Explore Eswatini on Horseback

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary’s Chubeka Trails have launched a new and exciting way of exploring the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)

With the diversity of terrain, experience, adventure and accommodation, the Swazi Culture & Scenery Trail is a real African trail unlike anything else currently available. The 10-day itinerary includes a 6-day horse trails with 3 days of safari, visiting all three of Eswatini’s Big Game Parks.

No two days are alike on this trail, with constantly changing habitats. From game-studded plains to mountains, commercial forests, rural communities, and spectacular highlands. Complete your trail by heading south to the bushveld for the vehicle-based safaris.

The first day of riding is spent at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary to enjoy the wildlife at close proximity and to help confirm the horse-rider partnerships. The following day will see riders head for the hills on the start of a 5-day circular trail for a true trailing experience.

Highlights include the infamous Nyonyane Mountain, exciting river crossings, trailing through one of the world’s largest commercial forests, traversing through rural Swazi Nation Land and their friendly communities, and climbing into the uninhabited mountains of Mlilwane North with never-ending views across South Africa, Eswatini and Mozambique. Riders will then begin their return home to Mlilwane’s Rest Camp along the Usushwana River on Day 6.

The accommodation aligns closely with the Big Game Parks diversity theme. Beehive huts on Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary; Forester’s Arms Country Hotel; rondavels on Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve’s unique Stone Camp, with three nights fully supported camping, making for fun nights in Eswatini! Camping includes bell-tents, stretchers, campfire catering, pit latrines and bucket showers. Singles are limited and available at a premium.

Moving between the Big Game Parks reserves and taking in the scenic areas and local communities in between gives a wonderful overview of what the Kingdom offers, providing a holistic holiday and ensuring riders visit an entire country rather than a single destination. Few horse trails in Africa can offer such variety and the opportunity to experience authentic African wildlife, scenery and culture all in one trip. Click here for more information