The tiny Kingdom of Swaziland is too small to have any really authentic wildlife destinations. Hlane Royal National Park, their flagship wildlife destination, does have the Big Five, but not under authentic free-roaming conditions, while the Mbuluzi / Mlawula Conservancy is probably the ‘wildest’ of the country’s destinations. Swaziland is however best appreciated for its birding, general nature, scenery and cultural attractions, and the southern Kruger National Park is not far away in any case so the Kingdom can easily be part of a tour incorporating some authentic wildlife.

Mkhaya Game Reserve offers perhaps the best game viewing in Swaziland, offering species such as Southern Giraffe, Hippopotamus, White and Black Rhino, while the other reserves such as Mlilwane and Nisela offer general game and smaller mammal species (Reilly’s Rock in Mlilwane offers good viewing of Blue Duiker, Suni, Klipspringer and Thick-tailed Bushbaby). Hlane offers African Elephant and Lion in addition to typical savannah species, though as mentioned they are kept in fenced off sections of the reserve. Mbuluzi and Mlawula are wilder, but again big game is not present, though Leopard and Spotted Hyena do occur in the area, although they are typically shy and generally elusive. Malalotja Nature Reserve offers high-altitude mammals such as Blesbok, Black Wildebeest, Grey Rhebok, Mountain and Southern Reedbuck, Oribi, Klipspringer and Yellow Mongoose.

Wildlife of Swaziland Gallery