Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary covers 4,560 hectares, and its conservation efforts resulted in the saving of over 22 species from local extinction across the three reserves in Swaziland.
It is home to some rare and wonderful species such as the black-backed jackal, blue wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra, chacma baboon, hippo, Nile crocodile, warthog, vervet monkey, African wild cat and mountain reedbuck. There aren’t any major predators in the park, allowing for some delightful nature walk or horse rides through the reserve.
Situated in the Ezulwini Valley and overlooked by Nyonyane Mountain, the sanctuary's southern section is predominately open grassland plains with middleveld vegetation, stretching up onto the mountain with its exposed granite peak. It was formerly a farming and tin mining area, which has now been rehabilitated and is owned and managed by a non-profit making trust.
Ideal for viewing: brown hyena, leopard, Cape clawless otter, black-backed jackal, greater galago
Where: Ezulwini Valley, South Africa
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KwaZulu Natal is a true South African gem when it comes to wildlife, with a great mix of the country’s finest wildlife reserves and breathtaking scenery. Self driving allows you to follow the coast at your own pace and experience a diversity of wildlife away from the crowd.
When to go: Jan-Dec
Duration inc. flights: 11 days
Price inc. flights: From £3,095 pp
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Located in the heart of Swaziland's Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, this historic colonial lodge is surrounded by the Royal Botanical Gardens. It offers six luxury en suite rooms, as well as a large self-catering cottage, and there are several hillside trails and horse riding opportunities on the wildlife-studded plains.