Swaziland Self Drive Itinerary | Sense Africa

Secret Eswatini (Swaziland)

Swaziland safari holiday Big 5 wildlife


  • Walking with Wildlife
  • Traditional Dancing
  • Mbuluzi Private Reserve
  • Lion Safari
  • Search for Black Rhino

 from £3,450 per person

Discovering Eswatini (Swaziland) at your own pace is a wonderful way to explore the Kingdom. Eswatini is unique in the fact that there are lots of places where you can walk unaccompanied in reserves – where there is no big game! This is an opportunity to have your own mini adventure visiting charming and intimate reserves set away from the mass hubbub of tourism.

Travelling on a self drive in Eswatini is very safe and exceptionally easy. Have a stress free journey around the Kingdom at your own pace. Stop whenever you want and soak up the peaceful ambience of Eswatini.

The Kingdom has eluded mass tourism and its discreet and untouched attractions are delightful. Travelling distances are short so there is more time relaxing by water holes, spending time with the local people and exploring the stunning scenery.

    At a Glance

  • Price is from £3,450 per person based on twin share
  • Group size is 2 – 4 people
  • Duration is 13 nights in country and 2 nights of air travel
  • Accommodation is traditional, comfortable and unique, DBB (Mbuluzi is self catering).
  • Weather has a temperature range of 12 – 26 C
  • Price includes flights, accommodation, breakfast and dinner, 4 safaris, car hire, back up and park fees.


Swaziland safari holiday traditional accommodationDays 1 – 3: Mlilwane – walk with zebra and antelope
Mlilwane is Eswatini’s oldest protected area and gave birth to the concept of nature conservation in the Kingdom. Enjoy the unique opportunity to walk
 amongst zebra and antelope or sip a gin and tonic and watch the hippo.

Accommodation: traditional style beehive huts which have the feel of traditional Swazi homesteads with grass dome-shaped huts arranged in semi-circles all semi-enclosed by traditional Swazi kraal fencing.

Days 4 – 5: Phophonyane – wonder at waterfalls
Phophonyane Fall Eco Lodge Swaziland safari holidayPhophonyane Falls Ecolodge is nestled in the dramatic mountain landscape of north-west Eswatini, amid tumbling waterfalls and lush natural forests.

It is a favourite destination for discerning travellers and nature lovers. Walk along the self guided trails and discover the beauty of the highlands.

Accommodation: tented camp built on decks tucked in the natural forest above the river.

Days 6 – 8: Mbuluzi – track giraffe on foot
Swaziland family safari holidayIn Mbuluzi you can do your own safari on foot or by vehicle. Stop any time, get out of your vehicle and walk if you want to. One of the main attractions are the giraffes where it is possible to walk near them without disturbing them.

Accommodation: The camp has unique luxury tents each with an en suite bathroom and fantastic outdoor showers. The thatched kitchen / lounge area is well equipped and an inviting plunge pool adds to the picture. 

Days 9 – 11: Hlane – rhino on your doorstep
Swaziland safari holiday accommodationIn the vast bushveld of eastern Eswatini where the hot, still sun of Africa beats on the dry but life-giving soils lies Swaziland’s largest protected area, Hlane Royal National Park. Hlane is home to the largest herds of game in the Kingdom and at night go to sleep listening to the distant roar of lion.

Accommodation: en-suite rondavels at the water hole. These twin rooms are beautifully designed and set in the bush where impala wander by.

Days 12 – 13: Mkhaya – the ultimate Big Game safari
Swaziland family safari holidayA premier reserve which has the elusive black rhino. Unique and intimate encounters with Mkhaya’s wildlife are exceptional and all travel within the reserve is by open Land Rovers or on foot.

Accommodation: beautiful cottages situated in the bush which are laid out discretely in the riverine forest overlooking the dry riverbed. Luxury in the bush.


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