You may not be surprised if a dragon appeared from beyond the mountains, or if an epic battle between armoured horsemen played out before you. The scenery is much like you would find in a fairytale or a blockbuster movie. It is not every day you wake to find a friendly warthog on your doorstep or see the dazzle of zebra grazing on the Savannah.
Swaziland encapsulates the best of Southern Africa in a nutshell. It is safe, friendly and once you have travelled the five hours (from Johannesburg Airport) to get there, the daily driving distances are minimal; a real bonus for an African destination.
Swaziland is the oldest mountain kingdom in Southern Africa and ruled by King Mswati III accompanied by his 15 wives! Small, but with vast rugged mountains, volcanic hills, waterfalls, and wild gorges, the country rewards us with the most breathtaking panoramic views. Wildlife is also a big feature and we’re likely to come close to zebra, rhinos, kudu, impala and warthog.
We continue into South Africa and travel westwards to Hazyview for six nights at the Hippo Hollow Country Estate, located between the lowveld to the east and the Drakensberg to the west. Here we walk amongst open grassland, steep cliffs and river gorges. Being so close the Kruger National Park, we take this opportunity for a walking safari. Although we are not able to seek out the ‘Big Five’ animals on foot we’ll see lots of other interesting wildlife along the way. Take the opportunity to spot the ‘Big Five’ on an optional Game Drive on your free day.