Big Game Parks is a private non-profit Trust which manages three game reserves in Swaziland: Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve.
BGP Mission Statement
View Big Game Parks' Mission Statement here.
BGP Trailing Philosophy
View Big Game Parks' Trailing Philosophy here.
Swaziland is well-situated between Kruger National Park and Kwa-Zulu Natal as well as Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Maputo. Big Game Parks' well positioned and diverse game reserves are an essential destination in any itinerary.
Tourism Contact Details
Interested in adding Big Game Parks to your itinerary? Simply use the contact details here and we'll be in touch.
Hlabazonkhe Community Assistance
The Imvelo Mountain Bike Classic event, staged on Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in June each year, has been raising money for various community projects including the current assistance for Hlabazonke Community.
The Umphakatsi Experience is an activity offered at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Hlane Royal National Park and is also one of the ways in which Big Game parks assists the community.
Esitjeni Paper Mache Project
BGP and Grand Circle embarked on a project called the Piggy Bank Project to assist in the alleviation of poverty at the Esitjeni Community.
Harvesting of Thatching Grass
Mkhaya Game Reserve enjoys an abundance of thatching grass called Luhlonga. One of the ways BGP assists the community around Mkhaya Game Reserve is the 50-50 exchange of thatching bale.
Big Game Parks is widely known for being the pioneers of conservation in the Kingdom of Swaziland. One of the methods of which conservation is practiced is the controlled culling process.
Water tanks at KaPhunga and Sigcaweni Areas
KaPhunga and Sigcaweni areas have had a borehole sunk with three 10 000 litre water tanks each, donated by the Canadian-based aid organisation 'Swazi Kids', in cooperation with the Minister of Agriculture, Mtiti Fakudze, and Big Game Parks.
Additional Ways of Assisting the Community
Other ways in which BGP assists in Community development are:
Ngwenya Glass Recycling Project
Between all three game reserves : Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve, a lot of bottles from the restaurants to the rooms are produced as 'rubbish' on a daily basis.
Learn about the Reilly Family, Swaziland's pioneers of conservation...
The Birth of Swazi Nature Conservation
In 1960,Ted Reilly, Swaziland's pioneer Nature conservationist, tried but failed to persuade the colonial government to create even a single park for Swaziland, much less a park system.
The History of Reilly's Rock
In 1880 James Weighton Reilly was born...
Conservation: The Grime
Conservation is emotional, evocative and often controversial. There have been many events that have shaped Nature Conservation in Swaziland: the grime and the glory. Learn about the grime here.
Conservation: The Glory
Conservation is emotional, evocative and often controversial. There have been many events that have shaped Nature Conservation in Swaziland: the grime and glory. Learn about the glory here.
Nature Conservation in Swaziland
Learn about Nature Conservation in the Kingdom today
Marketing Contact Details
If you require further information on any of Big Game Parks' reserves use the contact details here to get in touch.
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Big Game Parks often receives much praise from visitors
Christmas at Big Game Parks
Celebrate this festive season at Big Game Parks' Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or Mkhaya Game Reserve. Enjoy amazing Christmas menus, stunning venues, unrivalled activities and beautiful surroundings. All offer superb value!
11 Dec 2012
Beware - Crocodile Season
Crocodiles will soon hit the headlines of the newspapers again as the temperatures warm and our summer rains begin to fall steadily - that's if people do not follow a few basic guidelines provided in this article on how to avoid conflict with this reptil
19 Sep 2012
World Rhino Day: The Swaziland Rhino Story
World Rhino Day is on Saturday the 22nd of September. To commemorate the day, we are going back over 40 years to remember the glory and grime of the Swaziland Rhino Story.
28 Aug 2012
Umhlanga/Reed Dance Starts Today
Thousands of maidens will today converge at Ludzidzini Royal Residence in Lobamba for the annual Umhlanga/Reed Dance.
24 Aug 2012
Win 3 Nights for 2 at Mlilwane with our Facebook Umhlanga Competition this weekend!
BGP in Wild Magazine!
Ensure you read the latest edition of Wild Magazine which includes an 8-page spread on The Kingdom of Swaziland's Big Game Parks. Read it here.
01/06/12 - South Africa V England Rugby at Imvelo (9th June)
Come and watch the big game at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary's Rest Camp on 9th June after participating or admiring Imvelo 2012!
01/06/12 - Official Imvelo After-Party at House on Fire (9th June)
Introducing our 'Imvelo Ride & Roll' night at House on Fire, with DJ Muscles and DJ Tenderness!
15/05/12 - Imvelo Cycling Shirt on Tour!
Regular Swazi Imvelo MTB Classic cyclist Linda Loffler wore her Imvelo cycling shirt on tour in Moab, Utah in the United States of America.
26/05/12 - Pre-Imvelo Ride
We've just done our Pre-Imvelo Ride (which ran smoothly!)...bring on the big day!
28/05/12 - Spur: Imvelo's Official Family Fun Race Sponsor
Big Game Parks would like to thank Sheba's Rock Spur for coming on board as Imvelo's official 22km Family Fun Race Sponsor.
31/05/12 - Progress with Imvelo's Hlabazonke Community Project
Having completed our site-inspections we'll be going ahead with Imvelo's current Hlabazonke Project to provide sustainable clean water for the community.
03/05/12 - Imvelo 2012 Already Sold Out!
Imvelo 2012 has beat last year's impressive record of selling out within 40 days!
Game Drive Times
Please note the following seasonal time changes to our Game Drive Schedules.
While Swaziland has very strong legislation in the form of the Game Act to protect Rhinos, Big Game Parks (BGP) has become increasingly concerned about rhino security over the past 5 or so years.
The law stands as it stands at present makes the selling of Gin Traps a difficult issue to handle and one which BGP has grappled with over the years.
Giraffe Poached, Rescued and Dies
2011 is probably a year that most people involved in the protecting of Swaziland's wildlife would rather forget.
Veteran Ranger recovering from operation
After undergoing a hip replacement operation in February in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, veteran Senior Game Ranger Philemon Ndlovu is recovering at Mkhaya Game Reserve.
15/03/12 - Online Entries open 2nd April 2012
After a punch-packed Imvelo 2011, Imvelo 2012 promises to be every bit as exciting. Online entries open on 2nd April 2012 so ensure you're ready to enter online then to make sure you don't miss out.
The Sondzela Trail
A short trail of tranquillity and beauty, revealing plentiful game, babbling brooks and patches of forested magic.