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Cultural Village Visit

We started the day early as we wanted to squeeze in a visit to a Swazi village before leaving Swaziland. I was really looking forward to learning about the Swazi culture. I was surprised to find that before getting on the bus, all of the girls had to put on a long colored skirt over […]

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Swazi Dancing at Hlane

Everyone was eager for the evening with the Swazi dancers and the wait was worth it. It was awesome to see the Swazi people performing their own cultural dances and boy did they love their high kicks!! And A nice spray of sand in the face from the enthusiasm of the kicks! The costumes were […]

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Bike Ride in Hlane Game Reserve

For me, mountain biking through Hlane from camp to a watering hole 17km was the best way to get a taste of the wildlife we’d see on the game drives and hikes to come. I was in the second group to go, 8 of us and a guide, during our second day in Swaziland. We […]

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Wilderness Trail on Horseback

Day 1 – Horse Riding On arrival at Mlilwane game reserve we were greeted by dozens of zebra and impala on the short drive to the reception. We discovered that our lunch was a wonderful selection of toasties with chips from the restaurant At 1pm we were greeted by our guide and taken to the […]

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Wilderness Trail on Foot (unfinished)

Sleeping under the stars is incredible. Today we went on an overnight trail where we camped under the stars at Sundwini, which is a rustic campsite about 12km from Hlane. We were supposed to be sleeping in what I can only describe as a portable bed, with pillow, mattress and a thick duvet. After the […]

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Elephants at the Waterhole

Just a quick note because everyone was very excited to see the elephants appear from nowhere at the waterhole at Hlane Royal Game Reserve. Sitting by the waterhole watching the amazing elephants drinking and playing in the water, next to some rhinos. How wonderful, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere better than this right now From […]

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Elephant Interaction

I never realised how amazing elephants are until today when we had the privilege of meeting Rambo, Rachel and Jabulani. The guide told us about the three of them and their lives and then allowed us to touch and feed them as well as allowing us to take lots of pictures. It was a great […]

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Bella the Impala

Here at Umkhumbi Lodge you are likely to see Bella wandering around the rooms munching away at the grass. Bella is our hand-reared Impala. Bella cannot have been more than a couple of weeks old when she was brought to us. Unfortunately Bella’s mother was attacked by a predator and young Bella was found nearby […]

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Just add water!

After weeks of waiting and digging the hole… …and waiting for the pool to arrive. It came and a week later the pool man came and we were all taunted by the invitingly blue water glinting in the sunshine. But why wait till summer?!

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