- Open May-Jul, Sep
- Set arrivals
- to nights / 6 days of riding | 4 to 6 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Johannesburg
- Weight limit: 13st 5lbs (85 kg) (187 pounds)
- Usual maximum: 8
The Kingdom of Swaziland is known for its rich culture, warm people and varied scenery. Based from the historical Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, the riding route takes you through plains, up into the scenic western mountains and passing through rural Swazi communities. During ascent, the rides may be slow, but there will be opportunities for faster riding each day.
After the riding trail from Mlilwane you head first to Hlane, where there is the opportunity to see lion and elephant from the safety of a safari vehicle, and then on to the lowveld of Mkhaya Game Reserve, home to both black and white rhino.
The reserves you visit have completely different habitats; Mlilwane is mountains and grassland whilst Mkhaya is typical lowveld thorn veld, so an amazing combination.
Due to the steep terrain much of the riding will be slow, 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.
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 80 kgs (12st 7lb).
Hard hats are mandatory.
Additional dates may be possible for groups of 6 or more.
INCLUDES Accommodation; meals; riding; game drives; park entrance fees and transfers between lodges in Swaziland.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT of $290.49 is charged until we find you a sharer. If you are willing to share a room (and we find you a sharer) but would like a single tent for the three nights camping then the supplement is reduced to $125.25.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Tips
NEAREST AIRPORT Johannesburg
TRANSFERS The transfer from Johannesburg to Mlilwane in Swaziland takes about four hours by road. Most people transfer from Johannesburg by shuttle bus which costs $44.32 each way and is prebooked for you. Your flight should arrive at Johannesburg airport by 8am. Return flights should depart after 8pm. If your flight arrives outside these times additional transfer costs may apply.
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is in the Ezulwini Valley of central Swaziland, south of the city of Mbabane.
Weather & Climate
Along the western highlands Swaziland has a temperate climate and in the eastern and southern lowveld areas Swaziland is generally hot. Swaziland lies in a summer rainfall region.
During the autumn months of March to May, 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/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.