Conserving Eswatini's Natural and Cultural Heritage
Eswatini National Trust Commission

Our logo is adapted from a painting by Phillip Dlamini, 1998, of a purple crested turaco. In traditional Swazi dress, the red feathers feature in the royal headdress, so this bird illustration is not only a symbol for wildlife conservation, but also of cultural heritage.

Purple crested turaco
Weir, Mlawula River

Hydrology - Mlawula Nature Reserve

The Mbuluzi, Mlawula, and Siphiso rivers flow through the reserve. The Siphiso represents the only river whose catchment area is nearly included in the reserve. The Mbuluzi and Mlawula rivers are perennial. The Mlawula only became so since the irrigation of the cane fields in 1979. The remaining rivers and streams dry up during the winter months, except in some stretches such as rhino pools and croc pool. There are a number of small pans in the reserve at Ndzindza and Mbuluzi. There are three dams on the Mlawula that were originally installed by cattle ranchers as well as a weir on the Mlawula River, adjacent to Mlawula Railway Station. The Mlawula and Mbuluzi rivers are polluted by sugar, fertilisers, molasses, and high sediment loads due to commercial agriculture. These pollutants reduce oxygen levels, increase nutrients levels and turbidity. These conditions result in algal blooms and fish kills. The Mlawula and Mbuluzi are also a permanent source of alien plant seeds.

Siphiso River, dry and in flood

The Siphiso River is usually dry with occasional pools along its length. From time to time, if there have been heavy rains upstream, the river will flow for its entire length.

Our Contacts:
Head Quarters: (+268) 2416 1489/1179

King Sobhuza II Park: (+268) 2416 1489/1179

National Museum: (+268) 2416 1489/1179


Malolotja Nature Reserve: (+268) 2444 3241 / (+268) 2416 1480

Mantenga Nature Reserve and Swati Cultural Village: 2416 1151/1178

Mlawula Nature Reserve: (+268) 2383 8885 (Reception)
(+268) 2383 8453 (Senior Warden)

Magadzavane Lodge: (+268) 2343 5108/9

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