Mlilwane Explorer - Eswatini

Mlilwane Explorer

5 star rating   11 September 2019

Meriel (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) eSwatini Chubeka Trails | I had two lovely horses. African Ace was experienced, fast (I won the race!!!) and very sure-footed. Manola a big rangy WB x was lovely, polite and also very sure footed despite it being his first time in the mountains.
The riding was varied, fabulous scenery and the hills were challenging, especially the scrambles, so a little adrenaline produced, which is always good. We did plenty of canters and our two guides looked after us superbly.
While not full of big game there were lots of antelope and a great encounter with a Baboon, lots of crocodiles (Aghh), cows and amazing birds. A lovely chilled enjoyable 6 days.


The Riding

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The Accommodation

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Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

The food was FAB. Amazing soups, lots of veg which is unusual on holiday and the meat was yummy. Breakfast, my favorite meal was full of options and healthy stuff.

I loved the variety of accommodation. One night camping was very cold so I suggest you tell people to bring a woolly hat and some salapets for sitting around the camp fire. [ITS comment: thank you for your tip, we will revise our what to bring list.]


Before Your Holiday

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Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

Nothing really except adding the warm clothes I have mentioned above.


How could we improve the way we handled your booking and payment?

Nothing it was really efficient.


Do you have any other feedback for us?

I loved it and I will definitely go back. Ann Reilly organised a superb holiday and that fact that she accompanied us to Hlane and Mkaya and gave us the benefit of her amazing knowledge on wildlife, Swazi culture etc enhanced our experience greatly.
Our guides were amazing, great fun and really helpful at every turn. The two days at the end, at the other 2 reserves is a great idea, gives one the 'big game' fix and we saw more of the countryside travelling between the 3 places.

What a great place !