Lodges offering Adventure Activities:
Swaziland’s mountains, valleys, rivers and other natural wonders make it the ideal choice for those seeking adrenaline activities. It has built reputation for a variety of thrilling adventure activities that once again belies its small size.
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Those who want to get beneath the surface of Swaziland – literally – could try this innovative activity run by Swazi Trails. It explores a unique cave system formed by the Kophola River that flows underground between Msunduza and Kophola Mountains, just off the Malagwane Hill between Mbabane and the Ezulwini Valley. There is an 800m course of subterranean passages some 90m below ground. This is the only major granite cave system known in Southern Africa, and comprises a series of water-eroded chambers with names such as Key Hole, French Connection and (for Harry Potter fans) Platform Nine and Three-Quarters’. Progress is slow and strenuous – with belly crawls, body jams and fluttering bats – but no experience is necessary. Participants must be reasonably fit, aged 8–65, and able to fit through narrow passageways. All necessary equipment is provided and trained guides accompany the two-hour course course.
Malolotaja Nature Reserve is home to Swaziland’s first and only Tree Top Canopy Tour. This is located in the Sihlotswane Gorge, where one 50m suspension bridge and 11 wooden platforms have been ingeniously affixed to the steep sides. Participants descend the gorge by ziplining down on a steel cable from platform to platform high above over the forest canopy and Majolomba river. Some lines are more than 300m long. The canopy tour offers views of towering cliff faces and the tree tops across the forest. Safety is paramount, and the system has been built to the highest civil engineering standards. Guides are trained professionals and this breath taking experience can be enjoyed by people of all ages. For the Malolotja Canopy Tour official website, click here
Climbing & Abseiling
Swaziland’s highlands, mountains and gorges offer opportunities to both climb and descend a number of rock faces.
Tubing is organised by All Out Africa Tours on the Ngwempisi river between Khelekhele Lodge and a point below Kopho (Rock) Lodge. Participants float downstream in large adapted inner tubes, kitted out with safety helmets. The route passes for about 5km through the rapids of Ngwempisi Gorge. This is a wonderful way to experience a remote are of real beauty and spectacular scenery.
White Water Rafting
Trips are run by Swazi Trails on the Bulungapoort section of the Usutu River, between Sidvokodvo and Siphofaneni, in the centre of Swaziland. This is a remote and inspiring stretch of river. Its brown waters thunder through clefts and gorges, alternating with calmer stretches of bush and grazing land. You can expect fine views of rural Swaziland, with imposing rock formations, riverbank community life and a fair amount of wildlife. For most of the year this is generally a Grade III (medium difficulty) rafting river. In peak flow, however, it rises to Grade IV, and even has Grade V and VI sections, which the rafting trips avoid. As the trips use two-person inflatable rafts, with no guide on board, there is more to do than when simply floating downstream on a ten-man raft, where you need only hold on. That said, it is perfectly suited to first-timers, especially during the May–October low water season.