Mkhaya Private Game Reserve

Mkhaya Private Game Reserve is a model of sustainable land use with a unique conservation model. It is eSwatin's refuge for endangered species which includes pure bred indigenous Nguni cattle - which were close to extinction. The successful breeding of this rare bovine is mirrored in the other endangered species here including black and white rhino.

Mkhaya’s terrain comprises of broadleaf sandveld and mixed acacia woodland with sections of pristine riverine vegetation along the shallow drainage lines.

Mkhaya lacks the commercialization of some other game reserves and is the more sophisticated of the Kingdom’s safari destinations.

All game activities are guided and include drives in open land rovers and game walks with rangers. There is a special day tour for local residents and day visitors.

ANIMALS & BIRDS
Black and white rhino survive here and the park also has success with its elephants, buffalo, roan, sable, eland and tsessebe antelopes.

Some birds of note are Narina Trogan (which are rarely seen elsewhere but quite common here), as well as Purplecrested Lourie, Greyheaded and Gorgeous Bush Shrike and Pygmy Kingfisher.

SEASONS
The climate in eSwatini is moderate, ranging from subtropical to temperate depending on the altitude, but sweaters are needed for the cool evenings year round.
Rainy Season: October–May is warm and wet with high temperatures from December to February.
Dry Season: June–September is cool and dry.

MKHAYA SPECIALITIES

· Pure bred Nguni cattle
· Black and White rhino
· eSwatin’s more sophisticated safari
· Four of the ‘Big Five’

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Safari Seasons

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Private Safari Concessions

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Traversing and your Safari Experience

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Safari Activities

Game Drives All game drives are undertaken in an open sided 4×4 drive vehicle with a driver / naturalist who has experience and knowledge of the area, and is thus an expert on game movement and other ecological aspects of the region. Drives usually depart in the early morning and late afternoon when it is cooler and there is a …

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