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
Zebra and Blesbok in Malolotja

Activities and Attractions


Hiking in Malolotja

Hiking and Short Walks

Malolotja offers a diverse range of hiking opportunities, varying from short walks to overnight trails taking advantage of the network of over 200 kms of hiking trails and seventeen backpacking camps. A seven day trail could encompass all areas of the park.

Mantenga offers hiking trails along the river and on the mountain, providing an opportunity to enjoy the rich birdlife of the area. Guided hikes can be booked with interpretation provided by a Swazi field guide.

Mlawula has a network of 50 kms of trails, ranging in duration from 1.5 hours to 2 days (all water must be carried), and offers the rare opportunity for visitors to walk self-guided through the bushveld to experience the more intimate encounters with nature and wildlife. The trails in the Lubombo mountains provide excellent views across Swaziland to the west and as far as the Mozambique coast in the east.

Game Drives

Both Malolotja and Mlawula offer opportunities for game drives. Guided drives can be arranged at Mlawula, enquire at Magadzavane Lodge.

Malolotja Treetop Canopy Tour

The Treetop Canopy Tour at Malolotja offers a unique opportunity to glide across a forested gorge within the park.


Eswatini is an excellent country for bird watching, with almost 500 species being found within the country. Malolotja offers a diverse range of highveld and middleveld species, including birds such as the blue swallow, bald ibis, striped flufftail, black rumped buttonquail and many other interesting species. Mantenga is home to a variety of predominantly middleveld species. Mlawula is noteworthy for its high diversity of birdlife, including a number of species not found in the higher parts of the country.

Mountain biking

Both Malolotja and Mlawula offer opportunities for mountain biking.


Fishing in the Mbuluzi and Mlawula rivers at Mlawula is a popular pasttime. A fishing permit can be obtained athte Mlawula main entrance.


Malolotja, Mantenga and Mlawula all have picnic sites available for visitors.


Swazi Cultural Village Tour

The Swazi Cultural Village at Mantenga offers visitors the opportunity to learn about a traditional Swazi village, as it would have been constructed in the late 19th century.

Mantenga Traditional Dancers

Traditional Dancing

Mantenga hosts twice daily performances by the Mantenga traditional dance troupe.

The National Museum, located at Lobamba, offers both ethnographic and natural history information.

National Museum King Sobhuza II Park

The King Sobhuza II Park, also at Lobamba, opposite the Parliament, and is open from Mondays to Fridays, from 8 am to 5 pm.

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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