Weekends on the wild side

Nestled in the Lebombo mountains just outside Mbabane the capital of The Kingdom of Swaziland lies Mlilwane game reserve not quiet your deepest Africa big game park but a wonderful mix of rural game reserve and close enough to the city for those that desire it. The attraction for us was that the climate is temperate after the hot humid lowveld were summer never stops, the park is part of The Big Three Game Farms www.biggamefarms.org check out their website and pay a visit if you are ever there. We normally stayed in one of the Swazi Bee hive huts which was always a nice adventure in it’s self, cosy and cool in summer warm in winter this park is the ideal place to base yourself when exploring the surrounding attractions which include an old hand made glass blowing factory www.ngwenyaglass.co.sz a fancy candle workshop www.swazicandles.com and a whole host of craft villages all offering something slightly different.

For us a good meal in the open air restaurant overlooking the little lake with its crocodiles hippos and abundant bird life was the best way to relax and unwind especially as there were always so many different people there from all over the world it made interesting conversation swapping stories and experiences about life in general and then in the late evening sitting around the big log fire watching the Swazi tribal dancing listening to the drums beat, this is really a chilled out place to explore the surrounding region with its old stone age silver mine the forest areas and the mighty rivers even white water rafting for the adventurous, next week we visit Hlane for a foot tour through big 5 terrain till then enjoy.

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