Wednesday, 06 January 2016 14:27

Swaziland Achieves New Highs and Lows

The Kingdom of Swaziland is the perfect choice for adrenaline seekers. As the smallest country of Southern Africa, you can enjoy a wide range of adventure activities from the tree top canopy tour in Malolotaja Nature Reserve to caving the only major granite cave system known in Southern Africa.

The Malolotja zip wire is a heart-in-mouth experience that everyone should try. Situated in a gorge deep in the Malolotja Nature Reserve in northern Swaziland, 11 elevated forest platforms await.  The lines begin slow and short to provide a slight taste of what is to come then gradually become more intense, ranging from fast to high (almost 80m off the ground!) to a shaky (but secure) suspension bridge over the Majolamba River. It can take up to 3 hours to complete, with exceptional views of scenery and fascinating wildlife. Baboon Rock is a favourite for tourists to see the baboons that frequently use it as their sunning spot.

This tree top canopy tour provides an opportunity to combine adrenaline with appreciation of the natural environment. As well as being a family friendly activity, the zip wire is also environmentally friendly. The lines go through the trees, rather than cutting them down, proving to have a minimal impact on the surroundings. The bases between each zip blend into the surroundings, offering a wonderful bird’s eye view of Malolotja gorge.

From high up in the sky to deep underground, an 800m course of subterranean passages 90m below ground provide a unique cave system formed by the Kophola River that flows underground between Msunduza and Kophola mountains. This is the only major granite cave system known in Southern Africa, and comprises of a series of water-eroded chambers with names such as ‘Key Hole, ‘French Connectionand for the Harry Potter Fans, ‘Platform Nine and Three Quarters. Progress through the caves is slow and strenuous but also exhilarating - with belly crawls, body jams and fluttering bats! Swazilands highlands, mountains and gorges offer opportunities to both climb and descend a number of rock faces.

Swaziland has its fair share of offerings when it comes to an adrenaline rush, other examples include River Tubing down the beautiful Ngwempisi River, climbing and abseiling on Swazilands mountains and gorges, white water rafting on the Usutu river, Quad biking the ‘Devils Cauldron, mountain biking with wildlife at the Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary or trekking at the largest exposed granite pluton in the world!


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Adele Cutler, Swaziland Tourism PR

Tel: +44 (0)1664 823750   M: +44 (0) 7976 578988    
[email protected]

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Thursday, 03 December 2015 10:53

Swaziland Celebrates 50 Years of White Rhino

The Kingdom of Swaziland is well known for its efforts in rhino conservation and the country's strong political preventative legislation have been central to this success. 

Swaziland's rhino protection is unmatched by any other country according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In 2015, Swaziland celebrates the 50th anniversary of the white rhino reintroduction to the country. Both black and white rhino were absent from Swaziland for nearly 70 years until 1965, when the first pair of white rhinos were reintroduced to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

During the 'Rhino Wars' (1988-1992) close to one hundred rhinos were killed by poachers in the country, with thousands more across the rest of Africa. Since then just three rhinos have been poached in Swaziland. The country achieves this conservation success as a result of the Game Act, a highly effective piece of conservation legislation that was initiated by the country's conservationist, Ted Reilly, approved by his majesty King Mswati III and the Parliament.

Swaziland's Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve offer some of the best places in Africa to see both black and white rhinos in the wild. Visitors have the opportunity to track rhino on foot. Due it its anti-poaching success rhino here are less cautious and experiences here are up close and personal.

Rhino poaching across the world is now at crisis point and if it continues to increase at the current rate, these iconic species could sadly be extinct in the wild by 2026. 

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