Malolotja Nature Reserve
Close to the ground.

GPS: S 25 05.366 E 030 27.228 | pop. 20,000 | elevation 1,403 m/4,603 ft

The Malolotja Nature Reserve (main gate S 26 08.823 E 031 08.301, 442-4241, www.sntc.org.sz, malolotjares@sntc.org.sz, 6am-6pm, E28) offers the unique opportunity to spot a number of endangered species including the Blue Swallow, Bald Ibis, Black Eagle and nocturnal Aardwolf. The nature reserve also has one of the world’s oldest mines and Swaziland’s highest waterfalls, the Malolotja Falls.

Sights & Activities

Hiking is the main activity in Malolotja, which has a network of over 200 km of trails throughout the park, ranging from half-day to seven-day hikes.

Bird Watching within the park also attracts a number of visitors and a list of bird species in the park is available at the main gate. Some of the more popular birds in the park include the Blue Swallow, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Striped Flufftail, Guerney's Sugarbird and the Balk Ibis.

The Malolotja Falls are the highest in Swaziland and the Malolotja River also has some beautiful pools and places to swim under waterfalls.

Fly Fishing is available at the small trout dam in the park.

Ngwenya Mine and Lion Cavern can be accessed from the south side of the park at the Ngwenya Mine entrance.


Main Campsite

Main Campsite is a few hundred meters from the main gate and has large enclosed braai pits, tables, water taps and a central house with bathrooms and wood fire heated showers.

Camping is also permitted throughout the nature reserve (E50/person) at clearings on the side of hiking trails, but there are no facilities and no fires are allowed.


Log Cabin Site

Log Cabin Site is located about 1 km from the main gate and a couple hundred meters from the Main Campsite. There is a cluster of five log cabins and eight newer brick chalets. All of the chalets have two bedrooms, five beds, an indoor fireplace, a full kitchen and outdoor braai pit. There is a large central building that was previously a restaurant but now serves as a picnic area with braai pits, picnic tables and bathrooms.


Eating

There is a mini store at the main entrance that is open from 8am-4pm and sells snacks and accessories. The restaurant near the main campsite is no longer operating and all of the accommodation in the park is self-catering.