1. PHOPHONYANE NATURE RESERVE
Plenty of choices for talking a walk to choose from once you go through the forests towards Piggs Peak. A little to the North, look for the Phophonyane Falls signs and follow them to these beautiful walk-sites. Alternatively, access them through Piggs Peak casino or Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge.
With over 240 bird species, including the green-and-red Narina Trogon forest-dwelling bird, various types of native plants, a series of breathtaking series of waterfalls over centuries-old rocks and a chance to visit the ecolodge’s deck for a cold beer as you enjoy bird-watching.
Right on the border is Swaziland’s highest mountain which you access through the Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail. Just above higveld forests, enjoy a half-day climb from Bulembu- a historic mining town.
Along the trail is a native and eucalypt woodland, to pasturelands and finally, to the 1,843m-high peak, which lies right between South Africa and Swaziland, excellent views and even the Vervet monkeys are likely to bump into.
You could also visit Bulembu’s museum for a little of the town’s history or Bulembu country lodge for a delicious milkshake.
Booking isn’t required here, and you could also hire a guide at Bulembu country lodge.
3. MALOLOTJA NATURE RESERVE
To get to this 200km of mapped trails, drive south on Swaziland’s most scenic road-MR1 and wind back to the Highveld.
A range of one to seven nights of wild camping experience as well as day walks, montane grasslands, crocodile-free rivers, tree-shaded valleys and a vast variety of wildlife and birds.
This place comes too with a zip line over treetops to take your breath away.
For day guests, R30 and R70 night trail camping per person. Malolotja also offers log-cabins for self-catering at R300 per night per person.
4. MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
This is a reserve, which is part of the Big Game Parks family. Here, however, you can freely have walked. Yet it’s advised you don’t walk too close to the edge of the water where there lurk crocs and hippos.
Here you get to choose from nine mapped trails, see blue wildebeest among other animals, bush pigs, and even bush babies.
There are horse-riding reserves at Chubeka trails and get a chance for even mountain biking. Also, you will find a national museum close-by.
It will cost you R50 for day visitors, R470 for beehive huts and a backpacker option at R125. The luxury Reilly’s Rock homestead will set you back R2410, and a guide charges R150 per hour.
5. LUBOMBO ECO TRAILS
Here is a ton of various pleasing environments and a fascinating network of trails being developed where Swaziland meets South Africa and Mozambique.
Lowveld forest is what you find as you climb onto the Lubombo Mountains’ escarpment, 10 trails (mapped), samango monkeys and also if lucky, a leopard or two could be spotted.
Mhlumeni Bush Camp is where you get to stay for a price of R300.