The Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) is a new and exciting destination for horse riders - with its diverse terrain, accommodation and Swazi culture, you'll be immersed in the real Africa.
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across a transition zone between middle-veld (grassland savannah) and high-veld (mountains) providing an ever-changing landscape. Along the water courses you may see hippo, crocodile, fish eagle and many more water birds. Across the plains you'll get close to wildebeest, zebra, nyala, roan antelope, blesbuck and impala as well as the ever-entertaining warthogs. Originally a commercial farm and tin mine, Mlilwane was the first conservation area in Eswatini and has many intriguing historical points of interest, from the tin mines themselves to Bushman Caves. On horseback you will be able to appreciate how nature has reclaimed the land once utilised by humans.
After exploring Mlilwane you head to Hlane Royal National Park to focus on the larger species from a vehicle or on foot. Hlane has the highest density of tree-nesting vultures recorded, hence these fascinating birds have a strong presence. There are also elephant, white rhino, lion and giraffe to search for.
You then continue to Mkhaya Game Reserve - Eswatini's Refuge for Endangered Species where you may be lucky enough to spot white and black rhino, giraffe, tsessebe, sable antelope and buffalo.
Moving between these parks you will get a fantastic overview of the country. High up in the mountains of Mlilwane North you will get never-ending views across Eswatini, South Africa and Mozambique, putting the whole of life into perspective.
You are hosted by a family-run team of horse lovers and conservationists. Please note that this is a remote trail with many nights without electricity or cell phone signal.