MOZAMBIQUE & SWAZILAND
Swaziland, a small, landlocked monarchy in southern Africa, is known for its wilderness reserves and festivals showcasing traditional Swazi culture. Marking its northeastern border with Mozambique and stretching down to South Africa, the Lebombo Mountains are a backdrop for Mlawula Nature Reserve’s many hiking trails. Nearby Hlane Royal National Park is home to diverse wildlife including lions, hippos and elephants.
Mozambique is a southern African nation whose long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like the Pontas, as well as offshore marine parks. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, a 250km stretch of coral islands, mangrove-covered Ibo Island has colonial-era ruins surviving from a period of Portuguese rule. The Bazaruto Archipelago farther south has reefs which protect rare marine life including dugongs.
Day 1 Malolotja
Meet up in Baberton from where we will proceed to Diepgezet, an old and abandoned ghost town. Time has stood still in this little town and gives you a glimpse in time of what old mine towns looked like. From there we will enter Zwaziland through the Josephsdal border post and visit the Bulembo Cable station and old museum.
Malolotja Nature Reserve includes over 18 000 hectares of mountain wilderness in the north-west of Swaziland. The reserve provides protected wetland, woodland, highveld grassland and mistbelt forest habitats for a wide variety of plant and animal life.
Day 2 & 3 Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is in the Ezulwini Valley of central Swaziland, south of the city of Mbabane. Its grassy southern plains are home to animals such as antelopes and zebras, as well as many birds. Several trails and tracks suitable for horses run up Nyonyane Mountain to the craggy summit known as Execution Rock. The Nyakato viewpoint overlooks Mantenga waterfall and the Usushwana Valley below.
We will also visit Ngwenya Glass Factory. Here a small group of Swazi craftsmen and women – with age old artistry – breathe life into enchanting interpretations of the animals and birds of Africa, imbuing each with its own irresistible personality. Witness first-hand the magical art of glassblowing from an overhead balcony. Each item handmade from 100 % recycled glass! Browse around the adjoining showroom which is well stocked and purchase your little memento of a truly African visit to the Swazi Kingdom.
Day 4 Hlane Royal National Park
“Held in Trust for the Nation by His Majesty King Mswati lll”
Hlane Royal National Park was proclaimed as a National Park in 1967, following Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (1961), under instruction of King Sobhuza ll. “Hlane” is the siSwati name for ‘wilderness’.
Hlane is an affordable lowveld destination with exciting species lists including impressive ancient hardwood habitats, big game and rich birdlife. This 22,000 ha park, once the region’s rich hunting grounds, still boasts the largest herds of game in the Kingdom with speciality species being lion, elephant, vultures and marabou stork. This is the crown jewel in the Swazi wildlife crown.
Day 5, 6 & 7 Tan ‘n Biki
We will cross into Mozambique and visit the fish market before proceeding to Macaneta. The prawns and fish are what dreams are made of and we will buy and they will prepare a feast for us while sipping on some traditional R&R.
Nestled in the dunes of the gorgeous Mozambican peninsula island of Macaneta, Tan ‘n Biki offers a one stop holiday destination for visitors hungry to take in the beauty of the Mozambique coastline. Macaneta offers pristine beaches, whale watching, game fishing and it is also home to the delicate breeding grounds of the giant leatherback turtle.
Day 8, 9 & 10 Ponta Malongane
Less than 10 kilometres from the Kosi Bay border post. Once there, you eat spicy chicken and just-caught prawns, thank the waiters in Portuguese – obrigado – buy fresh pão (bread) and sip on R&Rs (rum and a splash of raspberry) without converting any currency. This is our last stop on the Swazi and Mozambique odyssey.