This 7 Day Eswatini Safari package will take you on a journey through three of the Big Game Park’s wildlife reserves in Eswatini - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge), Mhkaya Game Reserve (Stone Camp), and Hlane Royal National Park (Ndlovu Camp). Each location has a unique element of Eswatini, its history and a focus on wildlife conservation.
Itinerary at a Glance:
Depart Johannesburg for Eswatini.
1 night at Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge, Mliwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
2 nights at Mhkaya Stone Camp, Mhkaya Game Reserve.
2 nights at Ndlovu Camp
1 night at Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge
Depart Eswatini for Johannesburg.
Day 1 – Johannesburg to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Eswatini (Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge)
Today begins your safari journey through Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). Pick up your rental car from OR Tambo International Airport and hit the road. The drive takes you on a scenic trip out of Gauteng and into Mpumalanga before crossing the Oshoek Border Post into Eswatini. Once you have cleared customs on the Eswatini side you will make your way to Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge. If time allows, take a detour to Ngwenya Glass, not far from the Eswatini side of the border, witness the art of glass blowing and pick up some souvenirs.
Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge is situated on top of a hill overlooking the Mliwane Wildlife Sanctuary. The original house was built in 1928, with 4 guest rooms in the main house and 2 guest rooms in the cottage, you are sure to have a quiet and relaxing stay. Optional activities consist of game drives, game walks, village tours and mountain biking, these can be pre-booked or booked at the lodge.
Day 2 – Mliwane Wildlife Sanctuary to Mhkaya Game Reserve, Eswatini (Stone Camp)
This morning after breakfast and a morning activity you will make your way towards the Mkhaya Game Reserve. You will leave your rental car at the reception pickup point and be transferred to the magical Stone Camp where you will spend the next 2 nights.
Day 3 – On Safari in the Mhkaya Game Reserve, Eswatini
Each room is made of stone and thatch with ensuite bathrooms with a wonderful view over the forest. Nyala, warthogs and guineafowl are regular visitors through the camp providing a unique experience. You can choose to go on a game drive, a walking safari or relax in the camp during the day. Mhkaya is home to some black Rhino so be sure to keep an eye out for them on your safaris.
Day 4 – Mkhaya Game Reserve to Hlane Royal National Park (Ndlovu Camp)
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the pickup point and continue your journey in your rental car. Today takes you north to the Hlane Royal National Park, a park rich in wildlife and culture. You will be spending the next two nights at Ndlovu Camp.
Day 5 – On Safari in the Hlane Royal National Park, Eswatini
The camp is frequented by wonderful birdlife and abundant game at the watering hole. You can spend the day relaxing in the beautiful campgrounds, or head out on one of their scheduled morning or late afternoon game drives, there is also the opportunity to go a rhino game drive where you may have the chance to approach a rhino on foot (at the guide’s discretion), there are also many self-drive routes within the park.
Day 6 – Hlane Royal National Park to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Eswatini (Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge)
After a leisurely morning in camp, you will make your way back to Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge for your last night in Eswatini. Spend your afternoon on one last game drive, a walking safari or just relax at the lodge taking in all the wonderful memories from the past few days.
Day 7 – Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge to Johannesburg
The time has come for you to depart the Kingdom of Eswatini. After breakfast and a morning activity, if time allows, you will make your way back to Johannesburg via the Ngewnya/Osheok Border Post. As you arrive in Johannesburg you will return your rental car and continue your onward journey with long-lasting memories of your time in Eswatini.
Cost of Tour (quoted in ZAR)
R17,140 per person sharing (01 Dec 2022 - 30 Nov 2023)
R20,275 per person sharing (01 Dec 2023 - 30 Nov 2024)
02 nights at Reilly’s Rock Lodge – Dinner Bed and Breakfast
02 nights at Stone Camp – Fully Inclusive
02 nights at Ndlovu Camp – Bed and Breakfast
Vehicle hire – Toyota Fortuner or similar
Activities at Stone Camp
Items of a personal nature
Optional extra activities
Holiday or personal insurance
Park entry fees
Fuel for vehicle rental
Visas for entry to Eswatini and South Africa (if necessary)