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Swaziland National parks Map

Malolotja Nature Reserve is situated in the north-west of the country approximately 30km north of Mbabane on the road to Pigg's Peak. It covers an area of 18 000 hectares of spectacular mountainous scenery making it a prime highveld conservation area. The altitude in the reserve ranges from Ngwenya Mountain, Swaziland's second highest mountain to the deep Nkomati River Valley.

The wildlife in the reserve consists mainly of antelope species but is more reknown for its variety of birdlife with over 280 species being recorded, many of them rare and the variety includes Southern Bald-ibis which can can seen nesting on the cliffs near the Malolotja falls, Blue Swallows, Blue Crane, Striped Flufftail, Stanley's Bustard, Blackwinged Plover, Knysna Lourie, Narina Trogon, Blue Swallow, Buffstreaked Chat, Chorister Robin, Broadtailed Warbler and Gurney's Sugarbird.

The park is a botanist's paradise, with is great variety wild-flower and rare plants, several of which are only found in this part of Africa, including six species of proteas, a pincushion protea and four species of heaths, where numerous species of orchids and lilies and many different types of tree.

There are limited roads, but a number of hiking trails ranging from one day walks to week-long hikes. You need to take with you your own food, water and cooking facilities - fires are not permitted outside the base camp. The reserve gates open from 0600 to 1800 during the winter season and 0630 to 1830 in the summer time and an entrance fee in payable.

Hlane is situated in the North-east, approximately one hours drive from Manzini. It is the largest protected area in Swaziland and borders with the Mlawula Nature Reserve and Mbuluzi Game Reserve. The park has an extensive network of roads, linking camps, waterholes and other features. For the most part the roads are passable by 2 wheel drive vehicle except after heavy rains, when 4 wheel drive is advisable

The flat terrain of the Hlane and its hardwood vegetation and shallow pans attracts great herds of animals during the dry winter months. White rhinos can be seen here as well many antelope species. Lion and elephants have been reintroduced to the park but they are kept in an enclosure. Bird life is prolific with species including southerly nesting colony of Marabou Stork. Whitebacked Vulture, Whiteheaded Vulture, Lappetfaced Vulture and the occasional Cape Vulture, Redbilled Buffalo Weaver, Threestreaked Tchagra, Scimitarbilled Woodhoopoe, Longtailed Shrike, Martial Eagle, Bateleur, and Longcrested Eagle are just a few of the types of bird found here

Maps are available from the gate.

Located in northeast Swaziland, Mbuluzi is is low-lying reserve situated at the bottom of the Lebombo mountains. It is popular for its birdlife boasting over 400 different specie including Narina Trogon, Dwarf Bittern, African Finfoot, Crested Guineafowl, Yellowspotted Nicator, Gorgeous Bush Shrike, Blackheaded, Goliath and Whitebacked Night Herons, Cuckoo Hawk, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Pennantwinged Nightjar, Palm Swift, Crowned Hornbill, Dusky Flycatcher, Thickbilled Weaver, Redbacked Mannikin, African Broadbill, Black Sunbird, Woodland Kingfisher.

The park is easily accessible on sealed roads and has many hiking trails ranging from 2 to 5 hours.

Lying in the northeast of the country with the entrance located about 10km north of Simunye. Mlawula covers an area of approximately 16,500 hectares, the terrain of which consists of flat plains and the Lebombo mountains. Antelope species can be seen but it's the bird life that makes it an attraction, with over 350 different species found here, such as the African Finfoot, Thickbilled Cuckoo, Lesser Blackwinged Plover, African Broadbill, Black Coucal, Yellowspotted Nicator,Scalythroated Honeyguide, Bearded Robin, Grey Sunbird, Redbilled Helmetshrike, and Pinkthroated Twinspot.

Located near Lobamba, between Manzini and Mbabane and easily accessible from Ezulwini and Malkerns. Mlilwane is a private reserve and is the oldest (established in the 1950's) and most visited of Swazi parks.

Animals that can be found in this park include zebra, giraffe, many different antelope, crocodile, hippo and a variety of birdlife. Walking, cycling and horse riding is permitted in the reserve and there are many vehicle and walking trails.

This small private game reserve is located in south eastern part of the country covering an area of approximately 7 500 ha. Black and white rhino, elephant, buffalo, roan and sable antelope are among some of the wildlife found here and well as the indigenous and rare Nguni cattle. Another park where many species of bird can be spotted including Melba Finch, African Green Pigeon, Whitebellied Sunbird, Redbilled Oxpecker, Plumcoloured Starling, White Helmetshrike, Brubru, Redbacked Shrike, Scalythroated Honeyguide, Grey Hornbill and Purple Roller, Greyheaded and Gorgeous Bush Shrike, Pygmy Kingfisher, Yellowbreasted Apalis, Goldentailed Woodpecker, Purplecrested Lourie, Yellowspotted Nicator, Southern Boubou and several varieties of Robin

The name Mkhaya is derived from the Mkhaya tree (a member of the Acacia family) which can be found throughout the park. Although guided walking in the park is allowed, travel by vehicle is restricted to guided game drives in open top landrovers.

Located, approximate 60 miles south of Kruger National Park, in northwestern Swaziland close to Pigg's Peak. This is a quite peaceful and enchanting park, also know as Swaziland's "Garden of Een".

The wildlife found here includes banded mongooses, the rare red duiker deer, cape clawless otter, vervet monkeys with over 230 recorded species of bird.

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