Eswatini - Chubeka Trails

  • Open Dec-Sep
  • Set arrivals
  • 7 nights / 6 days of riding | 3 to 7 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Johannesburg
  • Weight limit: 13st 5lbs (85 kg) (187 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 8

Eswatini (the Kingdom of Swaziland) is known for its rich culture, warm people and varied scenery.

This riding holiday offers great riding with comfortable accommodation at Mlilwane’s Rest Camp and KaMsholo’s Tinsele Camp.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Eswatini’s pioneer conservation area, established over 60 years ago. On day 6, after a 2 hour drive across Eswatini, you move to KaMsholo which is a small pristine lowveld reserve tucked under the impressive Lubombo Mountains.

On some dates, in the drier months, the 7 night itinerary includes a two nights sleep out at EmaSomini Fly Camp.

Diversity and flexibility are the highlights of this holiday – Mlilwane offers great plains rides, climbing the Nyonyane Mountain, river crossings, with spectacular views across the Malkerns, Ezulwini and Mantenga Valleys. At KaMsholo you ride in the bushveld with giraffe sightings against the Lubombo backdrop and have the opportunity to herd the beautiful Nguni cattle.

Being largely camp-based there is also the possibility of opting out of a ride for a different activity such as a swim or a little more rest, relaxation and quiet time should you prefer.

 

 

Due to the steep terrain much of the riding will be steady, but there are also plenty of opportunities for good canters. There are some steep ascents and descents and on which you may have to dismount and walk. You should be fit enough for up to six hours in the saddle and able to sit encounters with local livestock and dogs.

Saddle

The horses are mainly Warmblood crosses with Boerperd and Arab, but also include Friesian, Clydesdale and Percheron crossbreeds. They range in height from 14.2hh to 16hh.

The saddles are Leon Liversage Enduro saddles, which are very comfortable for the long hours on the trail. All horses are ridden in snaffle bridles. The riding style is English.

There is a rider weight limit of 85kg.

Hard hats are mandatory.

 

 

At the Mlilwane Rest Camp you normally stay in one of the four Lontweni Rondavels. Each rondavel has a double bed and single bed and en suite bathroom. There is also a veranda and private seating area.

Tinsele Camp at KaMsholo has 8 rondavels, each with a spacious bathroom and verandah. The camp has a lovely swimming pool and large lawn area. The Camp is about 2kms from the stables and restaurant area.

If on an itinerary which includes Sleep Out then two nights are spent in simple bush camps. The camping is in two man dome tents with bedrolls provided. There are warm water bush showers and eco-friendly long-drop toilets. The efficient support crew prepare meals around the camp fire and transport your luggage although you are welcome to help with camp chores and with looking after the horses.

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Upcoming Dates

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Mlilwane & KaMsholo (Sleep Out) 30 Aug 2024 - 6 Sep 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,113.17 View (.pdf) Book
Mlilwane & KaMsholo 17 Sep 2024 - 24 Sep 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,084.75 View (.pdf) Book
Mlilwane & KaMsholo 6 Dec 2024 - 13 Dec 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,084.75 View (.pdf) Book
Mlilwane & KaMsholo 6 Jan 2025 - 13 Jan 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £1,199.98 View (.pdf) Book
Mlilwane & KaMsholo 20 Jan 2025 - 27 Jan 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £1,199.98 View (.pdf) Book
Mlilwane & KaMsholo 10 Feb 2025 - 17 Feb 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £1,199.98 View (.pdf) Book
Mlilwane & KaMsholo 8 Mar 2025 - 15 Mar 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £1,199.98 View (.pdf) Book
Mlilwane & KaMsholo 31 Mar 2025 - 7 Apr 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £1,199.98 View (.pdf) Book
Mlilwane & KaMsholo 14 Apr 2025 - 21 Apr 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £1,199.98 View (.pdf) Book
Mlilwane & KaMsholo (Sleep Out) 5 May 2025 - 12 May 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £1,289.00 View (.pdf) Book
Mlilwane & KaMsholo (Sleep Out) 19 May 2025 - 26 May 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £1,289.00 View (.pdf) Book
Mlilwane & KaMsholo (Sleep Out) 16 Jun 2025 - 23 Jun 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £1,289.00 View (.pdf) Book
Mlilwane & KaMsholo (Sleep Out) 30 Jun 2025 - 7 Jul 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £1,289.00 View (.pdf) Book
Mlilwane & KaMsholo (Sleep Out) 1 Sep 2025 - 8 Sep 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £1,289.00 View (.pdf) Book
Mlilwane & KaMsholo 20 Sep 2025 - 27 Sep 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £1,199.98 View (.pdf) Book
Mlilwane & KaMsholo 8 Dec 2025 - 15 Dec 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £1,199.98 View (.pdf) Book
Mlilwane & KaMsholo 15 Dec 2025 - 22 Dec 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £1,199.98 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

INCLUDES Meals; accommodation; riding.

A Conservation Fee (for 7 nights) of £26.42 (2025: £27.97) per adult or £13.21 (2025: £13.99) per child will be added to your invoice.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (7 nights) will be charged until a sharer is confirmed. 2024: Mlilwane & KaMsholo £74.60. Mlilwane & KaMsholo with Sleep Out £80.59. 2025: Mlilwane & KaMsholo £97.91. Mlilwane & KaMsholo with Sleep Out £101.24.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Tips; Drinks; Internal transfer between Mlilwane and KaMsholo which costs ZAR 725 per person each way (minimum 2)  and ZAR 1,450 each way if on your own in the car. The transfer prices are not yet confirmed for 2025.

NEAREST AIRPORT King Mswati III Airport (in Eswatini) or Johannesburg

TRANSFERS  Most people transfer from Johannesburg to Eswatini by shuttle bus which takes about four hours by road and costs £42.07 each way. Price for 2025 to be confirmed.

It is also possible to fly into or out of Eswatini's King Mswati III Airport and transfers can be arranged from the airport to the start of the ride (and vice versa) at a cost of c. £33.89 per person one way (minimum 2).

Transfer prices are to be confirmed for 2025.


Getting There

If not self-driving, then most international riders transfer from Johannesburg to Eswatini by shuttle bus from Johannesburg. This is a scheduled service which costs in the region of GBP 40 each way and must be pre-booked to guarantee space. The ride operator can book this on your behalf and the cost is added to your invoice.

Your flight should arrive at Johannesburg airport at the latest by 07:30. This is so you will be in time to get the scheduled shuttle bus which departs from the airport at 09:00. The bus service will not wait for you if your flight is delayed. There is a later shuttle bus departing at 11:00 but you could not rely on this to have space and it would mean that you would miss the afternoon ride and incur additional transfer costs.

To save any worries over delayed flights we recommend you consider arriving into Johannesburg the day before and overnighting at an airport hotel.

Return flights should depart Johannesburg after 20:00. The shuttle bus is expected to arrive back to Johannesburg airport by 16:00 but, since it is a four hour journey and includes a border crossing, delays are possible. Therefore we recommend your flight departs after 20:00.

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Location

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is in the Ezulwini Valley of central Eswatini, south of the city of Mbabane.


Weather & Climate

Along the western highlands Eswatini has a temperate climate. The eastern and southern lowveld areas of eSwatini are generally hot. Eswatini lies in a summer rainfall region.

The autumn months of March to May see the trees change to a beautiful colour, and towards the end of May it will get cooler. June to August is winter. Days are pleasantly warm, in the range 17 ºC to 25 ºC, ideal for riding.

Nights can be cold; in the mountains temperatures can drop sharply and frosts are not uncommon. Rain is unlikely in June and July, but possible in September.

September to November is spring. It’s a lovely time of year as the rains bring the first green grass and blossom on the trees.

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Guest Review

The horses were in excellent condition and it was very evident that the welfare of the horses was paramount. The whole holiday far exceeded my expectations. I was perfectly teamed up with a horse that ensured I had the most wonderful 6 days of trail riding. Millpond was a perfect gentleman. All the information I required had been provided by email and in my holiday pack. Magical. A gem of a holiday, I will be returning.

Michelle ,Cheshire

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

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In The Saddle says

Eswatini has an amazing range of terrain and wildlife for such a small country. This is an ideal trip for anyone interested in an authentic safari with wilderness camping.

Email: rides@inthesaddle.com

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