Blogs from Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland, Africa - page 3

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Greetings! So i've got alot to get through in this entry! It'll have to be brief. We've now finished the project phase, but since my last entry, we've been working on two different game reserves, Mbuluzi and Hlane. We were first at Mbuluzi, doing a game ranger course (for which I have a rather snazzy certificate). Then we were at Hlane, which is the royal national park. Here we were trail blazing, which involved cutting a walking trail through the reserve next to a hippo and croc infested lake (SAFETY...!!). Hlane was cool the manager is a nutter, catcing snakes, taking us swimming in a river (prior to which he poked around it with stick to check for crocs...) hehe. I also found me some diamonds in this river! shhh. After Hlane we returned to Mbuluzi ... read more

Africa » Swaziland » Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary December 3rd 2006

Yebo!! Greetings from Swaziland. We have now headed south down the coast into the Kingdom of Swaziland. The first thing that struck me was the number of cattle here - it literally did almost strike me as our mini bus dodged a kamikaze bovine as it stepped out in front of us on the highway. Some interesting facts about Swaziland: It is a Kingdom and hence ruled by a King. They call this absolute power but it sounds to me like a bit of a dictatorship - but then neither of us here ever studied politics or history! This King really gets to do what he wants, he chooses his parliament and it is illegal to have an opposition party. As a gesture of democracy to his public he lets them elect the assembly every 5 ... read more
Our Rondavel...
Ride the White Water
Swazi Warrior!


From Swazi BP it was a short mini bus trip to the Matsapha market turn off, followed by a 1 or 2 km walk to the House on Fire tourist centre where we scored a lift in the back of a pick up with an expat who was going where we were going, Sondzela BP. It was almost too easy. Set within the grounds of the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Sondzela was spectacular and beautiful. There were no staff around to greet us however so we found a spot to pitch our tent whilst the curious but very shy warthogs grazed around us and the resident ostrich drank from the swimming pool. We had a day and a half to explore and waisted no time looking for a staff member to point us in the right direction ... read more
Sangoma
Girl power
Boabab Batik


St Lucia was difficult to leave behind, but we had a cross border mission to accomplish for Fedders in Swaziland. The border was a bit more active than our last excursion into Lesotho, but just to confirm that everything has it's price in Africa one guy managed to gain entry with an out of date passport! We opted to stay away from the bright lights of Manzini or Mbabne in a backpackers within Milwane National Park - very convenient for walking amongst the antelopes and zebras, but a little isolated. However the following day, excitement came to us! At the posher lodge next door there was a Rhino Conservation meeting and it turned out that HRH King Mswati 111 of Swaziland was coming to open it......and so the King accompanied by a few members of the ... read more
Milwane National Park
Milwane National Park
The King (and wives and mother)


After our stressful bus ride we reached Swaziland on Monday night. Swaziland is a country that is land bound between South Africa and Mozambique; it is similar in many ways to South Africa, but it feels much more rural, and much less westernised. We arrived at Sondzela backpackers which is situated on Milwane game reserve, its a very cool little place with alot of luxuries, infact i can't believe it was so cheap!! The first night we were there we just slept, but woke in the morning to sunlight pouring through the windows, mountains on the horizon, and wathogs grazing on the lawn! After breakfast we decided to take a trip to the craft markets; me Nick, Chris and New friend David hitched a lift half way there with a local guy called Tiki who told ... read more


From St Lucia we took the Baz bus in preference to changing bus 5 times on the way to Sondzela backpackers in Mliwane Game Park, Swaziland. This was an amazing place to stay - right in the Park with a pool and lovely facilities. On the first day there we took a walk around the park and saw many Wart Hogs, Wildebeest, and bucks. We kept our eye out for Hippos once we got to the lake since we hadn't really seen any close up in St Lucia to our disappointment. We did see a group of 9 or 10 in the lake here, and sat about 15m from where they were in the water for an hour or two. It was great to see them so close and the anticipation of waiting to see if ... read more
Zebra




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