eSwatini: Tap into the heartbeat of this African kingdom with a 7-day, 4x4 adventure

2018-07-26 12:54 - In Partnership with Bhejane Adventures
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Four swazi women sitting on a mountain overlooking

Discover eSwatini - visa-free travel fro South Africans. (Photo: eSwatini Tourism)

  • When: 5 - 10 November 2018
  • Where:  eSwathini and surrounds
  • What: 6 night / 7 day adventure (tented accommodation) 
  • Cost: R 8,125 (ex vat) per person (children under 10 @ 50%) 
  • Contact: Tel/Fax: 044 535 9033 or 

 The Adventure

Experience the heartbeat, culture and rhythm of the Kingdom of eSwatini, formerly Swaziland from the Ezulwini Valley  - “place of heaven”, through the Lowveld region of Hlane and all the way to the mountains surrounding Phophonyane.  

The history of nature conservation in Swaziland is indeed inspiring. To experience and to see the results of committed people’s dreams is a privilege; an example for many other countries.

This Swaziland experience offers rapid scenery changes, breathtaking views and a heartwarming culture. 

READ MORE: Why Swaziland is now 'Kingdom of eSwatini' + 13 countries that have been renamed 

A 7-day bushwhacking adventure through ESwathini,

(Photo: Bhejane Adventures

TRAVEL PLANNING: Quick Guide to eSwatini (formerly Swaziland): Visa-free travel for South Africans 

The Team

Your tour leader is an experienced nature conservationist and adventure guide. He will be in radio contact with you at all times and impart a wealth of biological, cultural, historic and four-wheel drive knowledge.

Three meals a day will be prepared by our experienced bush chef in his mobile kitchen, with fresh salads, potjiekos, braais and many other surprises appearing on the menu. The good old “koffie pot” will be on the fire from six till late. 

Our logistics crew will pitch and take down the camps at all the overnight stops we visit. Tents and tables are provided by Bhejane Adventures. This is not a very “technical” 4x4 trip, but should you experience any difficulty, the Bhejane crew do have the “know how” and recovery equipment to assist with off-road problems. 

Though our bush-camps may be rustic, you will always be safe, the crew will spare no effort to make you comfortable, provide you with good wholesome food and, most importantly, see that you have a good time.

eSwathini bushwhacking experience for South Africa

(Photo: Bhejane Adventures)

Bhejane supplies/provides

  • All camp fees
  • All park entrance fees
  • All advertised activities 
  • Bhejane Adventures provides all the tents, cutlery and crockery
  • Coffee & Tea – all day every day whilst in camp What you need to bring/provide
  • Your vehicle & fuel
  • Your own mattresses and/or stretcher and sleeping bags and pillows
  • Your own fold-up chairs
  • Your own drinks and in-between snacks
  • Your own out of country / medical emergency and evacuation insurance cover
  • Your own border crossing fees and road taxes Adventure Itinerary

eSwathini bushwhacking experience for South Africa

(Photo: Bhejane Adventures)

READ MORE:  5 First impressions of Swaziland from a SA traveller

Day 1

Our tour starts at Mlilwane Nature Reserve campsite. The name Mlilwane (“place of small fires”) refers to fires on the Mlilwane hill, started by lightning.  The sterling conservation efforts of the famous Riley family began here and over the next few days you will enjoy the fruits of their efforts. 

There will be ample time to settle in and explore the camp, before we meet at the campfire to enjoy an outstanding Bhejane dinner.

Day 2 - Mlilwane Nature Reserve and the surrounding Ezulwini valley 

Today we explore the Mlilwane Nature Reserve and the surrounding Ezulwini valley. We follow a 4x4 route into the hills surrounding Nyonyane Mountain and visit the “Rock of execution”.

A hearty brunch sets us on our way to visit various attractions and activities in and around the Mlilwane Reserve, including candle makers, mat weavers and other handmade works that Swaziland is famous for.  

Day 3 - Tap into the friendly Swazi lifestyle and culture

After breakfast we visit a local, functioning traditional village, where we experience the friendly Swazi culture and get better acquainted with the traditional Swazi lifestyle. Proceeds from our visit are utilized for an education program and an orphanage.

From here we head east, passing Manzini (the second largest urban center in Swaziland), towards the Lowveld region of Swaziland, where Hlane Royal National Park will be our home for the next two nights.

eSwathini bushwhacking experience for South Africa

(Photo: Bhejane Adventures)

Day 4 - Hlane Royal National Park 

We spend some time in Hlane enjoying the wildlife and birdlife in this magical area. Hlane Royal National Park is home to the largest breeding colony of White-backed vultures in Southern Africa.

Late afternoon we go on an open vehicle game drive and continue our search for wildlife including white Rhino, elephant and lion.

Day 5 -  “The Gap” in the Nkomazi River 

Today, a scenic 4x4 route will take us across mountains where the only signs of civilization are a few cattle and roads less travelled. We enjoy lunch in the cool mountain air, enjoying breathtaking views. After lunch we make our way to a breathtaking geological phenomena, better known as “The Gap” in the Nkomazi River. From the parking area, a short hike takes us to the river. The last stretch towards our campsite takes us through local villages and more breathtaking scenery.

Day 6 - Phophonyane Falls 

After another hearty breakfast, we head towards Phophonyane Falls. Here we will have the opportunity to hike alongside a magnificent waterfall rumbling down a massive granite rock face. Beautiful riverine forest holds potential for some great birding opportunities. After lunch we head back towards camp and enjoy views of Maguga Dam before we go on a sunset boat cruise.

Dinners on the last evening of Bhejane tours are always special and our chefs will again not disappoint you. We will have ample time to reflect on our tour experiences around the fire.

Day 7 - Final day before heading home

Sadly, after breakfast it’s time for goodbyes, but there will still be time to enjoy some more of the scenery that the Kingdom of Swaziland has to offer.

READ MORE: Travel With A Purpose: The Fight For Clean Water In The Forgotten Corners Of SA 

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