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Safari and beach holiday19th November '15

Safari and beach holidays are becoming increasingly popular, which is not particularly surprising. Combining the exhilaration and thrills of safari (early morning starts to be sure you get the best sightings) with the relaxation and sheer luxury of a remote beach lodge result in an ideal holiday combination.

With this in mind I would recommend a safari in Eswatini culminating in a five-day stay at Machangulo Lodge in Mozambique to end the trip on a high, or rather a complete chill out. The great thing about this combination is that the driving distances are small, it is safe and easy to get around and it is away from mass tourism. You don’t feel as if you are on the conveyor belt.

Safari holiday in Eswatini

The beauty of a safari in Eswatini is that not only can you go on traditional safaris in open top Land Rover’s to see elephant, lion and rhino but you can also walk in some of the game reserve (where there are none of the Big Five) and see wildlife from a different perspective. It is also great for those of you that want to do some form of exercise as well rather than just sitting in game viewing vehicles. Sometimes safaris can be a bit sedentary!

So put on your walking boots and walk-through a ‘dazzle’ of zebra, a ‘journey’ of giraffe or amble past a ‘pod’ of hippo.  You can do this either on foot, by mountain bike or even on horseback. One of the great things about Eswatini is that it it promotes seeing wildlife from a different perspective and it positively encourages you to be active as well.  There are hiking trails in Malolotja that can last 10 days, that is should you choose to do so. Or simply do a morning walk.

Best Eswatini Wildlife Reserves for Safaris

I would say the best reserves for a safari experience are Mlilwane, Mbuluzi, Hlane and Mkhaya, a great start to your safari and beach holiday.

Mlilwane is aptly called the outdoor lovers paradise and it is here that you can walk on self-guided trails, set out on mountain bikes around the reserve as well as exploring the more inaccessible places on horseback. This wildlife sanctuary has a wonderfully relaxed feel about it and you can certainly get up close and personal with the wildlife.

walk with zebra in Mlilwane, Eswatini

Mbuluzi is ideal for those who were on a self drive as there are some wonderful lodges to stay in ranging from tented camps to fully functional lodges with Wi-Fi and TV.  It is entirely up to you what sort of lodge you want to stay in. This is an absolute gem of a place for the vast numbers of giraffe –  you can simply get out of your car and walk amongst these magnificent animals. There are good walking trails here too.

giraffe at Mbuluzi

Hlane is famous for its lion, in fact it is the only reserve in Eswatini that does have lion. The safaris are guided by Swazis who have wonderful knowledge about the wildlife and also give an insight into traditional uses of the flora and fauna. It is a really insightful experience. And the wildlife sightings are incredible; lion, elephant and rhino for starters.

lion cub and Hlane on safari

Mkhaya Game Reserve is a gem. It was originally created to help with breeding of endangered species such as black rhino, roan and sable. Since then it has developed into Eswatini’s premier wildlife reserve with an exclusive air to it and a personalised touch. The accommodation are thatched cottages set intimately along a dry river bed. They are partially open to the bush and you are lulled to sleep to the gentle noises of the African bush. It is truly delightful.

Black Rhino can be seen in Mkhaya Game Reserve, Eswatini

Beach holiday in Mozambique

Mozambique is famous for its pristine shorelines, is aqua blue sea and its stunning coral formations. And you won’t be disappointed. After your safari experience in Eswatini, I recommend Machangulo Lodge in Mozambique. It is only three hours travelling distance by road from Eswatini’s wildlife reserves to Maputo Marina. Then a further hour and a half by boat to the remote promontory that Machangulo is situated on.

Machangulo Lodge – the easiest to get to

Machangulo Beach Lodge is located between Inhaca Island and the dunes of the Santa Maria Peninsula. Here the tides energises the atmosphere and adds to the magic of this untamed and unspoilt place. The Lodge overlooks endless white beaches, pristine and untouched dune forests and eternally wide open ocean. It is beautifully hidden away amid the dunes and forest and an ideal getaway beach accommodation.

Your view from Machangulo Beach Lodge decking

Here you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this serene lodge which is set away in a secluded paradise. Get up in the morning and walk down to the sea. Here you can snorkel or scuba-dive, spend a day on your own private beach, visit the local village and eat the local catch of the day. There is something here for everyone. The lodge beautifully blends into the surroundings and is environmentally friendly. Staff are employed from the nearby village and your food will have been caught or grown in the local area. It is a perfect way to end a fabulous holiday.

Machangulo Beach Lodge feast

The combination of Eswatini and Mozambique for a safari and beach holiday is ideal; both in travelling distances and experience as well as on your pocket.

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