Game Reserve or Hlane Royal National Park to spot the Big Five including rhinos, elephants and lions. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary hosts antelope, warthogs, crocodiles and more with stunning mountain backdrops. Diverse wildlife abounds across Eswatini’s protected habitats.

Join Me in Zimbabwe in May 2025!

A unique adventure through Africa’s untamed beauty in May 2025. On this 9-night itinerary we will start with a stay in Victoria Falls and then explore two world-renowned areas of wonderful Zimbabwe: Hwange National Park and Lake Kariba.

Staying at two legendary camps, Bomani and Musango, we will get to experience the thrill of the wilderness in two very different ways.

“This small-group safari, limited to just six guests, is designed to ensure a truly immersive adventure for those with limited time but very high expectations.” – Andy Higgs

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