(By R.Ncongwane, Feb.15, 2016) Swaziland is home of famous wildlife parks and game reserves in the world. Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Halne Royal National Park or Mkhaya Game Reserve, all are quite and peaceful places to observe very closely as a real life time experience in Africa.
Currently the Kingdom ranks at No.105 in ranking of visitors statistics data which shows more than 968,000 tourist visited the Kingdom in 2013. While in past, this number was only 281,000 in year 2000.
Now, the numbers are believed to be boosted in coming years under His Majesty King Mswati III great vision 2022. Swaziland Ministry of Tourism may collaborate with Malaysia to boost its tourism as Malaysia attracted 25,715,000 visitors in 2013 and is a country with very deep friendly relation and has its diplomatic relationship as well the recent appointment of HRH Princess Sikhanyiso Special Envoy may also help in increasing the number of visitors in coming years. It is believed that the Swaziland Ministry of Tourism will express its willingness to seek cooperation from Malaysian partners to boost its tourism industry which has a great potential in the region due to its most peaceful and investors friendly policies.
Superb Scenery, diverse birdlife and close encounters with Africa’s legendary wildlife, including the Big 5, continue to thrill many visitors and a stay in Swaziland is incomplete without a visit to one of the game or nature reserves.
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Mlilwane, Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area, is a beautiful, secluded sanctuary situated in Swaziland’s “Valley of Heaven”, the Ezulwini Valley, in between Mbabane and Manzini.
The Sanctuary covers 4,560 hectares and comprises of a southern and northern section.
Hlane Royal National Park
Hlane is home to the largest herds of game in the Kingdom. Hlane with its adjacent dispersal areas covers 30 000 hectares of Swazi bushveld, dominated by ancient hardwood vegetation.
Mkhaya Game Reserve
Mkhaya was established in 1979 to save the pure Nguni breed of cattle from extinction and is a proclaimed Nature Reserve. Its focus has expanded over the years to include other endangered species such as black rhino, roan & sable antelope, tsessebe, white rhino, elephant and other locally endangered species.