Royal Opening of New Tourism Complex in Swaziland’s Mlawula Reserve

His Majesty King Mswati III and Her Majesty Indlovukazi provided their Royal approval for the opening of the Magadzavane Tourism Complex in Mlawula yesterday along with members of the Swaziland National Trust Commission board.

Newly-appointed Tourism Minister Mduduzi 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, the lodge is also an ideal stop-over point for visitors travelling to and from Mozambique. Activities within Mlawula Nature Reserve can be enjoyed by visitors staying at the lodge, which include game viewing, 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 two biogeographic regions, the dry thorn savannas of the west, and the moister 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).