Mkhaya is ideal for: Unforgettable & Intimate Game Encounters • Bush Fanatics • Swazi-guided Game Drives and Walks • Day Tours • Unforgettable Overnight Stay in Truly Unique Accommodation • Birding Enthusiasts • Photographers • Black Rhino Viewing • Romantic Retreat 

 

Welcome to Mkhaya Game Reserve

In the southeast of Swaziland, the heart of the lowveld, lies a magnificent unspoilt wilderness, haven to endangered species which roam the African bush in Swaziland's premiere game reserve.

 

The recent recipient of the AA's 'Travellers Value Award for Top-End Leisure Travellers', award-winning 'Mkhaya', named after the Acacia nigrescens tree found in the reserve, is home to 4 of the Big 5 including Black Rhino. Visitors can also spot the pure Swazi Nguni Breed of Cattle, Tsessebe, White Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Buffalo, Hippo, Crocodiles and exquisite birdlife including the elusive Narina Trogon to name just a few of the wildlife highlights.

 

A visit to Mkhaya offers true value for money - all rates quoted are fully inclusive of park entry fee, delicious bush cuisine, all activities (open Land Rover Game Drives and/or Walking Safaris) and truly unique, AA Highly Recommended accommodation.  Unique, intimate encounters with Mkhaya's wildlife are almost guaranteed and all travel within the reserve is solely by Big Game Parks' open Land Rovers or by foot on a guided Walking Safaris. The latter was recently quoted as being '...on par with a mountain gorilla encounter in Central Africa', by photo-journalist Stephen Cunliffe in Wild Magazine.

 

After a day out in the hot African bush, return to a bird-rich riverine forest camp and enjoy an ice-cold drink beneath the giant sausage tree before retiring to a unique and luxurious semi-open stone and thatch cottage to drift off to sound of the bush.

 

Mkhaya is staffed and patrolled entirely by Swazis from neighbouring communities and currently boasts what is arguably Africa's most effective anti-poaching unit. It is totally self-financing through visitor revenues and your support is greatly appreciated as a means of sustaining this unique international conservation effort. 

 

Entry to the park must be booked in advance and guests are met at the pick-up point at either 10am or 4pm according to their package itinerary. Overnight guests are also requested to pack a weekender or overnight bag for their stay at Mkhaya.

 

A trip to Mkhaya is a trip into Real Africa - a soul enriching, quality experience you'll never forget. Don't miss out, book today!

 

Essential Information: Please note pre-booking is required, children under 6 yrs old are not permitted and there are fixed entry and exit times of 10am or 4pm depending on your itinerary - please view the Packages tab for all available options.


Mkhaya Game Reserve - National Finalist AA Accommodation Awards Mkhaya Game Reserve - Winner 'Travellers Value Award for Top-End Leisure Travellers'

Packages at Mkhaya

From R1910.00

24 Hour Stay (All Inclusive)

Your 24hr stay is fully-inclusive of all meals, accommodation and activities and starts at the Mkhaya Pick-up Point at 10h00 or 16h00.

10h00 Start Itinerary

You'll be met at the Mkhaya Pick-up Point at 10h00 where you'll leave your car in a secure parking area before embarking on one of Mkhaya's open Land Rover game drives into the reserve for your first game drive. This haven for endangered species including four of the big five offers wonderful opportunities to get up-close-and-personal to a wide range of wildlife. Game viewing tracks between indigenous trees allow intimate encounters with Elephant, White and Black Rhino, Giraffe and a rich diversity of other wildlife while your local, expert guide will impart a great deal of knowledge on all the animals and vegetation you come across.

 

On arrival at Mkhaya's Stone Camp, your luggage will be taken to your cottage and a hearty bush lunch beneath Mkhaya's giant sausage tree will be laid out for you to enjoy and take in the stunning riverine setting and prolific birdlife. Depending on the season, there is an excellent opportunity to see the Narina Trogon and possibly Pink Troated Twinspots.

 

You'll then have the opportunity to embark on an additional game drive following lunch, returing in time to enjoy Stone Camp's new Bird Hide or simply enjoy the beautiful setting before enjoying a delicious 3-course dinner served by your welcoming Swazi hosts.

 

As the sunsets at Mkhaya, Stone Camp is beautifully lit by candlelight and parafin lanterns which wind their way to your accommodation; a luxurious semi-open stone and thatched cottage which will set the mood as you drift off to the sights and sounds of the bush.

 

You'll receive an early morning wake up call, complete with coffee, tea and a small snack, to prepare you for your sunrise game drive. After all the excitement of a morning in the bush, you'll return to Stone Camp for a hearty bush breakfast before embarking on your final game drive out of the reserve.

 

16h00 Start Itinerary 

You'll be met at the Mkhaya Pick-up Point at 16h00 where you'll leave your car in a secure parking area before embarking on one of Mkhaya's open Land Rover game drives into the reserve for your first game drive. This haven for endangered species including four of the big five offers wonderful opportunities to get up-close-and-personal to a wide range of wildlife. Game viewing tracks between indigenous trees allow intimate encounters with Elephant, White and Black Rhino, Giraffe and a rich diversity of other wildlife while your local, expert guide will impart a great deal of knowledge on all the animals and vegetation you come across.

 

On arrival at Mkhaya's Stone Camp, your luggage will be taken to your cottage and a delicious 4-course bush dinner beneath Mkhaya's giant sausage tree will be laid out for you to enjoy and take in the stunning riverine setting and prolific birdlife. Depending on the season, there is an excellent opportunity to see the Narina Trogon and possibly Pink Troated Twinspots.

 

As the sunsets at Mkhaya, Stone Camp is beautifully lit by candlelight and parafin lanterns which wind their way to your accommodation; a luxurious semi-open stone and thatched cottage which will set the mood as you drift off to the sights and sounds of the bush.

 

You'll receive an early morning wake up call, complete with coffee, tea and a small snack, to prepare you for your sunrise game drive. After all the excitement of a morning in the bush, you'll return to Stone Camp for a hearty bush breakfast before relaxing in the Camp.

 

At approximately 11am you'll have the opportunity to embark on a Walking Safari with an expert Swazi guide to learn the tricks of the trade when tracking animals, spotting birds and learning about the vegetation at Mkhaya. Bottled water is provided, as on all of the game drives, and this is a truly wonderful chance to see some of Africa's most endangered species on foot.

 

On arrival back at camp, relax and enjoy the surroundings before indulging in one last delicious bush lunch at Mkhaya and your final game drive out of the reserve.

 

Please note no children under the age of 13 are permitted on the walking safari and no children under the age of 6 are permitted on the game drive


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From R1525.00

Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Meet at the Mkhaya Pick-up Point at 16h00 and enjoy open Land Rover Game Drives, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at Mkhaya before departing at 10h00.

You'll be met at the Mkhaya Pick-up Point at 16h00 where you'll leave your car in a secure parking area before embarking on one of Mkhaya's open Land Rover game drives into the reserve for your first game drive. This haven for endangered species including four of the big five offers wonderful opportunities to get up-close-and-personal to a wide range of wildlife. Game viewing tracks between indigenous trees allow intimate encounters with Elephant, White and Black Rhino, Giraffe and a rich diversity of other wildlife while your local, expert guide will impart a great deal of knowledge on all the animals and vegetation you come across.

 

On arrival at Mkhaya's Stone Camp, your luggage will be taken to your cottage and a delicious 4-course bush dinner beneath Mkhaya's giant sausage tree will be laid out for you to enjoy and take in the stunning riverine setting and prolific birdlife. Depending on the season, there is an excellent opportunity to see the Narina Trogon and possibly Pink Troated Twinspots.

 

As the sunsets at Mkhaya, Stone Camp is beautifully lit by candlelight and parafin lanterns which wind their way to your accommodation; a luxurious semi-open stone and thatched cottage which will set the mood as you drift off to the sights and sounds of the bush.

 

You'll receive an early morning wake up call, complete with coffee, tea and a small snack, to prepare you for your sunrise game drive. After all the excitement of a morning in the bush, you'll return to Stone Camp for a hearty bush breakfast before embarking on your  final game drive out of the reserve.

 

Please note no children under the age of 13 are permitted on the walking safari and no children under the age of 6 are permitted on the game drive.

 

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From R2270.00

24 Hour PLUS

Enjoy one and a half days at Mkhaya Game Reserve on a fully-inclusive basis. All your meals, accommodation and activities (open Land Rover Game Drives and Walking Safari) are included in the price. This itinerary starts at 10h00 and departs at 16h00.

You'll be met at the Mkhaya Pick-up Point at 10h00 where you'll leave your car in a secure parking area before embarking on one of Mkhaya's open Land Rover game drives into the reserve for your first game drive. This haven for endangered species including four of the big five offers wonderful opportunities to get up-close-and-personal to a wide range of wildlife. Game viewing tracks between indigenous trees allow intimate encounters with Elephant, White and Black Rhino, Giraffe and a rich diversity of other wildlife while your local, expert guide will impart a great deal of knowledge on all the animals and vegetation you come across. 

 

On arrival at Mkhaya's Stone Camp, your luggage will be taken to your cottage and a hearty bush lunch beneath Mkhaya's giant sausage tree will be laid out for you to enjoy and take in the stunning riverine setting and prolific birdlife. Depending on the season, there is an excellent opportunity to see the Narina Trogon and possibly Pink Troated Twinspots. 

 

You'll have the opportunity to embark on an additional game drive following lunch, returing in time to enjoy Stone Camp's new Bird Hide or simply enjoy the beautiful setting before enjoying a delicious 4-course dinner served by your welcoming Swazi hosts.

 

As the sunsets at Mkhaya, Stone Camp is beautifully lit by candlelight and parafin lanterns which wind their way to your accommodation; a luxurious semi-open stone and thatched cottage which will set the mood as you drift off to the sights and sounds of the bush.

 

You'll receive an early morning wake up call, complete with coffee, tea and a small snack, to prepare you for your sunrise game drive. After all the excitement of a morning in the bush, you'll return to Stone Camp for a hearty bush breakfast before relaxing in Stone Camp. 

 

At approximately 11am you'll have the opportunity to embark on a Walking Safari with an expert Swazi guide to learn the tricks of the trade when tracking animals, spotting birds and learning about the vegetation at Mkhaya. Bottled water is provided, as on all of the game drives, and this is a truly wonderful chance to see some of Africa's most endangered species on foot.

 

On arrival back at camp, relax and enjoy the surroundings before indulging in one last delicious bush lunch at Mkhaya and your final game drive out of the reserve.

 

Please note no children under the age of 13 are permitted on the walking safari and no children under the age of 6 are permitted on the game drive.

 

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From R650.00

Day Tour Game Drives & Bush Lunch

This itinerary begins at 10h00 where you'll be met at the Mkhaya Pick up Point and commence your first game drive on one of Mkhaya's open Land Rovers. After a hearty bush lunch you'll embark on your final game drive out of the reserve at 16h00.

After a welcome glass of juice on arrival, you'll embark on your game drive through Mkhaya Game Reserve. This haven for endangered species including four of the big five offers wonderful opportunities to get up-close-and-personal to a wide range of wildlife. Game viewing tracks between indigenous trees allow intimate encounters with Elephant, White and Black Rhino, Giraffe and a rich diversity of other wildlife while your local, expert guide will impart a great deal of knowledge on all the animals and vegetation you come across. 

 

Swazi hospitality is a feature of Stone Camp where you'll enjoy a hearty bush lunch beneath Mkhaya's giant sausage tree before embarking on your final game drive out of the reserve.

 

 Please note children under the age of six years old are not permitted on this activity.

 

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Accommodation at Mkhaya

From R2160.00

Stone Camp - Twin Cottage

Stone Camp offers 4 twin cottages (1 room, 2 single beds with shower).

Rates

24hr stay, D,B&B and 24hr + rates available. All packages are fully inclusive.

 

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From R2160.00

Stone Camp - Double Cottage

Stone Camp offers 4 double cottages (1 room, 1 double bed with shower).

Rates

24hr stay, D,B&B and 24hr + rates available. All packages are fully inclusive.

 

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From R2160.00

Stone Camp - Triple Cottage

Stone Camp offers 1 Triple cottage (1 room, 1 double bed & 1 single bed with shower).

Rates

24hr stay, D,B&B and 24hr + rates available. All packages are fully inclusive.

 

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Stone Camp - Family Cottage

Mkhaya offers 3 family cottages to suit your accommodation requirements. Click here for full details.

Nkonjane Family Cottage

  • 2 rooms, 2 doubles & 1 single with bath and separate shower unit
  • Located close to the Reception, Bar & Dining area.  

 

Sinkankanka Family Cottage

  • 1 room, 1 double & 4 single beds en-suite with shower
  • Located in the middle of Stone Camp.

 

Narina Family Cottage

  • 1 room, 4 single beds en-suite with shower
  • Located towards the end of the river sand pathway.

 

Rates

24hr stay, D,B&B and 24hr + rates available. All packages are fully inclusive.

 

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Activities at Mkhaya

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Open Land Rover Game Drive

Included within any Mkhaya Package are its fantastic expert Swazi-guided Open Land Rover Game Drives where guests will experience unique, intimate game encounters with the reserves many endangered species. Bottled water is always available on the drive.

Local guides share their knowledge on an Open Land Rover which follows dirt-tracks between indigenous trees, thereby allowing intimate encounters and superb photographic opportunities with Elephant, Black & White Rhino, Buffalo, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra, Kudu, Nyala and a rich diversity of other wildlife.

 

In addition to its larger species, Mkhaya boasts an abundance of smaller invertebrates and birdlife including Riverine Bushveld Forest species and Savanna Woodland species. Highlights include Raptors, Vultures, Marabou Storks, Narina Trogon and Pink Throated Twinspots.

 


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Walking Safari

If you are staying overnight at Mkhaya don't miss the 11am Walking Safari where you'll have the opportunity to experience Mkhaya's flora and fauna on foot under the expert guidance of your Swazi guide.

Amidst pockets of dense bushveld thickets and stunning areas of open Climax Knobthorn (Acacia nigresens) Veld, common sightings by walkers include Elephant, Black & White Rhino, Buffalo, Giraffe and a wide range of game including Wildebeest, Zebra, Kudu and Nyala.

 

In addition to its larger species, Mkhaya boasts an abundance of smaller invertebrates and birdlife including Riverine Bushveld Forest species and Savanna Woodland species. Highlights include Raptors, Vultures, Marabou Storks, Narina Trogon and Pink Throated Twinspots.

 


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Kirky's Hide

Located within easy walking distance to Stone Camp is Mkhaya's new hide which offers guests an opportunity to view Mkhaya's numerous bird, mammal, reptile, insect and amphibian species at close proximity.

About Kirky's Hide

 

What can you see at Kirky's Hide?

Kirky's Hide is great for viewing many species of Mkhaya's resident birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and amphibians.

 

For the avid birder, Mkhaya is is home to the elusive Narina Trogons, Raptors, Vultures, Marabou Storks and Pink Throated Twinspots to name just a few. Mkhaya is also home to both Black and White Rhino and a whole host of other species which you may spot from the hide viewpoint. For further information, please download the species lists below.

 


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From R650.00

Day Tour (10am - 4pm)

This itinerary begins at 10h00 where you'll be met at the Mkhaya Pick up Point and commence your first game drive on one of Mkhaya's open Land Rovers. After a hearty bush lunch you'll embark on your final game drive out of the reserve at 16h00.

After a welcome glass of juice on arrival, you'll embark on your game drive through Mkhaya Game Reserve. This haven for endangered species including four of the big five offers wonderful opportunities to get up-close-and-personal to a wide range of wildlife. Game viewing tracks between indigenous trees allow intimate encounters with Elephant, White and Black Rhino, Giraffe and a rich diversity of other wildlife while your local, expert guide will impart a great deal of knowledge on all the animals and vegetation you come across.

Swazi hospitality is a feature of Stone Camp where you'll enjoy a hearty bush lunch beneath Mkhaya's giant sausage tree before embarking on your final game drive out of the reserve.

Please note children under the age of six years old are not permitted on this activity.

 

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1 Night Fully-Catered Bush Trail

Experience Mkhaya's African Savanna and the extensive range of endangered species which inhabit it up-close and personal on this One Night Fully-Catered Bush Trail. Seasonal: 1 April - 30 September.

Due to popular demand, the Mkhaya Wilderness Trail has been designed to offer all hikers the opportunity to experience Mkhaya’s African Savanna and the extensive range of endangered species which inhabit it up-close and personal.

 

Amidst pockets of dense bushveld thickets and stunning areas of open Climax Knobthorn (Acacia nigresens) Veld, walkers can expect to see Elephant, Black & White Rhino, Buffalo and a wide range of Plains Game on their first day through the endangered species area.  Walking through the greater Mkhaya area on the second and third day may be rewarded with sightings of Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra, Kudu, Nyala and Black Rhino.

 

In addition to its larger species, Mkhaya boasts an abundance of smaller invertebrates and birdlife including Riverine Bushveld Forest species and Savanna Woodland species. Highlights include Raptors, Vultures, Marabou Storks, Narina Trogon and Pink Throated Twinspots.

 

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2 Night Fully-Catered Bush Trail

Experience Mkhaya's African Savanna and the extensive range of endangered species which inhabit it up-close and personal on this Two Night Fully-Catered Bush Trail. Seasonal 1 April - 30 September.

Due to popular demand, the Mkhaya Wilderness Trail has been designed to offer all hikers the opportunity to experience Mkhaya’s African Savanna and the extensive range of endangered species which inhabit it up-close and personal.

 

Amidst pockets of dense bushveld thickets and stunning areas of open Climax Knobthorn (Acacia nigresens) Veld, walkers can expect to see Elephant, Black & White Rhino, Buffalo and a wide range of Plains Game on their first day through the endangered species area.  Walking through the greater Mkhaya area on the second and third day may be rewarded with sightings of Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra, Kudu, Nyala and Black Rhino.

 

In addition to its larger species, Mkhaya boasts an abundance of smaller invertebrates and birdlife including Riverine Bushveld Forest species and Savanna Woodland species. Highlights include Raptors, Vultures, Marabou Storks, Narina Trogon and Pink Throated Twinspots.

 

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Directions for Mkhaya

Directions from Lavumisa/Golela Border

Distance +-96 km; approx driving time1hr.

 

• Travel 66km to Big Bend and continue towards Manzini.

• Travel approximately 30 km on this road, you will reach Phuzamoya.

• Turn right at sign to Mkhaya Game Reserve (Phuzumoya) and park behind the small shop. This is the Mkhaya meeting point, where you will be met by an Mkhaya guide/ranger, who will then accompany you into the park.

• If you get to Siphofaneni - you have gone too far and will have to turn back 6kms.

• Please do not drive further without a guide as the gates are kept locked.

 

Please note:

 

  • General speed limit is 8km/hr and 60km/hr in towns
  • Meeting times are 10am and 4pm (10am meeting time for day tour)

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Directions from Mahamba Border


Distance + 160km – about 2 hours 25 min

•    Travel past Nhlangano and Hlatikhulu and join the Mbabane / Manzini highway about 3km before Manzini. The distance from the border to Manzini is approx. 115 km.
•    Turn RIGHT onto highway to Manzini.

There are 2 options around or through Manzini:
   
Option 1

•    At the 2nd set of traffic lights, after coming from the highway and before you get to Manzini proper, turn LEFT onto By-pass Road, sign posted “Mavuso Trade Centre”. Beware the road is off-camber – please negotiate corners carefully.
•    Cross STRAIGHT over traffic lights.
•    Turn LEFT at T-junction.

Option 2
•    Drive STRAIGHT through Manzini – the one-way road is very busy, be careful of the mini buses. Try to keep to the right hand lane as most of the taxi’s and buses use the left hand lane. This road will take you straight out of Manzini.
•    Travel ± 8km from Manzini.
•    Turn RIGHT towards Big Bend, just after Kai Kai Resort at the Hhelehhele junction. There is a filling station on your right.
•    After ± 40km you will reach Siphofaneni. Travel a further 6km.
•    Cross over a small bridge over the railway, which runs UNDER the road.
•    Immediately (10m) after the bridge, turn LEFT at the Mkhaya Game Reserve sign and park your vehicle behind the small shop. This is the Mkhaya meeting point, where you will be met by an Mkhaya guide/ranger, who will then accompany you into the park.
•    Please do not drive further without a guide as the gates are kept locked.
•    Meeting Times are strictly 10:00 or 16:00 – please refer to your reservation for your correct pick up time.

SUMMARY OF DIRECTIONS (OPTION 2)


R543, South Africa, MAHAMBA BORDER (07h00-22h00)   

1.    Head east on R543 (Entering Swaziland): 17 m
2.    Continue onto MR9: 107 km
3.    Turn right to merge onto MR3: 4.2 km
4.    Continue onto Ngwane St: 1.1 km
5.    Continue onto MR3: 7.0 km
6.    Turn right onto MR8: 43.1 km
    Destination will be on the left

   
 MR8, Swaziland – MKHAYA GAME RESERVE (S26° 41' 2.49" E31° 44' 47.73")

 

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Directions from Matsamo/Jeppes Reef Border



Distance ± 190 km - about 2 hours 30 min

 
•    Drive through PIGGS PEAK (40 km) and continue to the Oshoek border / Mbabane highway (50km).
•    Turn LEFT onto the highway towards Mbabane.  This becomes the bypass road – continue with this road to Manzini ± 50km

There are 2 options around or through Manzini:

Option 1

•    At the 2nd set of traffic lights, after coming from the highway and before you get to Manzini, turn LEFT onto By-pass Road, sign posted “Mavuso Trade Centre”. Beware the road is off-camber – please negotiate corners carefully.
•    Cross STRAIGHT over traffic lights.
•    Turn LEFT at T-junction.

Option 2
•    Drive STRAIGHT through Manzini – the one-way road is very busy, be careful of the mini buses. Try to keep to the right hand lane as most of the taxi’s and buses use the left hand lane. This road will take you straight out of Manzini.
•    Travel ± 8km from Manzini.
•    Turn RIGHT towards Big Bend, just after Kai Kai Resort at the Hhelehhele junction. There is a filling station on your right.
•    After ± 40km you will reach Siphofaneni. Travel a further 6km.
•    Cross over a small bridge over the railway, which runs UNDER the road.
•    Immediately (10m) after the bridge, turn LEFT at the Mkhaya Game Reserve sign and park your vehicle behind the small shop. This is the Mkhaya meeting point, where you will be met by an Mkhaya guide/ranger, who will then accompany you into the park.
•    Please do not drive further without a guide as the gates are kept locked.
•    Meeting Times are strictly 10:00 or 16:00 – please refer to your reservation for your correct pick up time.

SUMMARY OF DIRECTIONS (OPTION 2)

 

R570, South Africa – JEPPE’S REEF BORDER POST (07h00 – 20h00)

1.    Head southwest on R570 (Entering Swaziland): 2.5 km
2.    Continue onto MR1: 86.3 km
3.    Turn left to merge onto MR3: 49.3 km
4.    Continue onto Ngwane St: 1.1 km
5.    Continue onto MR3: 7.0 km
6.    Turn right onto MR8: 43.1 km

Destination will be on the left  

 
MR8, Swaziland – MKHAYA GAME RESERVE (S26° 41' 2.49" E31° 44' 47.73")

 

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Directions from Mhlumeni/Goba Border



Distance + 77km – about 1 hour 15 min

•    From the border travel to Siteki – + 19km.
•    Turn RIGHT towards Manzini at petrol station.
•    Travel ± 11.2km.
•    Turn LEFT and follow this road towards Big Bend for ± 42km.
•    At the T-junction turn RIGHT towards Manzini. Travel ± 18km.
•    Turn RIGHT at sign to Mkhaya Game Reserve (Phuzumoya) and park behind the small shop. This is the Mkhaya meeting point, where you will be met by an Mkhaya guide/ranger, who will then accompany you into the park.
•    If you get to Siphofaneni - you have gone too far and will have to turn back 6kms.
•    Please do not drive further without a guide as the gates are kept locked..
•    Meeting Times are strictly 10:00 or 16:00 – please refer to your reservation for your correct pick up time.

SUMMARY OF DIRECTIONS


MR7, Swaziland – GOBA BORDER POST (24hrs)

1.    Head southwest on MR7 (Entering Swaziland): 28.6 km
2.    Turn right to stay on MR7:  7.9 km
3.    Turn left onto MR16: 11.2 km
4.    Turn right toward MR8:  29.0 km
5.    Turn right onto MR8: 750 m
      Destination will be on the left

   
MR8, Swaziland – MKHAYA GAME RESERVE (S26° 41' 2.49" E31° 44' 47.73")

 

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Directions from Sandlane/Nerston Border



Distance + 150km – about 2 hours

•    The border post is + 17km from Amsterdam – a warning though, the road inside Swaziland from there is sub-standard - big holes in the road and utmost caution must be used (the road is also used by timber logging trucks)
•    From Nerston Border post to Bhunya (wood pulp mill) is + 35km.
•    Turn RIGHT towards Manzini. + 10km from Bhunya there is a traffic circle
•    Take the second exit and take the road towards Malkerns/Manzini (MR18)
•    Continue past Swazi Candles (16km from circle) until you get to a T –junction.
•    Turn RIGHT onto the old Manzini / Mbabane road.
•    After about 7km you will come to the Matsapha traffic circle under the Mbabane/Manzini highway
•    Take the 3rd exit left and onto the highway towards Manzini (± 4km)

There are 2 options around or through Manzini:

Option 1
•    At the 2nd set of traffic lights, after coming from the highway and before you get to Manzini, turn LEFT onto By-pass Road, sign posted “Mavuso Trade Centre”. Beware the road is off-camber – please negotiate corners carefully.
•    Cross STRAIGHT over traffic lights.
•    Turn LEFT at T-junction.

Option 2
•    Drive STRAIGHT through Manzini – the one-way road is very busy, be careful of the mini buses. Try to keep to the right hand lane as most of the taxi’s and buses use the left hand lane. This road will take you straight out of Manzini.
•    Travel ± 8km from Manzini.
•    Turn RIGHT towards Big Bend, just after Kai Kai Resort at the Hhelehhele junction. There is a filling station on your right.
•    After ± 40km you will reach Siphofaneni. Travel a further 6km.
•    Cross over a small bridge over the railway, which runs UNDER the road.
•    Immediately (10m) after the bridge, turn LEFT at the Mkhaya Game Reserve sign and park your vehicle behind the small shop. This is the Mkhaya meeting point, where you will be met by an Mkhaya guide/ranger, who will then accompany you into the park.
•    Please do not drive further without a guide as the gates are kept locked.
•    Meeting Times are strictly 10:00 or 16:00 – please refer to your reservation for your correct pick up time.

SUMMARY OF DIRECTIONS (OPTION 2)


R65, South Africa – AMSTERDAM, NERSTON BORDER POST (08h00 – 18h00)   

1.    Head north east on R65   
2.    Turn right onto R65: 15.0 km
3.    Turn right to stay on R65 (Entering Swaziland): 2.4 km
4.    Continue straight onto MR19: 32.6 km
5.    Turn right onto MR18: 33 km
6.    Turn right onto MR103 at T-junction: 7 km
7.    At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the MR3 ramp: 500 m
8.    Merge onto MR3: 7.5 km
9.    Continue onto Ngwane St: 1.1 km
10.    Continue onto MR3:  7.0 km
11.    Turn right onto MR8: 43.1 km
 Destination will be on the left  

 
 MR8, Swaziland – MKHAYA GAME RESERVE (S26° 41' 2.49" E31° 44' 47.73")

 

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Directions from Mbabane


Distance + 84 km - about 1 hour 15 min

•    Travel down the Malagwane – steep downhill from Mbabane until you reach Manzini ± 33km.

There are 2 options around or through Manzini:

Option 1

•    At the 2nd set of traffic lights, after coming from the highway and before you get to Manzini, turn LEFT onto By-pass Road, sign posted “Mavuso Trade Centre”. Beware the road is off-camber – please negotiate corners carefully.
•    Cross STRAIGHT over traffic lights.
•    Turn LEFT at T-junction.

Option 2
•    Drive STRAIGHT through Manzini – the one-way road is very busy, be careful of the mini buses. Try to keep to the right hand lane as most of the taxi’s and buses use the left hand lane. This road will take you straight out of Manzini.
•    Travel ± 8km from Manzini.
•    Turn RIGHT towards Big Bend, just after Kai Kai Resort at the Hhelehhele junction. There is a filling station on your right.
•    After ± 40km you will reach Siphofaneni. Travel a further 6km.
•    Cross over a small bridge over the railway, which runs UNDER the road.
•    Immediately (10m) after the bridge, turn LEFT at the Mkhaya Game Reserve sign and park your vehicle behind the small shop. This is the Mkhaya meeting point, where you will be met by an Mkhaya guide/ranger, who will then accompany you into the park.
•    Please do not drive further without a guide as the gates are kept locked.
•    Meeting Times are strictly 10:00 or 16:00 – please refer to your reservation for your correct pick up time.



SUMMARY OF DIRECTIONS (OPTION 2)


MR3, Mbabane, Swaziland

1.    Head south on MR3: 32,9 km
2.    Continue onto Ngwane St : 1.1 km
3.    Continue onto MR3: 7.0 km
4.    Turn right onto MR8 : 43.1 km

Destination will be on the left  

 
MR8, Swaziland – MKHAYA GAME RESERVE (S26° 41' 2.49" E31° 44' 47.73")

 

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Directions from Lomahasha/Namaacha Border


Distance + 100km – about 1 hour 30 min

•    From the border travel past Simunye Sugar Estates and through Hlane Royal National Park.
•    Turn LEFT ± 25km after Simunye to Siteki/Big Bend. Travel ± 3km.
•    Turn RIGHT and follow this road towards Big Bend for ± 42km.
•    At the T-junction turn RIGHT towards Manzini. Travel ± 18km.
•    Turn RIGHT at sign to Mkhaya Game Reserve (Phuzumoya) and park behind the small shop. This is the Mkhaya meeting point, where you will be met by an Mkhaya guide/ranger, who will then accompany you into the park.
•    If you get to Siphofaneni - you have gone too far and will have to turn back 6kms.
•    Please do not drive further without a guide as the gates are kept locked..
•    Meeting Times are strictly 10:00 or 16:00 – please refer to your reservation for your correct pick up time.

SUMMARY OF DIRECTIONS


MR3, Swaziland – LOMAHASHA BORDER POST (07h00 – 20h00)
           
1.    Head west on MR3 (Entering Swaziland): 650 m
2.    Continue onto MR3: 51.1 km
3.    Turn left onto MR16: 4.3 km
4.    Slight right to stay on MR16 :11.2 km
5.    Turn right toward MR8: 29.0 km
6.    Turn right onto MR8: 750 m
      Destination will be on the left

   
 MR8, Swaziland – MKHAYA GAME RESERVE (S26° 41' 2.49" E31° 44' 47.73")

 

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Directions from Mananga/Border Gate Border


Distance + 115km – about 1 hour 40 min

•    From the border, travel 5km and at the traffic circle take the first exit LEFT.
•    Continue STRAIGHT for + 32km to the T-junction
•    At the T-junction turn RIGHT and travel past Simunye Sugar Estates / town; through Hlane Royal National Park and continue towards Manzini.
•    Turn LEFT ± 25km after Simunye to Siteki/Big Bend. Travel ± 3km.
•    Turn RIGHT and follow this road towards Big Bend for ± 42km.
•    At the T-junction turn RIGHT towards Manzini. Travel ± 18km.
•    Turn RIGHT at sign to Mkhaya Game Reserve (Phuzumoya) and park behind the small shop. This is the Mkhaya meeting point, where you will be met by an Mkhaya guide/ranger, who will then accompany you into the park.
•    If you get to Siphofaneni - you have gone too far and will have to turn back 6kms.
•    Please do not drive further without a guide as the gates are kept locked.
•    Meeting Times are strictly 10:00 or 16:00 – please refer to your reservation for your correct pick up time.

SUMMARY OF DIRECTIONS


  R571, South Africa – MANANGA BORDER POST (07h00 – 18h00)
           
1.    Head south on MR5 (Entering Swaziland): 5.3 km
2.    Slight left onto MR24: 31.8 km
3.    Turn right onto MR3: 32.3 km
4.    Turn left onto MR16: 4.3 km
5.    Slight right to stay on MR16: 11.2 km
6.    Turn right toward MR8:  29.0 km
7.    Turn right onto MR8: 750 m
      Destination will be on the left   


 MR8, Swaziland – MKHAYA GAME RESERVE (S26° 41' 2.49" E31° 44' 47.73")

 

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Directions from Ngwenya/Oshoek Border


Distance + 115km – about 1 hours 15 min

•    Follow the main road from the Border to Mbabane (about 20 km). Ngwenya Glass turnoff +5km from border –worth a visit! - open from 9am - 4pm
•    Remain on this highway until you reach Manzini ± 55km

There are 2 options around or through Manzini:

Option 1

•    At the 2nd set of traffic lights, after coming from the highway and before you get to Manzini, turn LEFT onto By-pass Road, sign posted “Mavuso Trade Centre”. Beware the road is off-camber – please negotiate corners carefully.
•    Cross STRAIGHT over traffic lights.
•    Turn LEFT at T-junction.

Option 2
•    Drive STRAIGHT through Manzini – the one-way road is very busy, be careful of the mini buses. Try to keep to the right hand lane as most of the taxi’s and buses use the left hand lane. This road will take you straight out of Manzini.
•    Travel ± 8km from Manzini.
•    Turn RIGHT towards Big Bend, just after Kai Kai Resort at the Hhelehhele junction. There is a filling station on your right.
•    After ± 40km you will reach Siphofaneni. Travel a further 6km.
•    Cross over a small bridge over the railway, which runs UNDER the road.
•    Immediately (10m) after the bridge, turn LEFT at the Mkhaya Game Reserve sign and park your vehicle behind the small shop. This is the Mkhaya meeting point, where you will be met by an Mkhaya guide/ranger, who will then accompany you into the park.
•    Please do not drive further without a guide as the gates are kept locked.
•    Meeting Times are strictly 10:00 or 16:00 – please refer to your reservation for your correct pick up time.



SUMMARY OF DIRECTIONS (OPTION 2)


  N17, South Africa – OSHOEK BORDER POST (07h00 – 24h00)

1.    Head east on N17 (Entering Swaziland): 400 m
2.    Continue onto N17 (Go through 1 roundabout) : 1.6 km
3.    Continue onto MR3: 55.2 km
4.    Continue onto Ngwane St: 1.1 km
5.    Continue onto MR3:7.0 km
6.    Turn right onto MR8:  43.1 km
      Destination will be on the left   


MR8, Swaziland – MKHAYA GAME RESERVE (S26° 41' 2.49" E31° 44' 47.73")

 

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Directions from Emahlatini (Houtkop)/Sicunusa


Distance + 130km – about 1 hour 50 min

From Piet Retief
•    As you approach Piet Retief from Ermelo / Amsterdam, Turn LEFT into Theo Mocke Street at the new Spur / garage complex.
•    Travel + 500m.
•    Turn RIGHT (signboard reads “Emahlatini via Klein Vrystaat”) and continue STRAIGHT on to the border post - + 20km.

From Sicunusa Border

•    Drive STRAIGHT, past Mankayane for + 45km to join the Bhunya / Malkerns road at a traffic circle.
•    Take the second exit and take the road towards Malkerns/Manzini (MR18)
•    Continue past Swazi Candles (16km from circle) until you get to a T –junction.
•    Turn RIGHT onto the old Manzini / Mbabane road.
•    After about 7km you will come to the Matsapha traffic circle under the Mbabane/Manzini highway
•    Take the 3rd exit left and onto the highway towards Manzini (± 4km)

There are 2 options around or through Manzini:
   
Option 1

•    At the 2nd set of traffic lights, after coming from the highway and before you get to Manzini proper, turn LEFT onto By-pass Road, sign posted “Mavuso Trade Centre”. Beware the road is off-camber – please negotiate corners carefully.
•    Cross STRAIGHT over traffic lights.
•     Turn LEFT at T-junction.

Option 2
•    Drive STRAIGHT through Manzini – the one-way road is very busy, be careful of the mini buses. Try to keep to the right hand lane as most of the taxi’s and buses use the left hand lane. This road will take you straight out of Manzini.
•    Travel ± 8km from Manzini.
•    Turn RIGHT towards Big Bend, just after Kai Kai Resort at the Hhelehhele junction. There is a filling station on your right.
•    After ± 40km you will reach Siphofaneni. Travel a further 6km.
•    Cross over a small bridge over the railway, which runs UNDER the road.
•    Immediately (10m) after the bridge, turn LEFT at the Mkhaya Game Reserve sign and park your vehicle behind the small shop. This is the Mkhaya meeting point, where you will be met by an Mkhaya guide/ranger, who will then accompany you into the park.
•    Please do not drive further without a guide as the gates are kept locked.
•    Meeting Times are strictly 10:00 or 16:00 – please refer to your reservation for your correct pick up time.



SUMMARY OF DIRECTIONS (OPTION 2)


R33, South Africa – PIET RETIEF, EMALHATINI BORDER POST (08h00 – 18h00)   

1.    Head northeast (Entering Swaziland): 1.0 km
2.    Continue straight onto MR4: 46.1 km
3.    Turn right onto MR18: 18.5 km
4.    Turn right onto MR103 at T-junction: 7 km
5.    At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the MR3 ramp: 500 m
6.    Merge onto MR3: 7.5 km
7.    Continue onto Ngwane St: 1.1 km
8.    Continue onto MR3: 7.0 km
9.    Turn right onto MR8: 43.1 km
Destination will be on the left 

  

MR8, Swaziland – MKHAYA GAME RESERVE (S26° 41' 2.49" E31° 44' 47.73")

 

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Reviews at Mkhaya

Michael Hartley-Holthuysen - Durban, South Africa on 07 January 2014

Mkhaya is very unique - the chalets where one sleeps in are open - and one goes to sleep with the sound of the African bush! The chalet's are comfortable, the service outstanding - and the guides are simply awesome! The game experiences were first class - and it is remarkable what is done in Swaziland for conservation. Overall Mkhaya is a stunning getaway - make sure you spend a few days here as there is LOTS to do and LOTS to see!

Ulla Andren - Mozambique on 04 January 2013

100% We will come again! Yet another fantastic stay at Mkhaya!

Michael Holthuysen, Presenter of Awesome Africa - on 21 June 2012

Mkhaya Game Reserve offers one of the most unique lodges on the continent...The game drive I did became a National Geographic experience'

John Davies, Lawson's Birding - on 01 May 2012

The birding at Mkhaya was exceptional. The best sightings of the numerous Narina Trogons were right in Stone Camp.

Kate Armstrong, Lonely Planet Author - Australia on 15 April 2012

Mkhaya boasts that you're more likely to meet big game here than anywhere else in Africa and, judging by our experience, this is true'.

Stephen Cunliffe, Photo-Journalist - on 30 March 2012

A rhino walk at Mkhaya stands on a par with a mountain gorilla experience in Central Africa.

Toddy Landry - on 07 February 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Mkhaya and would steer others towards the reserve without hesitation. We actually spent time in all 3 reserves - Mlilwane, Hlane and Mkhaya. Each reserve offered a different sort of experience and we were thoroughly impressed by all three and by Swaziland as a whole.

Joan Mayer - Maputo (USA) on 03 February 2012

This is what one dreams about!

Lisa Caldeira & Cameron Harper - Mozambique on 01 January 2012

This place & staff is perfection!! Thank you very much.

Nuno - Maputo on 25 November 2012

Mkhaya is a National Game Reserve in southern Swaziland known mostly for its Rhino protection program but where you can also see Hippos, Giraffes, Buffalos, Elephants, warthogs and lots of different impala like species, along with a rich diverse bird life. The lodge itself is a great experience, as it's settled right in the middle of the jungle where your cellphones will not have any coverage and where even electricity can't reach the place, so the only light you'll see by night is from the lamps that guide you through the bush to your accommodation and back to the main area where this ambient combined with all the noises from the millions of living things around you lets you feel like you're living an Out of Africa (the movie) experience. Truly a wonderful feeling and a memorable experience. The food was great, everyone is extremely nice, and although you're in the middle of the bush just right in nowhere, everything is extremely well kept and the houses are just amazing. The walls are just waist high, so you sleep in a very refined ambient where everything from the construction of the house to the amenities are made give you a better feel of living in the wild, with a fair amount of luxury. Wonderful experience. Remember to not carry large luggage as you'll have to leave your vehicle in a car park outside the Reserve. From there you'll be taken in a 4x4 Land Rover inside the game reserve all the way to the camp.

Fabian Roecke - Germany on 18 November 2012

Great place for Safari. Great accommodation with very special "rooms" and very delicious food - definitely worth a trip!

Gabriella Hauch & Karu Fallend - Vienna/Austria on 08 February 2012

Relaxing!

Ruta Badiam - Brazil on 03 February 2012

Wonderful place!

Carole Anne & Jim Collier - Netherlands on 31 January 2012

A very special experience!

T Olches/Drewes - Berlin on 28 January 2012

Amazing place, great atmosphere, lovely people.

Heyward Family - Austria on 09 January 2012

Beautiful haven, gorgeous birds, fabulous staff!

Nishio - Japan on 28 June 2011

Our stay at Reilly’s Rock was perfect. It is located in the Mlilwane reserve where there was lots of wildlife to see. We enjoyed looking at these creatures walking around freely. The bush babies were absolutely cute and amazing. We took lots of snaps of them. The accommodation was good. It was clean, spacious and neatly arranged. We had a comfortable stay there. The entire place is calm and quiet. It is absolutely peaceful staying here. The staff are friendly and take effort to make you feel comfortable while you are here. We simply loved our stay at this place. We recommend it to anyone.

Herve Biollu - on 22 April 2011

Very nice, quiet and peaceful place. The bungalow was perfect for our family (two adults and two teens). Staff was very kind. We had a pleasant dinner around the fire and we enjoyed the breakfast as well with a nice view over the valley.

Andrea Waschke - on 29 November 2010

Very special place in a great surrounding. Staff are very nice and helpful. Would definitely come back again.

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