Activities
Locations to do Outdoor Activities:
Bulembu Execution Rock Ezulwini Valley Hlane Royal National Park Lubombo Conservancy Lubombo Mountains Maguga Dam Mahamba Gorge Malkerns Malolotja Nature Reserve Mantenga Reserve, Village & Falls Mbuluzi Game Reserve Mhlambanyatsi Mkhaya Game Reserve Mlawula Nature Reserve Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Ngwempisi Wilderness Area Ngwenya Mine / Lion Cavern Nhlangano Nsangwini Rock Art Phophonyane Nature Reserve Pigg’s Peak Shewula Nature Reserve Sibebe Rock Siteki Summerfield Botanical Garden

Lodges offering Outdoor Activities:
Asante Guest House Brackenhill Lodge Buhleni Farm Chalets Bulembu Country Lodge City Court Lodge Eden Guest House Ekulindzeni Leisure Homes Esibayeni Lodge Esther's Lodge Foresters Arms Hotel Gibela Getaway Happy Valley Hotel and Casino Hawane Resort Hlane Bhubesi Camp Hlane Campsite Hlane Ndlovu Camp Immanuel Guesthouse Jerry's Campsite Kent Rock Bed & Breakfast Lidwala Backpacker's Lodge Lugogo Sun Mabuda Farm Magadzavane Lodge Maguga Dam House Boat Maguga Lodge Mahamba Gorge Lodge Malandelas Bed and Breakfast Malolotja Cabins Malolotja Campsite Mananga Country Club Mantenga Lodge Manzini Lodge Mapelepele Cottage Mbuluzi Game Reserve Camp Site Mhlume Country Club Mlilwane Campsites Mlilwane Rest Camp Mphangele Lodge Mvubu Falls Myxo’s Backpackers Myxo's Village Home Stays Nisela Safaris Nkhankanka Lodge Nkonyeni Lodge & Golf Estate Nyanza Guest Cottages Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge Phumula Guesthouse Piggs Peak Hotel and Casino Rainbird Chalets B&B Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge Royal Swazi Shewula Mountain Camp Sibane Hotel Silverstone Falls Singwe Lodge Siphiso Campsite Siteki Hotel Sondzela Backpackers Summerfield Botanical Garden & Exclusive Resort Sunset View Guest House Tambankulu Club & Guest House Tamboti Tented Lodge The Place The Tented Lodge Umdoni Valley View Lodge Veki's Guesthouse Wide Horizons Willows Lodge

Outdoor Activities

With the massive variety of Swaziland’s natural landscapes, it’s no surprise that there is a wealth of outdoor activities available in this small, beautiful country.

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Walks & Treks

What better way to explore Swaziland’s many and varied highlands, forests, and reserves than on foot. There are paths and trails in many locations across the country allowing for hikes from a couple of hours to many days in duration, and give access to places and views that are inaccessible by vehicle. Alternatively, those with initiative and a good map or GPS can simply head off into countryside. The level of trail can be as strenuous as you wish, from very easy to very challenging. Swaziland’s many superb hiking destinations include Bulembu, Mahamba, Malolotja, Mlawula, Ngwempisi, Mlilwane, Shewula and SibebeLubombo Mountains. A more detailed run down of the country’s hiking locations can be found on this page.

Horse Riding

Exploring on horseback offers perhaps even greater freedom than on foot or on a bike and views always seem to be more spectacular when seen from the back of a horse! Swaziland offers visitors the opportunity to discover the beautiful country along a number of horse riding trails and, again, duration can be anything form a couple of hours to a number of days, depending on experience and ability. The main stables all have good facilities and cater to all levels they are found at: Mlilwane (Chubeka Trails), Ezulwini Valley (Hoofbeat Safaris), Mhlambanyatsi (Foresters Arms Hotel), Hawane Resort, Malkerns (Nyanza Stables).

Quad Biking

Swaziland has a handful of Quad biking opportunities. From hour-long dedicated quad bike trails to half day explorations, there are some high quality experiences on offer. Quad bikes, and trails are available with Swazi Trails in the Ezulwini Valley, and at Hawane Resort and Nkonyeni Golf Estate.

 

4x4 Trips

Whenever a lodge or hotel in Swaziland offers a tour of a more rural area, or reserve, it will be by 4x4 due to the nature of the roads and tracks. For dedicated off-road enthusiasts, there are also several unofficial 4x4 routes around Swaziland that give wonderful opportunities to see the less accessible parts of the country. All off-road driving must follow standard environmental guidelines.

Mountain Biking

Another great way to explore Swaziland’s stunning landscapes is by mountain bike. As with walking and trekking, the most adventurous can set out on their own across the country. However, there are popular, specific mountain bike trails in a number of locations, including Mhlambanyatsi, Hawane, Hlane, Malolotja, Mbuluzi and Shewula. Bikes are available for hire at some but not all places. The annual IMVELO Classic is the biggest and most popular biking event, and takes place each June in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Mbabane now also boasts a ground breaking cycle park. The Coronation Cycle Park offers a technical and pioneering circuit in and around Coronation Park, with a number of obstacles, including a 6 meter drop bridge, twisted pallets and rocky sections. 

Boat Trips

As a land-locked country, Swaziland has no coastline that would allow for trips out to sea that are found in neighbouring South Africa and Mozambique. However, power boats, yachts, dinghies and canoes may be used on various dams/reservoirs around the country, including Hawane Dam, Maguga Dam, Sand River Dam and Van Eck Dam. Houseboats can be hired on Maguga Dam and Sand River Dam.