If you’re heading off to the small but perfectly formed Swaziland anytime soon, you may want to test-drive the country’s latest tourist offering which comes in the shape of Magadzavane Tourism Complex.
His Majesty King Mswati III and Her Majesty Indlovukazi provided their Royal approval for the opening of the Magadzavane Tourism Complex in Mlawula this week along with members of the Swaziland National Trust Commission board.
Newly-appointed Tourism Minister Mduduzi ‘Small Joe’ Dlamini helped the King to present a gift to Taiwanese Ambassador, Peter Tsai. Representatives of the different companies which were involved in the construction of the complex also got an opportunity to pose with Their Majesties.
Nestled within Mlawula Nature Reserve, Magadzavane is situated 16km from Siteki, near the Goba/Mhlumeni border, offering spectacular views and tranquil, relaxing environment and an ideal stop-over point for visitors travelling to and from Mozambique.
The resort comprises forty en-suite units, restaurant, bar, conference centre and swimming pool with a breathtaking views over the Lubombo mountains.
Activities within Mlawula Nature Reserve can be enjoyed by visitors staying at the lodge, which include game viewing including sightings of elephants, buffalo, hippo and cheetah as well as more elusive leopard, pangolin and honey badgers.
Guests can also enjoy hiking trails, picnics, mountain biking, bird watching and fishing, there is also a spacious main camp for tents and caravans.
The reserve lies within the transitional zone between Swaziland’s two bio geographic regions, the dry thorn savannas of the west, and the lush coastal thickets of the east. The reserve consists of three distinct ecological zones, the Ndzindza plateau, the Siphiso Valley and the rhyolite ridges of the western boundary.
Although small, the reserve is contiguous with other protected areas (Mbuluzi and Simunye Nature Reserves, Hlane Wildlife Sanctuary), and other areas of natural vegetation (north bank of the Mbuluzi River, Mhlumeni area, adjacent area in Mozambique).