This region takes its name from the line of flat-topped mountains that form Swaziland’s eastern border with Mozambique. Apart from those mountains, the region is lowveld, characterized by vast sugar estates, served by towns such as Big Bend and Siteki. It is home to the country’s greatest number of nature/wildlife reserves, including Nisela Safaris, the Mkhaya Game Reserve (one of the best places in Africa to see rhino) and the trio making up the Lubombo Conservancy: Hlane Royal National Park, Mlawaula Nature Reserve and Mbuluzi Nature Reserve. Here visitors may spot a vast diversity of animals, including the Big Five and bird life that is second to none, all within protected bushveld areas that incorporate wonderful indigenous plants and trees. The bird life in this region is among the most prolific in the country with more than 350 species and due to the extent of the conservation areas, there are many majestic raptors as well as brown-headed parrots in their hundreds. A wide choice of accommodation is available within the reserves at the various rest camps.
Atop the beautiful Lubombo Mountains is the Shewula Nature Reserve – home to one of the country’s most successful community tourism projects.