Mkhaya and Lebombo Mountains

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Mkhaya and Lebombo Mountains

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"Mkhaya Private Game Reserve is one of Swaziland’s precious gems. Dominated by acacia and a refuge for the country’s endangered wildlife, the reserve offers a genuine non-commercialized experience of Africa. The game reserve is another Swaziland success story thanks to the Reilly’s Rehabilitation Project; which is affiliated with Ted Reilly who brought the wildlife of Mlilwane back from near extinction as the sanctuary’s first warden.

Once again, thanks to excellent management of yet another conservation area, Mkhaya protects the country’s endangered game species, such as the black rhino, which was reintroduced into the area after it was wiped out. The adaptability of the reintroduction of black rhino was so successful that we guarantee a better chance of spotting endangered black rhino at Mkhaya, compared to any other sanctuary in southern Africa.

Other successful breeding programs include the purebred Nguni cattle, white rhino, sable, eland, elephant, roan and tsessebe, all roaming the African landscape freely. Further east, you will find the Lebomba Mountains within the Lebomba District of Swaziland."

Access Details

Mkhaya does not have a reception as such. Visitors will strictly be picked up in the town of Phuzumoya (on the MR8, follow the signs to Mkhaya). When entering this town you will see a small yellow grocery store with some signs of Mkhaya next to it. As strange and barren as it may look, this is the pickup point.

For people who booked the accommodation in Mkhaya, pickup times are as arranged (but mostly around 16:00). For people who do a day tour, pickup times are strictly around 10:00 and 16:00.

Suggested Stay Details

A visit of 1 to 2 nights is enough to gain a unique Swazi Safari experience.

Type of Experience

WILDLIFE WONDERS: Mkhaya Game Reserve is dominated by 6000 species of plant life, including the oldest seed-bearing plant in the world; the ancient cycad which is protected by law. You are sure to experience encounters with the wildlife up close in open vehicle safaris; sightings of rhino, elephant and buffalo are all on the agenda.


Less developed than other tourist destinations, Swaziland is ideal for those wishing to get off the beaten track and gain a sense of rural Africa. Most Swazi citizens live in traditional homesteads, instead of cities and villages.

Accommodation on offer is semi-open stone and thatch cottages, log cabins and traditional thatched huts for visitors to gain the full Africa experience.


The protected lands of Mkhaya are dominated by acacia and thornveld in the south, and broadleaf sandveld in the north.


Initially, the private reserve was established in 1979 to save the pure Nguni breed of cattle from extinction. Since then, the protected area has become a haven for endangered species such as the black rhino, roan & sable antelope, tsessebe, white rhino, elephant and other locally endangered species.

Activities & Highlights

"EXPLORE THE LAND: Enjoy a horse ride along the Usutu River or follow in the footsteps of ancient hunters by exploring the land through self guided walking safari.

ADRENALINE DRIVEN: Lebomba Mountain is one of the most scenic landscapes in Swaziland and the rocky scenery is broken by three rivers; the Ngwavuma, Usutu and the Mbuluzi. The rapid rivers and mountainous landscape provides the ideal setting for all seeking the thrill of outdoor adventure. White river rafting, mountain climbing, and hikes are all on offer to keep the daringly, brave, and physically fit more than ecstatic with adrenaline pumping activities.

Season Travel Details

Graced with a moderate to subtropical climate, the area has two main seasons. The rainy summer months are from October to May with warm to hot temperatures from December to February. Dry winter months are between June to September with much cooler temperatures.

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