"Swaziland Regions | North East Swaziland"
A visitor to
Swaziland travelling from Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga to Kwazulu Natal
will enter Swaziland at the Border Gate/Mananga border post.
Sugar Estates cover most of this region and the visitor to Swaziland will pass through hectares of waving sugar cane with the Lebombo Mountains in the background of one of them. These estates provide employment for thousands of Swazi People. Passing through Tshaneni, Mhlume, Tambankulu and Simunye the visitor to Swaziland will notice the orderly layout and neatness of these estates. Each of these estates has its own village with shops, church, schools, medical facilities and country clubs. Accommodation and restaurants can be found at the country clubs.
The visitor to Swaziland wishing to travel to Mozambique can also use this route. One would drive from Simunye or Tambankulu to the border post at Lomahasha.
In this region the visitor to Swaziland will find Hlane Royal National Park, the Biggest National Park in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Hlane covers an area of 30 000 hectares and is home to the Big Five. Hlane Royal National Park has the largest game herds in the Kingdom of Swaziland and is home to the most southerly colony of nesting Malibu Stork. Hlane has the highest density of raptors in the Kingdom of Swaziland, most of which, nest in the park. Ndlovu camp has thatched chalets overlooking a water hole. The chalets are all fully serviced and equipped for the self catering visitor. Camping and caravans are also catered for. Ndlovu camp has no electricity which only adds to the real camping experience. Simunye country club, with its restaurant, is but a short distance away for those who donít like to cook whilst on holiday.
Mlawula Nature Reserve is situated in rugged country below and upon the Lebombo Mountains. The Lebombo Mountains run the length of the reserve from North to South with altitudes ranging from 75 to 570 metres within the reserve. In the Mlawula Nature Reserve the visitor to Swaziland will encounter the cycads unique to this area and found nowhere else in the World. There is a variety of game to be viewed such as white rhino, warthog, baboon, impala, nyala, kudu, waterbuck, zebra, wildebeest and many of the smaller species. Accommodation in the park is available in two camps. The Siphiso camp site, suitable for tents and caravans, is situated on the Siphiso Stream. The Mbuluzi site has a fully equipped tented camp, with three tents accommodating two persons each. The Mlawula Nature Reserve is a bird watchers paradise with over 300 different species. There are a number of self guided trails as well as guided trails and land rover tours for the visitor to Swaziland to choose from.
The visitor to Swaziland who is looking for fishing or boating venues could try the Sand River Dam. This dam supplies water to the Tshaneni Sugar Estate. The dam is ideal for bream fishing and of course barbel are also caught. One would need permission from the Sand River Yacht Club to fish on the dam.