Activities available in Execution Rock

Region: Hhohho
Attraction Type: Landscape/Scenic


Execution Rock

The striking Nyonyane Mountain with its exposed granite peak known as the Execution Rock is in, and is accessed through Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

With its peak at 1110m, Nyonyane is where ancient Bushmen once lived and where Swazi Royal graves are situated giving historical significance. Ancient stories are often told how this magnificent peak acquired its name. Swazis suspected of witchcraft or criminals were forced to walk off the edge at spear-point for their crimes.

Hiking up to the summit of Execution Rock are a firm favourite. Get yourself a map from Mlilwane’s Activity Centre and take a hike up the summit. There are numerous trails to the summit including the Machobane Trail, with most departing from Mlilwane’s Rest Camp and some from Reilly’s Rock. Chubeka Trails, offers a 3- 4 hour Rock of Execution Challenge on horseback to the summit. Watch the sunrise and sunset over the Ezulwini Valley, Malkerns and Lobamba with Mlilwane’s Sunrise and Sunset Game Drives culminating at Execution Rock.

At the Nyakato viewpoint on Nyonyane, enjoy stunning views of adjecent Sheba’s Breasts, the stunning Mantenga waterfall and beautiful Usushwana Valley that form the divide, before stretching up to northern section, which includes one of the highest surrounding points at Luphohlo.

Keep an ear out for beating drums from Mantenga Cultural Village. Try to spot Matsapha town in the distance as well as Mantenga Lodge’s terrace which enjoys spectacular views of Execution Rock.