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Enquires: 035 907 5018 / 907 5630 | Email : Tourism@umhlathuze.gov.za

Summer all year round | Fantastic scenery Birding paradise with some 300 species to be seen Zulu cultural experience and outings to traditional villages Variety of basic and luxury accommodation Endless opportunities for fishing and water sports Charters and cruises | Hiking trails | Arts and crafts Ample restaurants, shops, golf courses and sporting facilities | Game reserves / Conservation

The east3ROUTE (e3R) offers alliance countries a joint and targeted approach to economic and tourism development projects, while at the same time opening up a wealth of possibilities in cross border collaboration. The e3R aims to increase the number of local and foreign visitors and investors to each of these countries, thereby ensuring increased job creation and growth for all members. The e3R abounds with a number of trans-frontier conservation areas, famous game reserves, World Heritage Sites, renowned marine diving sites and so much more… SOUTH AFRICA • KWAZULU-NATAL: DURBAN, ZULULAND & ELEPHANT COAST KwaZulu-Natal is a spectacular multi-cultural destination, flanked by the warm Indian Ocean and the soaring peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains. Tourists flock here to enjoy a unique blend of sophistication, cultural diversity and excitement – in a vibrant setting. Visit the gateway city of DURBAN which overlooks Africa’s busiest seaport and experience its pulsating and inviting fusion of East, West and Zulu influences. In ZULULAND and the ELEPHANT COAST you will discover amazing marine life as you snorkel or dive and sail or surf in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Explore the Big 5 game and nature reserves of international repute and the haunting ‘Valley of the eMakhosini’ near Ulundi, the realm of the legendary Zulu kings, and an area steeped in living Zulu tradition. Visit battle sites, forts and museums as you follow footprints commemorating historical events that shaped our region in days gone by. • MPUMALANGA Mpumalanga lies in the east of South Africa, north of KwaZulu-Natal and bordering Swaziland and Mozambique. ‘THE PLACE WHERE THE SUN RISES!’ is considered one of the most geographically diverse and scenically beautiful places in South Africa.

People are drawn to Mpumalanga by the magnificent scenery, the fauna and flora and by the saga of the 1870s gold rush era and a wealth of fascinating tribal legends. This is also Big Game Country, the setting for dozens of sanctuaries teeming with wildlife and birds. Visit the world’s most famous game reserve, Kruger National Park, climb the world’s thirdhighest canyon, explore the world’s oldest cave and spend the night in the world’s best private game lodges. Other attractions include artists routes, township tours, labyrinths, shopping centres, casinos and the provinces rich and thriving culture. SWAZILAND The Kingdom of Swaziland, nestled amongst mountainous grandeur, lush forests and fertile valleys, offers visitors a ‘royal experience’ and all that is best about Africa. This small country with its big heart and warm, friendly people, embraces and upholds its own unique and ancient traditions. The famous Umhlanga (Reed Dance) and Incwala are just some of the annual traditional ceremonies that attract visitors from all over the world. Swaziland is home to the ‘Big 5’ and is one of the best places on the continent for rhino safaris, either on foot or by 4x4. A variety of attractions, beautiful landscapes, fascinating wildlife and rich culture all combine in a small geographical area, making Swaziland a wonderful place to visit.


KWAZULU-NATAL.....03 SWAZILAND............... 21 MOZAMBIQUE...........39 SEYCHELLES.............. 44 MPUMALANGA.............19 Online version available on: www.azalea.co.za; www.east3route.co.za; www.zulu.org.za

MOZAMBIQUE Mozambique is a magical destination. Discover an endless coastline that stretches for over 2 000 kms with pristine beaches, unspoilt islands and amazing dive sites, making this exotic country an ideal holiday destination. Mozambique is famous for its cuisine of fresh seafood and delicious prawns. Popular activities include snorkelling, sunset cruises, horse-riding, dolphin tours and scuba diving. National parks and reserves are being restocked and restored and a visit to Park de Gorongoza is a must see destination. The capital Maputo, formerly known as Lourenço Marques, is a vibrant city where the fun never stops. SEYCHELLES This archipelago of sparkling islands with its harmonious environment, world-class beaches, framed by some of the oldest granite boulders on earth, clear azure waters and an amazing ecology, ensures a new experience around every corner. Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found in Seychelles, the famous Vallee de Mai, where the mysterious Coco-de-mer is found, and Aldebra the world’s largest raised coral atoll. Experience world class diving in waters teeming with marine life and spectacular underwater landscapes or sail the exotic islands, exploring an endless number of hidden coves, pristine beaches and azure bays. Wherever you travel in Seychelles, you will be met with courteous service and the friendly smile of the Seychellois people and their timeless island ways. For those wanting to relax and enjoy downtime, the sanctuary that is Seychelles, is all you could ever ask for…

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Visitors are welcomed into the heart of Zulu villages to experience the culture, consult with a sangoma or watch a rural wedding ceremony and experience Zulu hospitality. African art and crafts, ranging from basket weaving and beadwork to pottery, can be viewed at either dedicated craft centres or at roadside markets. Places of cultural interest to visit include the ZULULAND BATTLEFIELD SITES, FORT NONGQAYI, KING CETSHWAYO’S MEMORIAL and the EMAKHOSINI CULURAL HERITAGE PARK where the legendary ‘Valley of the Kings’ is located. Zululand is also known as the birthplace of African game conservation and led the way in the fight to preserve our wildlife heritage, a fight that continues today with the danger posed to our Rhino population by poachers. THE LANGUAGE OF THE BEADS The earliest Zulu beads were made of organic materials such as seeds and seashells or ivory. They were coloured with dyes made from fruit, roots or mud.

THULA THULA ELEPHANT EXPANSION PROJECT: A community project for the necessary extension of habitat for our elephants. Our original herd of 7 elephants has now increased to the maximum sustainable capacity. Thula Thula has now the opportunity to add a further 3500 ha of land to increase their habitat. These community projects not only support our wildlife, but also improve employment and education in the local communities. THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONSERVATION FUND was created to raise funds for this expansion with the need of 35km of electric fencing, land management and conservation, increased security and the list goes on, to keep our wildlife growing safely.

Through the ages, in addition to being objects of adornment, the most important aspect of Zulu beadwork was the message carried by these works of art. The colours all have different meanings. White is associated with purity, pink with poverty, blue with loneliness and green with pining. Zulu maidens would send long involved messages to their loved ones, weaving thoughts of love, grief or jealousy, poverty or uncertainty into their intricately patterned creations.

campsites as well as game-watching facilities and hiking and nature trails. If however you are looking for a ‘different experience’ there is accommodation available in rugged rock chalets or traditional Zulu huts. For more info contact: Zululand Tourism Tel: 035 870 0165

Zululand has much to offer the visitor, from comfortable accommodation in major towns to numerous Big Five game reserves that offer luxury lodges, bush camps or tented

RHINO ORPHANAGE AND RHINO PROTECTION: The Fundimvelo Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage is a refuge where wounded and orphan rhinos, as a result of poaching, are welcomed and cared for by a dedicated team with the purpose of rehabilitating the orphans into the wild. Security has become a major issue as the poaching of rhinos is rising at an alarming rate. The THULA THULA RHINO FUND was created to raise funds to increase the safekeeping of our rhinos, antipoaching training for our guards and specialized equipment which will allow us to improve the much needed protection of our rhinos.

Should you wish to support our conservation actions and projects : Contact Francoise Malby Anthony: francoise@thulathula.com www.thulathula.com. Thank you for caring and helping to make a difference. Explore e3R | 03

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MTUNZINI Mtunzini’s name is derived from the Zulu word emthunzini, which means ‘a place in the shade’. It is ideally located near a natural tidal lagoon with sun drenched beaches fringed by tranquil dune forests. The village was declared a Conservancy in 1995. The 1000 hectare Umlalazi Nature Reserve makes this area a veritable haven for those wishing to ‘get away’ from the hustle and bustle of city life and a range of accommodation establishments and restaurants are available. There are more than 300 recorded species of bird in the area, amongst which is the rare Palmnut Vulture. The annual migration of butterflies brings the surrounding bush to spectacular life. Mtunzini is a fisherman’s paradise but other leisure activities also include a challenging round on the 18-hole golf course, fishing, waterskiing, tennis, bowls and horse riding.

THE CITY OF UMHLATHUZE incorporates the towns of Richards Bay, Empangeni, Ezikhaweni, Ngwelizane, Vulindlela and Nseleni. For more information contact UMHLATHUZE TOURISM on 035 907 5018, Fax: 035-907 5444 Email: sipho.mchunu@umhlathuze.gov.za

EMPANGENI Situated in the heart of sugar cane country, Empangeni is the centre of agriculture and commerce. A visit to the local museum offers an insight into the fascinating history of early sugar pioneers, who opened the first mill in 1911. The ENSELENI NATURE RESERVE, home to a variety of small mammals and birdlife, offers self-guided nature walks. Every modern convenience is found here, including shopping centres, a casino, various restaurants and excellent accommodation facilities. KWABULAWAYO – King’s Shaka’s homestead, is just 20 minute drive from Empangeni and is of prime importance in Zulu culture and history. A visit to THULA THULA EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE offers visitors an exceptional game viewing experience of elephants, leopard, rhino and buck. The 4500 ha private game reserve, situated only 45 minutes from Richards Bay and less than a 2 hour drive from Durban, is the oldest private game reserve in Kwazulu Natal. The late Lawrence Anthony, well known author of the ‘Elephant Whisperer’, and his wife Françoise Malby-Anthony established the reserve as a unique eco-safari destination and wildlife sanctuary. If you are looking for accommodation in then RAPTORS REST and YELLOWWOODS BED & BREAKFAST offer luxury en suite rooms, and can be recommended.

RICHARDS BAY This thriving business centre and bustling port is a coastal paradise, surrounded by

wetlands and freshwater lakes. Richards Bay has a number of attractions including the picturesque TUZI GAZI WATERFRONT - with its small craft marina, restaurants and shops – is a popular playground for water sport enthusiasts. Modern shopping facilities, excellent hotels, safe swimming beaches and added attractions such as an abundance of wildlife, whale watching, excellent golf courses and over 300 species of birds, make for a vibrant tourist destination. Stay at UMHAMBI LODGE in their ethnic African style guesthouse with handmade furniture. A township tour offers visitors a unique cultural experience where you can discover how the old and new Africa have combined. Under the personal supervision of an accredited guides - visit NSELENI, EZIKHAWENI and VULINDLELA and experience the vibe of the African township life, where locals gather to exchange news and views and storytellers recall past events in history over a traditional shisinyama or meat braai at a local tavern. Visit the traditional court, presided over by the Inkosi (traditional leader) of the tribal authority or consult with the Inyanga (traditional healer).

ESHOWE The charming town of Eshowe is a treasure trove of history, culture and natural beauty set amongst undulating hills in the heart of the Zululand Birding Route. The town also has a long association with the Zulu kings of the past. King Cetshwayo was born here and the kwaBulawayo homestead of the legendary King Shaka is located nearby. The DLINZA FOREST AERIAL BOARDWALK is the first of its kind in South Africa and visitors literally ‘walk through the tree tops’, for 127m along a secure elevated walkway through the indigenous tree canopy. Birdwatchers can spot more than 65 species such as the rare Spotted Thrush, Delegorgue’s Pigeon, Narina Trogon and many more. While in the area visit NGOYE FOREST with its large array of rare trees and one of only two places in Africa where you can spot both the Green and Woodwards Barbet. A popular watering hole at the GEORGE HOTEL is part of the Zululand Brew Route. SHAKALAND is an exceptional cultural village located near Eshowe. The VUKANI ZULU CULTURAL MUSEUM houses a collection of art, based on traditional Zulu culture and handcrafts. FORT NONGQAYI, built in 1883, the Zululand Historical Museum provide exhibits reflecting the cross-cultural history of Zululand. For more info about Eshowe and Mtunzini contact: Umlalazi Tourism on 035 473 3474 / Fax: 035 474 4733. E-mail: ronel@umlalazi.org.za.

MELMOTH was established by the British in 1887 and named after Sir Melmoth Osborn, the resident commissioner. Located in the heart of the Zululand Battlefield route it is ideal as a base for travellers visiting historic battle sites and those of the royal homesteads at eMakhosini Valley - the sacred burial ground of Zulu kings, and the Birding Route. Visit the Mtonjaneni Zulu Historical Museum which houses the largest collection of Ango-Zulu war artifacts. See pg 6 for accommodation establishments.

ULUNDI A visit to Ulundi enables one to experience first-hand the customs, culture and traditions of the Zulu nation. Attractions include: the site of King Cetshwayo’s capital in the ONDINI HISTORICAL RESERVE with the KwaZulu Cultural Museum, Mgungundlovu (capital of King Dingane), KWA GQOKLI HILL (a victory site of the warrior King Shaka), Ulundi Battlefields and Kwa Nodwengu (museum at King Mpande’s former royal residence). Trained guides are available to ensure an informative experience. EMAKHOSINI - VALLEY OF THE KINGS. Many royal Zulu ancestors including King Shaka lived, and were buried here, and the reconstruction of this area gives us a rare glimpse into the historic past of the Zulu dynasty. Shaka’s successor and half-brother, Dingane, established his Royal Residence in the eMakhosini and it was here where he clashed with the Voortrekkers who sought new lands in the Zulu Kingdom. The valley also contains the Hill of Execution, kwaMatiwane, where Dingane’s men put Voortrekker leader Piet Retief and his followers to death. There are several other sacred, ancient places in the valley such as Nobamba, the homestead of Shaka’s grandfather Jama, which is also referred to as “the most sacred site” and “the place of unity and strength”. Also situated nearby is Makheni, a hallowed spot where men are not permitted to strike or even touch the ground with their sticks, lest they disturb the spirits of their ancestors. THE SPIRIT OF THE EMAKHOSINI MEMORIAL is surrounded by seven animal horns, representing the graves of the seven Zulu kings who lie buried here namely Unkosinkulu, Zulu, Phunga, Mageba, Ndaba, Jama and Senzangakhona. OPHATHE GAME RESERVE, established in 1991 and located on the southern banks of the White Mfolozi River, was proclaimed as a sanctuary for the Black Rhino and other endangered species. The development of both the eMakhosini Valley and Ophathe Game Reserve led to what is known as the eMakhosini Ophathe Heritage Park. For more info contact: Zululand Tourism Tel: 035 870 0165 EMail: ztourism@zululand.org.za Website: zululandtourism.org.za Explore e3R | 05


MTHONJANENI TOURISM ASSOCIATION ACCOMMODATION Emakhosini Hideaway Bush Cottage S/C Email: LMARITZ@MWEB.CO.ZA Web: www.wheretostay/emakhosini Cell: 082 651 2837 Fax: 086 670 6788

Fairview Lodge DB&B and S/C Email: office@mariscottage.co.za Web: www.mariscottage.co.za Cell: 082 501 1400 Fax: 086 515 7044

Golf View Lodge Melmoth, known as the gateway to the Zulu Kingdom, is a picturesque, little town just 200 km north east of Durban, 73Km from Empangeni, 52Km from Eshowe, and 53Km from Ulundi in the interior of northern KwaZuluNatal. It lies at an elevation of 800m. Melmoth is a trading and agricultural centre, mainly timber and sugarcane. It has been referred to as having the cleanest air in the country. The sweep of large sugarcane and timber plantations make way for rolling hills and green fields of grassland that is so typical of the Zululand landscape. Commercial agriculture and the timeless tableau of farmsteads and traditional thatched homesteads with small patches of crops and grazing cattle converge to create a place of unspoilt beauty with a rich natural and social diversity where new lifestyles thrive next to a culture steeped in tradition.

Conference, Coffee Shop, DB&B Email: admin@golfviewlodge.co.za Web: www.golfviewlodge.co.za Cell: 082 870 0961 Fax: 086 591 8502

Golden Rewards Lodge B&B Email: goldenrewardslodge@telkomsa.net Tel: 035 450 2588 Cell: 082 967 0718 Fax: 035 450 2588

Imfulazana Caravan Park Email: leonbeukes@lantic.net Cell: 082 496 6780/1 Fax: 035 450 2576

Intibane Lodge WHAT TO DO AND SEE AROUND MELMOTH The Mtonjaneni Zulu Historical Museum is situated at Mtonjaneni Lodge and within easy access from the R34. The museum hosts a comprehensive collection of momentoes and artifacts from the Anglo Zulu War dated from before 1890 as well as items from Zulu Culture and Africana. The Ondini museum (Ulundi) gives visitors an insight into the life and times of the Zulu nation as it covers different aspects of Zulu culture and history. It traces the arrival of the Nguni people to the area, the lineage of the Zulu kings as well as traditional crafts and music. The museum is on the P700 towards the Cengeni gate. Nkandla Forest is about 68 km from Melmoth and is the largest remaining indigenous forest remaining in Zululand. Throughout Zulu history it has been regarded as a place of mystery and the supernatural and the Chube, ironworkers associated with the Nkandla area, were never conquered by Shaka. The Ntingwe Tea Plantations produce some of South Africa’s finest teas, solely for export. S/C cottage available. Please Check availability. uMgungundlovu/Multi-Media Centre/Spirit of eMakhosini/Sacred Burial Sites of Zulu Kings: Dinizulu, Ndaba, Mageba, Jama, Phunga and Senzangakhona./ Grave of Piet Retief and followers. eMthonjaneni - visit the perennial spring of King Dingaan, Fort Victoria, Fort Mthonjaneni and the Zulu Historical Museum. Ulundi - the capital of Zululand and king Cetshwayo’s home. Cengeni gate - entrance to the renowned iMfolozi/Hluhluwe game reserve. The Zululand Birding Route - encompasses a large area which keen bird watchers can observe in excess of 450 species. Home of endangered Southern Ground Hornbill.

Bush Lodge, DB&B, S/C Email: opsulundi@vodamail.co.za Web: www.intibane-lodge.co.za Cell: 082 920 7996 or 082 462 8036

Jenny’s B&B B&B Email: jennybb@mweb.co.za Web: www.jennybedandbreakfast.co.za Cell: 082 485 6555 Fax: 086 672 6878

Kwanzimela Conference Accommodation Email: kwanzimela@telkomsa.net Tel: 035 450 2590 Cell: 082 739 0984 Fax: 035 450 7181

Mari’s Cottage Conference, DB&B, S/C, Weddings Email: office@mariscottage.co.za Web: www.mariscottage.co.za Cell: 082 656 6123 Fax: 086 515 7044

Mtonjaneni & Woodford Lodge DB&B, Weddings, Conferences, Functions Email: info@mtonjanenilodge.co.za Web: www.mtonjanenilodge.co.za Tel: 035 450 0904/5 Cell: 082 893 2256

Oom Wessel Guesthouse

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Functions, DB&B, S/C, Weddings Email: oomwessel@absamail.co.za Web: www.oomwessel.co.za Cell: 083 382 1238 Fax: 086 617 8181

RAPTOR’S REST Bed & Breakfast

Your hosts, John and Edward, invite you to share their hospitality

This is a true Bed & Breakfast. i.e. We have you stay in our home. It is not an inn or a lodge but a home where you will always be able to relax and where your privacy, safety and well being will be our goal. We invite you to make our lives more interesting and yours that little more laid back listening to the many birds that frequent our lush sub tropical garden and the sound of running water in our water features. 22 Weightman Avenue, Empangeni, 3880 | Tel: +27 (0)35 772 6181 Cell: +27 (0)82 955 5077 | Email: info@raptorsrest.co.za

NONGOMA Derived from the Zulu word, ‘ngome’ meaning the ‘mother of songs’, Nongoma was originally established in 1888 as a buffer between two warring Zulu factions to try to establish peace in the area. Known as the ‘royal city’ of Zululand, Nongoma is the home of King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu, the hereditary leader of the Zulu nation. His royal palaces are among the main tourist attractions in the area. Once a year, usually in early September, thousands of people make the long journey to KwaNyokeni Palace where young Zulu maidens take part in a colourful cultural festival, THE

ROYAL REED DANCE – or Umkhosi woMhlanga in the Zulu language. The MONA MARKET and FIRST FRUIT CEREMONY, are also traditional events that can be attended by the public. For more info contact: Tel: 035 831 7517 / Fax: 035 831 3152 E-mail: tourism@nongoma.org.za

VRYHEID Vryheid was founded in 1884 and has many natural attractions including forests, wetlands, grasslands and mountains. It’s distinct history is depicted in museums, various battlefields and monuments. Visit the Lucas Meijer Huis, a former residence of past presidents and

Lancaster Hill, a fortress from a bygone battle as you start along the Battlefields Route in Zululand. The indigenous forest at NGOME FOREST and ITHALA GAME RESERVE, a game and bird viewing paradise, are must see attractions. Three dams in the region offer a wide variety of watersports including canoeing, boating and fishing. ITHALA GAME RESERVE, north of Vryheid, is a game-viewer’s paradise and is home to a spectacular array of wildlife. For more info contact: Vryheid Tourism: Abaqulusi Local Council Tel: 034 982 2133 Ext 2229 / Fax: 034 982 3497 Email: information@abaqulusi.gov.za Explore e3R | 07

KZN BATTLEFIELDS ROUTE THE TRANQUIL HILLS AND GRASSLANDS OF ZULULAND CARRY MANY A FAMOUS BATTLE SCAR. The canvasses of the 19th century are filled with one historical drama after another as three forces pitted their armies against each other - fighting for land and supremacy. Between 1836 and 1852, Zulu warriors clashed with Boer settlers. Some years later the might of the British military was hurled against the Zulu nation. During the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, and the independent Afrikaner movements twice took up arms against the British Empire first from 1880 to 1881 and then for three years

during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). The tranquil hills and grasslands of Zululand carry many a famous battle scar. The largest concentration of battle sites in South Africa are to be found in Inland KwaZulu-Natal. Visited by military history enthusiasts from around the world, the sites are visitor friendly and linked by the Battlefields Route. Several of the key towns on the Route are in Zululand, as are dozens of battlefields and fortifications, museums, war graves and memorials.

 The key towns on the Battlefields Route are Newcastle, Ladysmith, Dundee, Vryheid, Ulundi, Melmoth and Eshowe. Between them they

offer a fascinating array of military landmarks that capture the atmosphere of a turbulent past. The Route can be travelled as a self-drive adventure, and an excellent guide-map is available from all local tourist information offices. Alternately, join a tailor-made battlefield tour in the company of a specialist guide who will show you sites and recount tales of epic battles, bravery and betrayal. For more info: www.battlefieldsroute.co.za



Zululand’s Route 66 between Gingindlovu and uPhongolo follows one of the oldest trade routes through Zululand. Settlers resident in Port Natal in the early 19th Century would set off in oxwagons on well-worn tracks and cross into Zululand at a drift very close to the present N2 bridge over the Thukela River.

The route has a spectacular 605 bird species and is a treasure

The merchandise their wagons carried, as they forded the Thukela River into Zululand, included cotton and lambswool blankets, calico cloth, brass and copper wire, and coloured glass beads. Other commodities such as pick handles were not uncommon, and sometimes a gun or some gunpowder might be smuggled in to enhance profits. During their trips which would last up to three months, the traders hunted and bartered and on their return journey, if all went well, they would return to Port Natal with their wagons filled with ivory, buffalo and wildebeest skins, rhino horn, hippo teeth and hippo fat.

booking system - the Zululand Birding Route is a conservation

Following in these same paths soon after them, in ever increasing numbers, were the missionaries, transport riders, then soldiers, colonial administrators, police, settlers and farmers.

through training as birding guides. Individuals are selected

The wagon tracks have long since made way for a modern infrastructure but today’s visitors in their airconditioned SUV’s, navigated by GPS, can still get a sense of how things used to be on Route 66. Many of its valleys once teeming with wild game, have been divided up into fertile farms but Zululand remains a place deeply rooted in its ancient traditions.

to make a success of their careers. So why not try something

Visit the website at www.zululandroute66.co.za


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trove of specials such as Green Barbet, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Pink-Throated Twinspot, Neergard’s Sunbird and Palmnut Vulture. But this is just one part of a rich story. The Zululand Birding Route is much more than a convenient information and programme, proving that birding can generate income for local communities - in this way, birding tourism adds real value to wild birds and habitats in which they occur; it provides a tangible reason to conserve natural habitats and the birds that occur in them. The Birding Route is helping create a new career path for young South Africans from disadvantaged communities from communities neighboring the birding spots for training, and through ongoing follow up assistance and mentorship this sharpens and assesses their skills and empowers them totally different and take a day out birding. For more information on Birding in Zululand or to contact a Zululand Birding Route local bird guide, visit www. zululandbirdingroute.co.za or email

PAULPIETERSBURG A collection of very homely and spacious units. We have 8 units, each has its own entry and sleeps 4 people. Each unit offers 2 bedrooms, beautifully presented beds and airconditioners; clean and well aired open planned kitchen, lounge area including DStv.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a fridge, stove and a kettle. Linen and towels provided. Initial supply of tea, coffee and sugar supplied for your convenience on arrival.

18 Jan Mielie Street, Pongola, 3170 Cell: 082 322 5595, Email: pongolaselfcatering@gmail.com

Nestled between Piet Retief and Vryheid, this country town is recognised as a haven of history, health and homeliness. The visitor’s information centre is housed in the beautiful DROSTDY, along with a small museum and a wealth of crafts that are for sale. The town boasts a rich history resulting from its involvement in the Anglo-Zulu war (1879) and Anglo-Boer war (1899-1902), as well as the influence of early German missionaries and settlers.

The healthy environment of the area is reflected in the establishment of springwater bottling plants and the operation of a hot mineral spa. This is a popular venue for paragliding, while the town’s Craft Annual Exhibitions draw many participants and visitors. For more info contact: Paulpietersburg Tourism, eDumbe Local Council Tel: 034 995 1650 Ext 229 / Fax: 034 995 1192

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Pongola’s Casa Mia is a country farm house with thatched cottages and a 4 bedroom guesthouse, scattered throughout the 3 hectare sprawling tropical gardens. We also offer fully serviced self catering accommodation to contractors at contractors rates. Security guard at night. Enjoy a swim in the pool and wake up to the sound of birds in the morning. We serve cooked lunches, dinners and breakfasts for tour groups as well as for smaller groups by appointment. B&B or self-catering, 2-bedroomed chalets with en suite bathroom, lounge, kitchen and DSTV. GPS: S27.40806 E31.65931 Phone : +27 76 433 5362 | Email: casamia@lantic.net


Conveniently situated 600m from the N2 opposite the Golf Course. The elegantly furnished rooms, lounge area, spacious garden and secure parking are ideally suited for business executives and tourists seeking a safe and relaxing environment. That special touch and friendly staff will let you come again.

68 Hans Strydom, Pongola 083 608 7689 info@elegantlodgepongola.co.za www.elegantlodgepongola.co.za

PONGOLO (also known in Zulu as uPhongolo) is a small town situated in a very beautiful and fertile valley on the N2, near the Lubombo Mountains, in the valleys of Zululand, easily accessible to the Swaziland Border Posts, It is a unique and tranquil subtropical environment.. It has 50 km? of sugarcane and subtropical fruit plantations surrounding it. During the Depression years of the 1930s, drastic irrigation systems were started in Pongola. The town thrived as a result of the canal system and a sugar mill that was built. Today it is part of the uPhongolo Local Municipality. Pongolapoort Dam and Pongola Game Reserve is to the east. It is the only dam in South Africa where you can catch Tiger Fish.

We offer: 3 Luxury, 2 Executive Twin Bedrooms 4 Double Bedrooms 3 Standard Twin Bedrooms 3 Single Bedrooms, 1 Family Room En Suite Bathrooms, DSTV Secure Parking Wheelchair Accessible Swimming Pool, Braai Area

083 229 2991 201 Piet Retief Road, Pongola info@diveinnpongola.co.za, www.diveinnpongola.co.za

Experience the tradition and hospitality of the Zulu Kingdom with a visit to the Zulu Royal Palace, rural villages and townships. We have tiger fishing, hunting, game trails and safaris, art galleries in the bush, beautiful tropical gardens, game reserves with the big 5 and you can visit sugar cane, citrus and pecan nut farms in production. Pongola is surrounded by the most beautiful hunting lodges and several have even the big 5. Some farms specialize in biltong hunting and others concentrate on trophy hunting. Whatever your needs, you will be served by professional friendly service.

Rosegarden Guesthouse is a peaceful and intimate guesthouse with a “home away from home” atmosphere. Nestled in a tranquil, safe environment, this is an absolute must stay stop over.

Rose Garden Guest House

082 927 6429 | www.rosegarden.co.za e-mail: info@rosegarden.co.za

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For more info contact: Tel: 034 413 1223 / Fax: 034 413 1706

Situated in the north-eastern part of KwaZulu-Natal, this region is bordered in the north west by the Lubombo Mountains, in the east by the warm Indian Ocean and in the south by the mighty Umfolozi River.

The Elephant Coast, Home of the Big 7, is rated as one of South Africa’s most scenic and un-spoilt areas, with lush forests, ancient sand and coastal forests, mountainous sand dunes, brilliant coral reefs, rolling acacia bushveld and pristine beaches. It offers the best of both land and sea safari experiences with it’s world class conservation areas that include ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK, South Africa’s first World Heritage site, and Africa’s oldest game reserve the HLUHLUWE/IMFOLOZI PARK. There are a number of routes, each with their own unique experiences on offer. From being immersed in nature in the St Lucia area with its diversity of nature based activities, to the heart of the African Bush at HLUHLUWE/ IMFOLOZI PARK where you can see the Big 5. NDUMO RESERVE has the highest bird count in South Africa and forms part of the Mkuze to Ndumo route. The Sodwana to Kosi Bay

route includes world class diving and beautiful beaches The indigenous Zulu and Tonga communities provide an opportunity for interaction and an authentic cultural encounter that enables visitors to understand the socio-economic realities, challenges and current traditional practices. There are a number of historical Zulu burial and battle sites including the mysterious GHOST MOUNTAIN, KING DINGANE’S GRAVE and the BORDER CAVES. The Elephant Coast is the perfect destination offering a myriad of adventures. Scuba diving, snorkeling, angling, whale and Leather back turtle tours, deep sea and off-shore fishing, while inland the finest game reserves where the Big Five may be viewed. Accommodation options range from luxury game lodges to hotels, guest farms, B&Bs,

Zulu homestays, selfcatering units and camping. Choose any one of these as an ideal base from which to explore the many corners of our diverse landscape.

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Tel: 035 562 0353 or 082 881 0146 Email: waldo@awf.co.za Website: www.visitelephantcoast.co.za


At the foot of the majestic Lebombo Mountains and the shimmering waters of Lake Jozini, you will find a special destination called White Elephant. Eight luxurious safari tents, each with romantic ball and claw bath, outdoor canvas shower and private verandah provide an evocative safari in the Pongola Game Reserve Wilderness. White Elephant is the only lodge in South Africa to offer Kariba-like, water based safari activities as well as the traditional land based activities. We are passionate about conservation and offer a superb Black Rhino tracking experience, as well as fascinating Elephant research activities. Tel: +27 (0) 34 4132489 info@whiteelephant.co.za www.whiteelephant.co.za Farm Leeuwspoor, Pongola Game Reserve South

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Route 22 cuts across the whole district, while using R22 as the main link. It stretches from north of Imfolozi River to Mozambique border, Farazela. The district’s main draw cards along the Route are South Africa’s First world heritage siteiSimangaliso Wetland Park; Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Park; The presence and abundance of water adventure activities (snorkelling, diving, canoeing, boating); specialised Big Five game reserves; one of South Africa’s Tiger fishing hotspot; the area with South Africa’s highest bird count; and the area’s ‘untouched’ beaches. The route will see the opening up of two thirds of the District to the foreign visitor and will enhance the local tourist experience while creating an opportunity for innovative transformation of the tourism industry. Route 22 and has sub-routes that are clustered according to the district’s main tourism attractions/ experience which are bush/wildlife, beach, adventure and culture/ heritage. ROUTE 22 SUB ROUTES ACTIVITIES ON THE ROUTE: TOURIST ROUTE 1 (Mtubatuba to St Lucia) • Wildlife Safaris • Close Encounters • Birding Safaris • Cultural Safaris • Wellness Safaris • Cultural Villages • Walking Safaris TOURIST ROUTE 2 (R618 from Mtubatuba to Hlabisa to Hluhluwe) • Boat Tours • Turtle Tours • Whale Watching • Fishing Safaris • Canoeing Safaris • Birding Safaris TOURIST ROUTE 3 (N2 from Mtubatuba to Jozini (Nkonkoni) Turn-Off) • Wildlife Safaris • Birding Safaris • Cultural Safaris • Cultural Villages • Walking Safaris TOURIST ROUTE 4 (R22 from Hluhluwe to Kosi Bay) • Wildlife Safaris • Wildlife Centres • Mountain Biking • 4x4 Trails • Ocean Safaris • Diving Tours • Turtle Tours * Whale Watching * Fishing Safaris • Canoeing Safaris • Birding Safaris • Walks & Trails TOURIST ROUTE 5 (N2 from Jozini/ Nkonkoni turn-off to Phelandaba) • Wildlife Safaris • 4x4 Trails • Birding Safaris • Walks & Trails • Cultural Villages • Caves 12 | Explore e3R

Fascinating marine and coral fossils are all that remain of an ancient coastline and can still be found scattered along the western shores of the lake.

MTUBATUBA Mtubatuba, located about 200 km north of Durban, began as a railway siding in 1903 and was named after the local Zulu chief. The town was established in 1916 with the building of the first sugar mill, a shop, bank and hotel. Today Mtubatuba has developed from a humble railway siding into a strong sub-regional commercial, service, transport and administrative centre for the entire North Eastern Zululand region. Recent commercial growth has seen the establishment of a number of retail and wholesale outlets with the Umfolozi Sugar Mill, part of Illovo Sugar group, remaining the industrial flagship of Mtubatuba. Mtubatuba and surrounds offer a great opportunity to explore the rich culture of the Zulu Nation, world renowned game reserves and the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, all located in close proximity to the town. Various accommodation establishments are available in the area along with restaurants and sporting facilities. LED & Tourism Officer: Smangenle Zondi 035 550 0069. CTO Chairperson: Colin Riley 082 492 0932, Email: rileyc@vodamail.co.za.

ST LUCIA This gateway to iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site, is one of KZN’s greatest destinations. St Lucia is a picturesque village located within a nature reserve surrounded by five distinct ecosystems offering walks on pristine beaches, scuba diving and snorkeling, deep sea and off-shore fishing, whale and turtle tours.

Explore the St Lucia estuary with ADVANTAGE TOURS an accredited hippo/ croc boat cruise operator in St Lucia that also offer trips out to sea to view migrating whales as they pass this stretch of coastline from mid May to mid December.

ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its superlative natural beauty and unique global values. The 332 000 hectare Park contains three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25 000 year-old vegetated coastal dunes – among the highest in the world. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this unique place.

It’s hard to beat both as a destination and venue. The Lodge accommodation is serviced daily and consists of a large bedroom cum lounge, full bathroom & shower, fully kitted out kitchenette and verandah with garden furniture. All Lodges have ceiling fans and are air conditioned, with individual balconies. The front facing rooms offer sweeping views over the Wetlands. iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Lake St Lucia +27 (0)35 590 1082 info@stlucia-ecolodge.co.za

HORNBILL HOUSE is situated in the tranquil and tropical village of St Lucia on the banks of the St Lucia Estuary. We offer 4 well-appointed comfortable en suite rooms, and include a delicious full breakfast. A variety of local tours are available departing from HORNBILL HOUSE with Shaka barker tours.

Experience the diverse experiences in the 10 jewels that make up the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Enjoy the endless beaches that stretch 220 kilometres from Maphelane in the south to Kosi Bay on the Mozambique border, view game on self-guided or guided trails and routes on the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains in uMkhuze or in the coastal forests and rolling grasslands of Lake St Lucia’s Eastern Shores. See the spectacular coral reefs and colourful underwater life whilst diving or snorkeling or embark on adventures ranging from kayak trips to horse rides.

Jozini Lebombo Lodge Tel: 083 745 8686, Fax: 086 600 3910 Email: 5721191@gmail.com | www.jozinilebombolodge.co.za

Wilderness hiking trails and well known camps abound in the area. A birder’s paradise with a fascinating variety of species including Eagles, Kingfisher, and Yellow billed Storks, Spoonbills, White Pelicans and many others. Charter’s Creek, Fani’s Island and False Bay park are all situated on the shores of Lake St Lucia and are favourite destinations for anglers and bird watchers.


43 Hornbill St, St Lucia | Tel: +27 35 590 1071/1162 info@shakabarker.co.za | www.hornbillhouse.com Shaka barker offers a wide range of tours through the beautiful iSimangaliso Wetlands, including boat cruises, bike rides, night Chameleon drives, full day tours and guided walks. Join us on a 4x4 adventure through the park or on one of our small boats and get up close to the hippos and crocodiles! All our tours leave from your St. Lucia Village doorstep.

035 590 1162 or 035 590 1070 Tel: +27 35 590 1162 Fax: 086 552 1188 E: info@shakabarker.co.za W: www.shakabarker.co.za

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Boutique guesthouse in ‘hippo-town’ St Lucia / Isimangaliso Wetlands Park

serene estate

5*architectural masterpiece in natural environment. Minimalistic, serene atmosphere at 300 m2 from Indian Ocean and surrounded by wetlands park. Rooms are bright, large with big windows with entrance to private terraces / gardens. Perfect gateway for activities from turtle/whale watching till game drives or just relaxing on unspoilt beaches or in our huge pool. All facilities in rooms / lounge, free wi-fi.

119 Hornbillstreet, St Lucia Estuary Phone: +27(0)72 3652450 E-mail: info@serene-estate.com | www.serene-estate.com

CHANE CHEESE FARM AND LODGE, a small family run cheesery, is nestled between Mtubatuba and St. Lucia. The Lodge offers four comfortably furnished self-catering units as well as four family units. There is a restaurant where you can have a great breakfast, lunch and dinner. We offer: restaurant, farm shop, mini golf, pony rides, horse rides, cheese tours, wedding venue, birthday parties.

TRADING HOURS Mon – Fri 08h00-16h00 Sat 08h00-17h00 Sun 09h00 – 17h00

Cell: +27 82 321 5000 | Email: nicky@mtuba.co.za | www.cheesefarm.co.za SITUATED ON THE R618 BETWEEN MTUBATUBA & ST LUCIA

HLUHLUWE This region is home to Africa’s oldest game reserve, Hluhluwe/iMfolozi, once the royal hunting grounds of King Shaka. With its rugged hills, savannah and wooded areas it is one of the largest game parks in South Africa, and offers an astonishing kaleidoscope of game viewing options. Uncontrolled hunting once brought many wildlife species to the brink of extinction hence the establishment of reserves like Hluhluwe/ iMfolozi which, thanks to major conservation efforts, is credited with ensuring the White Rhino’s survival. The Big 5, namely elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard may all be spotted from the comfort of your own car or on an open safari vehicle with a registered guide. A wide range of plant life sustains many other mammals including cheetah, wild dog, giraffe and nyala. Other activities include elephant and rhino tracking, game drives, night game drives, self-guided or wilderness trails that take you near to wildlife either on foot, on horseback or in a canoe. The accommodation available ranges from luxury five star lodges to cozy chalets and tented camping options. The Hluhluwe area also produces a large proportion of South Africa’s pineapples. An entrancing experience awaits you in a unique wilderness area that provides a bush experience in the heart of one of South Africa’s most diverse conservation regions. LED & Tourism Officer: Jabulani Myeni 078 428 8098 Email: mhlaba100@gmail.com

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Our guests leave with a smile, cherished memories & wonderful experiences!

Little Eden offers Up Market and Tastefully Decorated Self Catering Accommodation bordering the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Choose from Six different Self Catering Units that are Serviced Daily, each with a Fully Equipped Kitchen, Comfortable Lounge with DSTV, Air Conditioning, Private BBQ facilities, free Internet Access and Secure Parking. Jungle gym for children. Our Five-, Six- and Eight-sleeper Units are ideal for families, while the Two Smaller Units are ideal for Young Families or Couples. 159 Hornbill Street, St Lucia | Tel: 035 590 1527 • Cell: 081 045 3381 Email: info@littleedensaintlucia.com | Website: www.littleedensaintlucia.com efforts this ancient and once almost extinct reptile is once again increasing in numbers. Tours to view turtles during the breeding season can be arranged. On the untouched eastern seaboard, where lakes and lagoons shimmer with life. Here the famous Big 5, becomes the Big 6, with the humpback whale joining the majestic lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo.

KOSI BAY SODWANA BAY Rated as one of the world’s top 10 dive destinations, Sodwana Bay is an underwater paradise. Renowned for scuba diving, deep sea and shoreline fishing Sodwana has long stretches of beach and beautiful hard and soft coral reefs, alive with over 1200 species of fish in addition to a wide variety of marine life. There are Humpback Whales, Ragged Tooth Sharks, Whale Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Manta Ray and Giant Morays to name a few.

The Kosi experience is about a remote yet magical place of shimmering lakes and pristine seashore. The amaThonga, as the resident Tembe community is known, have a unique history. They have harvested the natural resources of the area for centuries and the Kosi Bay mouth is famous for its ancient fish traps, a sustainable method of fishing that has been passed down for generations.

Leatherbacks, the largest sea turtle, along with Loggerheads and others, nest annually in this part of the world. Thanks to conservation

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JOZINI Located in North Eastern KwaZulu-Natal on the main route to Mozambique, the town of Jozini is synonymous with the dam of the same name - the Jozini or Pongolapoort Dam. The Jozini Dam on the Pongola River, which supports a large population of fish, hippos and crocodiles, lies between the majestic Ubombo and Lebombo mountains on the Elephant Coast and covers over 16 000 ha. Situated in the heart of the Zulu Kingdom, with its rich heritage and untamed natural beauty, JOZINI TIGER LODGE & SPA is the perfect luxury getaway when visiting the area. Positioned along the banks of the picturesque Lake Jozini, and backed by the splendour of the Lebombo Mountain range, the Lodge boasts superb facilities, including a spa, gym, rim-flow swimming pool, exceptional dining experiences, extensive conference

and banqueting facilities, and a wide range of activities for all ages. Take time out to explore the lake aboard one of the SHAYAMANZI HOUSEBOATS where you can relax and soak up the stunning scenery or reel in a tiger fish or two as you listen to the haunting cries of the Fish Eagle. LED: S Mabaso Tourism Officer: Bobby Mavimbela 082 216 5744 CTO Chairperson: Abednigo Nzuza 072 431 1182 Email: tourism@jozini.org.za

MKUZE Mkuze Game Reserve is home to the black and white rhino, leopard, elephant, giraffe, hippo and crocodile. Vegetation is mainly flat and dry which is excellent for game viewing. Secluded bush camps offer visitors a superb wilderness experience. Considered one of the Zulu kingdom’s birding hotspots, the beautiful area

around Mkuze has recorded over 420 species. Where the Mkuze River passes through the Lebombo Mountains, a stony peak called Ghost Mountain stands at 529m high with its haunted history of a fierce battle where Zibhebu and his warriors were forced to flee from Dinizulu and the heavy rifle fire of 800 European frontiersmen whom he had enlisted. Other attractions include Border Caves where the first inhabitants of this region took residence some 200 000 years ago. Jozini Dam, also in this area, is famous for a its tiger fishing. The elephant reserves at Tembe and Ndumu are home to the last truly wild elephant herds in South Africa. UMHLABUYALINGANA LED Officer: Raphael Mhhonto 035 592 0680 CTO Chairperson: Brian Ring 082 776 3984 Email: brian@reefteach.co.za

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Jozini Tiger Lodge & Spa

Zululand’s perfect luxury getaway! 70 luxurious rooms • Top-class restaurant • Mangwanani Spa • Gym • Boma • Adult & Kiddies Swimming Pool• Kiddies games room • Wifi • Secure Parking • Conference & Wedding Venue• Spectacular Tiger Fishing • Sunset Boat Cruises • Bird Watching • Hiking trails tel: (035) 572 1020 | fax: (035) 572 1114 | reservations@jozinitigerlodge.co.za www.jozinitigerlodge.co.za

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FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency Tel : +27 (0)13 759 5300/01 Fax : +27 (0)13 755 3928 E-mail : info@mtpa.co.za

‘THE PLACE WHERE THE SUN RISES!’- Mpumalanga is considered to be one of the most geographically diverse and unbelievably beautiful places in South Africa, with soaring mountain peaks terminating in an immense escarpment. Situated in the east of South Africa, north of KwaZulu-Natal and borders Swaziland and Mozambique in the northeast, which makes it an ideal partner in the east3Route landscape.

Blyde River Canyon



People are drawn to Mpumalanga by its magnificent scenery, the fauna and flora, the saga of the 1870s gold rush era and a wealth of fascinating tribal legends.

The entire area offers exceptional opportunities for bird-watching, hiking, horseriding and fishing. Streams once panned for gold have become the haunts of eager anglers and lazy trout. Much like South Africa as a whole, Mpumalanga is a melting pot of cultures. From the sea faring Hindus that arrived over 40,000 years ago and built temples, and astronomic observatories on the mountaintops. To the San and Koi- San who’s rock art is found in the caves all over the Mpumalanga, and the colourful geometric arts of the Ndebele cultural villages. Modern day Mpumalanga has artists routes, township tours, labyrinths, shopping centres, casinos and the magnificent Mbombela


Pilgrims Rest Lydenberg


Mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests characterise the landscape. This is also Big Game Country, the setting for dozens of sanctuaries teeming with wildlife and birds.





Loskop Dam Nature Reserve

Orpen Gate

White River Waterval Boven


Paul Kruger Gate Numbi Gate

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Baberton Nature Reserve

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Some of the highlights are outlined below: THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK The world-renowned Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in Africa, stretching for 352 kms from the north all along the border with Mozambique. Established in 1898 it offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa.

tour isn’t for the faint hearted. You can also visit the Sudwala Dinosaur Park where you can see life size models of pre-historical dinosaurs along with the real life Nile crocodiles. MATSAMO CULTURAL PARK The perfect blend of modern comforts, traditional style and hospitality await visiting groups hosted by tour guides, who entertain guests, and inform them about Swazi culture and the significance of their traditions and customs. The fusion of food, warm, welcoming people, music, and dance makes visiting Matsamo a unique and heart-warming experience.

KAAPSEHOOP GHOST TOURS Take a step into the realm of the paranormal. The small, misty mountaintop town of Kaapsehoop is renowned for its ghosts, including a child who cries out with a bloodcurdling scream and the ghost of a widow who murdered her husband with an axe, and now occupies the veranda of the local pub.

BLYDE RIVER CANYON The Blyde River Canyon is famous for its breathtaking scenery – from the Three Rondavels to God’s Window. It is the thirdlargest canyon in the world – after the Grand Canyon in the US and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia. Some of the most superb waterfalls in our country can be found here, including Lone Creek Falls, Mac Mac Falls and the Berlin and Lisbon Falls

SHANGAAN VILLAGE Visit the Xintu Village and learn about Shangaan culture, food and way of life. The centre of the village is a market at which you can buy arts and crafts and sample traditional meals.



Visit the Botshabelo Mission Station and Historical Village and learn all about Middleburg’s history and Ndebele culture. See Fort Merensky and the Ndebele Village where Ndebele made products such as souvenirs are sold. Look out for the rare Lantus Cycad’s, which bloom beautifully during the summer.

Located in the Letaba Camp in the Kruger National Park, this innovative museum captures the history of human and elephant interaction within the park and educates visitors on their evolution, biology and behaviour. Their main showcase displays the tusks of six of the Magnificent Seven, the parks big tuskers.

NDEBELE VILLAGE Groblersdal is a part of the Cultural Heartland and is well known for the multicoloured art of Ndebele culture. You can recognise the Ndebele Tribe by the vibrant symmetrical patterns painted on their homes and their intricate jewellery. The Ndebele Tribe is known for their warm spirit, beautiful beadwork and crafts.

MBOMBELA STADIUM Built at a cost of around a billion Rand as a venue for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the Stadium seats 120 000 people. Nicknamed the giraffe stadium because of the 18 roof supports that resemble giraffes, this worldclass facility incorporates The Big Five into its design. Watch a local soccer or rugby match at this magnificent stadium. ROCK ART


Visit the Nkomazi Game Reserve and see the rock art sites that date back more than 300 years. These ancient pieces of rock art depict the spiritual beliefs and lifestyle of the nomadic San People.

Take a Guided Tour that teaches you all about the chimpanzees that the institute has rescued. Chimpanzees are mankind’s closest relatives, and it is said that about 98% of human and chimpanzee DNA sequences are the same.

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Dullstroom has the largest collection of whiskey in the Southern Hemisphere. Go on a Whiskey Tasting Tour and learn about “the water of life” from three self-confessed whiskey fanatics.

Steeped in the history of pioneers, hunters and fortune seekers, fascinating gold rush towns abound such as Sabie, Pilgrims Rest, Dullestroom, Nelspruit and Watervalboven.

The Kingdom of Swaziland, bordered in the north, west and south by South Africa and in the east by Mozambique, is a partner in the exciting east3Route (e3R) initiative established in 2011 to generate crossborder development and co-operation with regard to job creation, economic growth and of course tourism, in the countries that form part of the route. Swaziland is renowned for its scenic beauty and offers visitors a ‘royal experience’ amongst mountainous grandeur, cascading waterfalls, lush forests and fertile valleys. The capital MBABANE, and the industrial hub of MANZINI offer an upbeat alternative to the tranquility found in the more outlying areas while the Ezulwini Valley is the Kingdom’s main tourist area offering a wealth of attractions. Traditional ceremonies are an integral part of Swazi life and this provides visitors with a wonderful opportunity to partake in some fascinating cultural activities. The monarchy and the people of Swaziland actively maintain and preserve their remarkable cultural heritage, allowing visitors to get a better idea of traditional African culture. The most important of these is the sacred NCWALA or FESTIVAL OF THE FIRST FRUITS held annually in December /January on a date chosen by astrologers in conjunction with the phases of the moon and sun. This ritual is held to renew the strength of the King and the Swazi Nation for the coming year.

THE UMHLANGA OR REED DANCE takes place during August or early September. Swazi maidens, of marriageable age, gather at the Queen Mother’s residence and set out in parties to gather reeds. The reeds are used to repair the windbreak around the Queen Mothers residence. The singing and rhythmic dancing takes place on the afternoon of the sixth and seventh days at the Royal Village. SIBHACA dancing is known for its stirring rhythms, energetic and dramatic movements and bright colours. Swaziland has a remarkable and impressive range of TRADITIONAL ARTS AND CRAFTS with many of its products now found in trendy ethnic boutiques around world. Throughout the country men and women are at work creating the finest handicrafts such as creative basket ware in vibrant colours, wood and stone carvings, glassware, exquisite candles, batik items, jewellery all uniquely Swazi.

There are a number of casinos across the country, nightclubs in the more populous areas, and many hotels also have evening entertainment on offer. Accommodation ranges from upmarket and luxury hotels and lodges to bush camps, charming guest houses and bed & breakfasts, self-catering establishments or camping sites and backpackers.

In some places there is also a chance to see talented craftspeople at work, and these provide both income and empowerment for their craftspeople from poor rural communities.

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BIG GAME PARKS (BGP) This non-profit trust manages three game reserves in Swaziland: HLANE ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY and MKHAYA GAME RESERVE. Located less than 1.5hr drive away from each other, visitors can view three distinct habitats, a wide range of flora and fauna including the Big 5, within a manageable time-frame. A wide range of activities, accommodation and dining options to suit all budgets and preferences are available. HLANE ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, home to the largest herds of game in the Kingdom, encompasses 22,000 hectares of Swazi Bushveld dominated by ancient hardwood vegetation. Home to Lion, Elephant, White Rhino, Giraffe and a whole host of other species, Hlane is also blessed with an abundant and diverse bird life, including the highest density of nesting white backed vultures in Africa. ‘Hlane’ means ‘Wilderness’ in siSwati and has two rest camps: Ndlovu and Bhubesi, which definitely allow you to get back to nature. MKHAYA GAME RESERVE is located in the southeast of Swaziland, the heart of the lowveld. This magnificent unspoilt wilderness is a haven to endangered species and home

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to 4 of the Big 5 including Black Rhino. Visitors can also spot the pure Swazi nguni breed of cattle, roan and sable antelope, tsessebe, white rhino, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodiles and exquisite birdlife including the elusive narina trogon to name just a few of the wildlife highlights.

was derived from the numerous fires started by lightning strikes on the Mlilwane Hill but now holds significance as the little fire that started a big conservation movement in Swaziland resulting in the saving of over 22 species from local extinction across the three reserves.

After a day out in the hot African bush, return to a forest camp and enjoy an ice-cold drink beneath the giant sausage tree before retiring to a unique and luxurious semi-open stone and thatch cottage to drift off to sound of the bush.

The Sanctuary covers 4,560 hectares divided into a southern and northern section. The southern section’s grassland plains stretch up to the striking Nyonyane Mountain with its exposed granite peak known as the ROCK OF EXECUTION.

Entry to the park must be booked in advance and guests are met at the pick-up point at either 10am or 4pm according to their package itinerary. A trip to Mkhaya is a trip into Real Africa - a soul enriching, quality experience you’ll never forget.

Stay in a wide range of accommodation and enjoy the sanctuary’s nature by foot, horse, mountain bike, self-drive or guided game drives to name just a few of its many activities. Savor a delicious meal at the popular Hippo Haunt Restaurant, overlooking a picturesque pool teeming with birdlife, or at one of the parks other dining options. Relax and enjoy a game walk or cool off by taking a dip in the rest camp’s swimming pool.

MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY is Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area and a beautiful, secluded sanctuary situated in the EZULWINI VALLEY. Located between Mbabane and Manzini, a 24hr gate access is offered enabling guests to enjoy the neighbouring tourist hubs of Ezulwini and Malkerns with their many unique attractions and craft shops. The name ‘Mlilwane’ (‘Little Fire’ in siSwati)

REILLY’S ROCK, the former home of Mickey Reilly, is steeped in history and features an upmarket lodge offering six en-suite rooms, as well as a self-catering 7-sleeper cottage also situated in the botanical gardens.


boundary, overlooks the beautiful Mhlambanyatsi Valley. It offers visitors a range of excellent value accommodation in stunning surroundings, a swimming pool, large garden, ample safe parking, camping ground, braai area, bar, laundry, DSTV and games room.

Wander the hillside trails, view the game which includes blue duiker and suni, or relax on the terraced lawns and take in the spectacular views. Begin the day with a pre-adventure breakfast on the sun deck before hiking or driving down to make use of the many activities available at Mlilwane Rest Camp. In the evening, share stories and sundowners around the campfire, followed by a dinner prepared and served by friendly Swazi hosts and don’t forget to say hello to the resident bush babies.

Just a 15min walk from Mlilwane Rest Camp and within walking distance to the Malkerns main road and Mahlanya fresh produce market, Sondzela offers comfortable accommodation in scenic gardens with easy access to the numerous activities and siteseeing opportunities that Big Game Parks and Swaziland offers. A FREE Sondzela Shuttle is also offered to and from Malandela’s

SONDZELA BACKPACKERS located within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary’s southern

CHUBEKA TRAILS is the horse trailing arm of Big Game Parks based in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary which offers excellent hourly, daily, overnight and multi-day trails. With well-trained horses suitable for all levels, Chubeka Trails offers riders a fantastic opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with the flora and fauna on Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Bespoke itineraries available on request - please enquire for further details. Contact Details: www.biggameparks.org or Tel: +268 2528 3943/4



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Restaurant and Internet Cafe to further enhance ease of travel.





National Museum Happy Valley Hotel

King Sobhuza II Memorial Park Swaziland National Trust


Mantenga Cultural Village



MR103 Mahlanya Market




EZULWINI VALLEY - ‘PLACE OF HEAVEN’ Ezulwini Valley is one of Swaziland’s main tourist area and offers a wealth of attractions in scenic settings surrounded on all sides by magnificent mountains.

you can purchase wooden or soapstone carvings, glassware, mohair, tapestries, pottery, and imaginative silk-screened batiks in an array of colours.

It is the hub of Swazi crafts, culture and attractions including hot springs, casinos, craft markets, art galleries, riding stables, a nature reserve, a golf course at the Royal Swazi Spa Hotel and a cultural village. It features small markets on either side of the road where

The ROYAL VILLAS Swaziland offers award winning accommodation, conference facilities and fine cuisine all year round. Set in a beautiful secure estate with stunning views of the Royal Mdzimba Mountains, the gold and browns of the African savannah are echoed

throughout the Villas with each room designed to make the most of the African sunlight and views. Set in the natural tranquility of the Ezulwini Valley, the ROYAL SWAZI SPA VALLEY resort beckons guests from all corners of the world. The resort is made up of the elegant Royal Swazi Spa hotel and Lugogo Sun. The two hotels are a minute’s drive apart when travelling by courtesy bus, which makes it

Off Mantenga Drive, Ezulwini, Swaziland. E-mail: reservations@mantengalodge.com Website: www.mantengalodge.com


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the ideal venue for a host of special events, including large conferences, banquets and international golf championships. LUGOGO SUN HOTEL is one of the fine Swaziland hotels that make up the Royal Swazi Spa Valley resort. The hotel’s location takes full advantage of the tranquillity of the surrounding Ezulwini Valley, allowing guests to feel completely relaxed upon driving onto the grounds. Surrounded by nature, mountains and a host of activities and facilities make for a memorable holiday or business conference. LIVING IN AFRICA at the Royal Swazi Spa and AFRICAN QUEEN at the Lugogo Sun, both offer a magnificent selection of curios, books, jewellery, crafts and t-shirts.

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at Swazi Candles Centre Malkerns Email: livinginafrica@realnet.co.sz Tel: +268 2528 3110

LIVING IN AFRICA at Royal Swazi Spa Hotel Ezulwini Tel: +268 2416 1726

VISIONCARE is a first class optometrist, which can produce same day prescriptions and stock designer sunglasses can be found in Ezulwini with branches in Mbabane and Manzini.

a typical Swazi lifestyle during the 1850’s and illustrates many facets of the ancient Swazi way of life.

MANTENGA LODGE is located in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley (Valley of Heaven) situated among natural surroundings at the foot of Sheba’s Breasts Mountains (immortalized by Rider Haggards’ “King Solomon’s Mines”) overlooking the legendary “Execution Rock”. The 38 Rooms are tastefully furnished each with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, DSTV, telephone as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Free wireless Internet (WiFi) is also available throughout the hotel. MANTENGA SWAZI CULTURAL VILLAGE is a living museum of old traditions and represents

After the official opening, it was named ‘Ligugu Lemaswati’ by his Majesty King Mswati III, meaning ‘The pride of the Swazi People’. The village life is vibrant and energetic and the experience is both informative and memorable - a taste of true Swazi hospitality. The Cultural Village is open to visitors daily from 8 am to 5 pm and traditional dances are held every day. Other attractions in the Valley include: MANTENGA CRAFT CENTRE, MANTENGA FALLS, KING SOBHUZA II MEMORIAL PARK, EXECUTION ROCK and rock paintings at SHEBA’S BREASTS.

Zoggs strives to produce individually unique items in a wide variety of materials ranging from metal ware, wood, paper mache, fabric and clay. All Zoggs pieces are one of a kind, functional and personally signed by the designer. Zoggs can create items to suit your own requirements, colours, style or design. Shops at Malandelas Centre, Malkerns and Nisela Safaris, Nsoko

The TEA ROAD branches off the main Mbabane/Manzini road at Ezulwini and takes one to the foot of the Mdzimba Mountains. STATE HOUSE is located at Lozitha but one is not permitted to approach or photograph the Palace without permission. The HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT at Lobamba may be photographed from the outside. The SWAZILAND NATIONAL TRUST COMMISSION is the parastatal organisation responsible for the conservation of nature and the cultural heritage of the Kingdom of Swaziland. The offices are near the Parliament building. The activities carried out by the Swaziland National Trust Commission with regard to the countryís cultural heritage include the operation of the national museum, as well as national monuments, which include the KING SOBUZA II MEMORIAL PARK. Archaeology also falls under the Trust; the archaeology department, in the past, has been responsible for excavations at various locations in the country. Adjoining the offices is the NATIONAL MUSEUM which traces stepby-step the history, art and cultural artifacts of the Swazi people.

Email: info@zoggsafrica.com

Cell: +268 76055015 | Fax: +268 3636502

Also at Lobamba is the EMBO STATE PALACE, generally used to meet visiting dignitaries. Only authorised persons may approach or photograph it. The SOMHLOLO STADIUM at Lobamba is used for soccer matches and concerts as well as for the annual Independence celebration of the colourful Reed Dance ceremony held in late August / early September every year. Between Lobamba and the Royal Swazi Sun complex at Ezulwini, on the Mbabane/Manzini road, is the turn-off to the MANTENGA FALLS AND MANTENGA CRAFT. The striking Nyonyane Mountain with its exposed granite peak known as the EXECUTION ROCK is in, and is accessed through MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY. With its peak at 1110m, Nyonyane is where ancient Bushmen once lived and where Swazi Royal graves are situated giving historical significance. Ancient stories are often told how this magnificent peak acquired its name. Swaziís suspected of witchcraft or criminals were forced to walk off the edge at spearpoint for their crimes.

The distinctive twin-peaks, SHEBA’S BREASTS, are clearly visible from the Malagwane Hill as the traveller descends from Mbabane into the Ezulwini Valley. The rock formations are named after the legendary beauty and mysterious Queen of Sheba from Ethiopia, who supposedly seduced King Solomon. The author J. Rider Haggard, was inspired by the peaks and it is believed that he wrote his famous ‘King Solomon’s Mines’ while staying at the private Kapola Estate. His lesser-known novel ‘She’ was also inspired by the Queen of Sheba. Legend tells that Sheba’s Breasts are the site of King Solomon’s mines. The rural town of MALKERNS is well worth exploring. It lies in a lush and beautiful valley of fertile farmland with sugarcane and pineapples as the main crop. There are wonderful craft shops, including outlets selling locally made decorative candles, basketware and batik work ideal to take home as mementos of a worthwhile trip to this region.

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Find yourself in the cosy setting of Sambane Restaurant situated right next to Swazi Candles. A very good selection of brilliant food can be enjoyed inside or on the shaded patio outside. Great sweets on the menu and healthy salads that taste fresh from the garden. • Breakfasts served all day • Tasty light and main meals • Delicious desserts and cakes of the day • Full liquor licence and speciality coffee machine • Private functions and catering • Kids play area and parties • Lunches for all big groups Great sweets on the menu and healthy salads that taste fresh from the garden.

SAMBANE GIFTS Hand painted Swazi souvenirs.

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at Swazi Candles Centre

BOOKS , MUSIC , SOUVENIRS T SHIRTS & JEWELLERY An eclectic outlet which will surprise the intrepid traveller with authentic wares and keepsakes.

Tel: (+268) 2528 3110 e-mail: livinginafrica@realnet.co.sz

luxury home décor collections. Scarves, shawls, ponchos and bags are included in our stylish fashion accessories. Since 1979, Tsandza Weaving has been teaching the art of hand weaving to rural Swazi women providing them with a sustainable source of income. Table runners, wall hangings, blankets, cushion covers & throws comprise our

Each one of our vibrant, distinctive pieces have been hand woven and knitted from natural fibres of mohair, merino, cotton and bamboo, created for those who appreciate the uniqueness, love and care of handmade.

www.tsandzaweaving.com | e-mail: info@tsandzaweaving.com Tel: (+268) 2518 8867

Welcome to Swazi Candles “Our world famous hand-made candles are created by skilled artisans in our open music filled workshop . The workshop and showrooms are open to the public everyday from 8am –5pm. We invite you to come and have a look at the creation process and meet the people who make the ‘light from Africa ‘ shine. “

www.swazicandles.com | e-mail: info@swazicandles.com Tel: (268) 2528 3219 | Fax: (268) 2528 3135 Baobab Batik creates decorative vibrant African designs with a contemporary twist. The combination of tradition and modernity, united with the skills of the artisans is what makes Baobab’s batiks unique. Each collection tells its own story; from our signature wildlife range, depicting the simple beauty that we see around us to our contemporary collection; illustrating the bold striking patterns displayed on African artefacts. We are producing a modern range of home décor inspired by contemporary African design. Pieces that will make a statement in your home.

www.baobab-batik.com | e-mail: info@baobab-batik.com | Tel: (+268) 2528 3177

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The vibrant and uniquely creative MALANDELA’S CENTRE offers a wealth of attractions which include Malandela’s Farmhouse Restaurant & Country Pub offering delicious home-cooked food in a delightfully and relaxed setting. The SWAZI CANDLES CENTRE, also at Malkerns, is a must see tourist attraction. It houses the popular SWAZI CANDLES FACTORY where you can visit the workshop and see the†candle-making process in progress and watch in awe as beautiful shapes in fabulous colours and patterns are created. Also found here are a number of creative art and craft shops including BAOBAB BATIK, where they craft their unique style of Africa related batiks using ancient techniques of applying melted wax and dyes onto cotton fabric. TSANDZA HANDWEAVING, which sells exquisite fashion assortments of hand woven scarves, shawls, ponchos and bags from pure natural fibres of mohair, cotton, bamboo and banana silk. KWAZI SWAZI offers a great selection of curios, books, music, and t-shirts. SAMBANE CAFE serves delicious breakfasts, and a variety of tasty light meals and hearty main meals and is licenced to serve wine and

beer. It also serves delicious desserts, cakes of the day, tea and coffee. SAMBANE GIFT SHOP sells a wide range of Swazi souvenirs. ZOGGS, created by Zoe Vivian in 2000 with the purpose of applying her textile background in a unique and original way by developing the ‘Zoggs Dot’. Zoggs now has a team of 9 Swazi women situated in the south of Swaziland that provide women with a skill and opportunity to support themselves. There are two shops, one at MALANDELA’S in the Malkerns Valley, and the other at NISELA SAFARI LODGE in the Southern Lubombo region. YEBO ART & DESIGN showcases a range of paintings, prints and sculptures by top local artists. View their textile range, quirky home decor, silver jewellery, ceramic range and contemporary art postcards. There is also an outdoor informal market where crafters sell curios and gifts and wood carvers can be seen at work creating traditional Swazi models and animals. MALKERNS is also home to the tranquil BROOKSIDE LODGE located in near the PHONDO ROYAL RESIDENCE. Experience an indulgent time away and connect with nature in their self-catering and bed & breakfast accommodation for a relaxing holiday!

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The eclectic HOUSE ON FIRE at MALANDELA’S is perhaps the best known and most impressive of Swaziland’s entertainment venues, with a regular programme of performances and events, the most celebrated of which is the internationally acclaimed BUSHFIRE FESTIVAL and annual music festival held over 3 days each May.


characterized by vast sugar estates, served by towns such as Big Bend and Siteki.

Known as The Hub of Swaziland, Manzini captures the essence of Swazi life in its casual pace and informal, friendly attitude. And in this way the years of change have not altered it much at all. Manzini is home to the MAVUSO TRADE CENTRE, where the annual INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR and other major promotional events and exhibitions take place. Adjacent to this is a sports arena and football stadium. The city provides excellent shopping in three large malls. There is a wide choice of hotels and restaurants, including THE GEORGE HOTEL near the city centre, which offers excellent facilities, for both business and leisure. THE GEORGE HOTEL offers all visitors a home away from home, with a selection of 53 accommodation options, ranging from luxurious bedrooms to an executive suite. The hotel has 2 restaurants and a coffee shop, each with delicious menu offerings. MANZINI, and the nearby industrial area of MATSAPHA, house the country’s largest urban population. Modern day Manzini is characterised by both formal and informal trade. KING MSWATI III INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT The airport is perhaps the Kingdom’s flagship facility in the nationwide infrastructural investment envisioned by His Majesty to facilitate economic growth to first world status. The idea, as expressed in His Majesty’s National Development Strategy (NDS), is to enable the country’s direct air access to world

‘The jewel of Swaziland’s Lubombo Mountains’ is the SITEKI HOTEL. The hotel offers the perfect stop over for travellers to and from Mozambique to Swaziland and South Africa.

source markets for tourism and trade, people and cargo. The launch of the airport, following its successful licensing in full accordance with ICAO standards, opens a new chapter in Swaziland’s aviation story. The subsequent announcement of an additional new airline to operate from the airport to major regional cities such as Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Maputo is making news and lends credence to the belief that the Kingdom is ready to receive long haul flights from all corners of the world, as the airport is able to accommodate long distance travellers within the country and beyond. With facilities for handling large aircraft and long-haul flights, provisions for future growth and easy access to Manzini, the hub of Swaziland, King Mswati III International Airport, operated by the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority, is the gateway to the region. Go to www.swacaa.co.sz

LUBOMBO REGION This region takes its name from the line of flat-topped mountains that form Swaziland’s eastern border with Mozambique. Apart from those mountains, the region is lowveld,

Nestled on top of the Lubombo Mountain in the Eastern Part of the Kingdom of Swaziland, Siteki Hotel offers four star accommodation, restaurants and conference facilities. This area is also home to the country’s greatest number of nature/wildlife reserves, including the MKHAYA GAME RESERVE (one of the best places in Africa to see rhino) and the trio making up the LUBOMBO CONSERVANCY: HLANE ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, MLAWULA NATURE RESERVE AND MBULUZI NATURE RESERVE. Here visitors can spot a vast diversity of animals, including the Big Five and bird life that is second to none, all within protected bushveld areas that incorporate wonderful indigenous plants and trees. The bird life in this region is among the most prolific in the country with more than 350 species and due to the extent of the conservation areas, there are many majestic raptors as well as brown-headed parrots in their hundreds. A wide choice of accommodation is available within the reserves at the various rest camps. Atop the beautiful Lubombo Mountains is the SHEWULA NATURE RESERVE - home to one of the country’s most successful community tourism projects.

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• King Mswati III International Airport operates between 6am -6pm daily including public holidays • Check-in time is two hours before the scheduled departure time of the flight • Shuttle services are available for all flights between Manzini, Matsapha, Ezulwini and Mbabane • Parking at the airport is free for short or long stays, no need to pre-book • A cash machine is available in the public concourse courtesy of Nedbank • Private Banking service lounge is available in the departure lounge courtesy of Standard Bank • Europcar and Avis are the two car rental services operating at the airport

TEL: (00268) 2518 4390, 2518 4047, 2518 4049, 2518 4081, 2518 4816 FAX: (00268) 2518 4199 | Email: marketing@swacaa.co.sz | Website: www.swacaa.co.sz King Mswati III International Airport Help Desk: +268 23335000 34 | Explore e3R

MBABANE Mbabane is Swaziland’s capital and largest city with a population of around 100,000. Located on the Mbabane River and its tributary the Polinjane River in the Mdimba Mountains, the average elevation of the city is 1243 meters making for a more moderately humid, subtropical climate. The city derives its name from a CHIEF MBABANE KUNENE, who lived in the area when British settlers arrived. The current town dates back to 1887 and the area rapidly became part of the transport route from the Transvaal to Mozambiquelater known as Ndelakayomi (path never empty) due to heavy traffic. A Bombardier

NGWENYA NGWENYA is a town in western Swaziland, lying near the border with South Africa, north west of Mbabane, on the MR3 road. The NGWENYA MINE an iron ore mine is located on Bomvu Ridge, northwest of Mbabane and near the north-western border of Swaziland. This mine is considered to be the world’s oldest.

Mickey Wells, is recorded as being the first European settler who opened a primitive hotel, restaurant and store in the area. Mbabane was founded in 1903 when Swaziland fell under British protection and the new government opted for the cooler climate of the Highveld. North of Mbabane, the road to Luve is known as PINE VALLEY. Along here visitors can view a series of waterfalls on the BLACK UMBELUZI RIVER and the granite heights of ‘SIBEBE ROCK’. TOTAL SWAZILAND, through it’s CSI programme, is committed to nurturing a culture of entrepreneurship among small and medium-sized businesses.

are all handmade from 100% recycled glass! This is not a new ‘green bandwagon’ that they have jumped on recently; it has simply been a way of life.† Witness first-hand, the magical art of glassblowing or browse around the wellstocked adjoining showroom and purchase your memento of a truly ‘African’ visit to the Kingdom of Swaziland. The factory is situated in a charming complex set in large indigenous gardens. Also on the premises is a selection of boutique shops well stocked with locally made products of world-class quality and you can relax in the sunny coffee shop, overlooking the imaginative play park for children and enjoy a light meal and a glass of wine.

NGWENYA GLASS ~ ONE OF SWAZILAND’S HOTTEST TOURIST ATTRACTION! Since its rebirth in 1987, NGWENYA GLASS has been more than an inspiring success story. It is an environmentalist’s dream and proof that business success and commitment to protecting the environment can indeed be a winning combination. Products include a wide range of tableware, art glass and ornamental African animals and

They use waste newspaper as a very effective packaging material, re-use grey water and have rainwater catchments for factory use. They also use purified old engine oil and KFC oil to fuel their furnaces. (Did you know that one litre of used oil, could contaminate one million litres of water?) Ngwenya has embarked on an indigenous tree-planting program in the area and they also organise environmental clean-up days to encourage schools to pick up litter in exchange

That is why, in an effort to create an entrepreneurial environment, it provides support to the Junior Achievement (JA) Swaziland programme. JA Swaziland is a non-profit organisation that continues to advance its mission of building Swaziland’s economy by equipping its youth with the tools, training and confidence required to become long-term contributors to the domestic and global economy. The JA Programme has already touched the lives of 10 000 children and has enjoyed great success.

for donations of building materials or sports kit etc. For the past 25 years the company has paid a percentage of worldwide sales to the Mkhaya Game Reserve when they started the Ngwenya Rhino and Elephant Wildlife Fund in 1989. They also support numerous orphanages and charities in Swaziland and South Africa and have an active HIV/AIDS policy and program. Ngwenya Glass holds an annual Mountain Bike Challenge in the mountains near the factory to promote Fair Trade in Swaziland, as well as to receive donations of blankets, clothing etc. for the needy in the area. Ngwenya Glass welcomes all visitors and tour buses. Pre-booking for tour bus lunches recommended. Situated just 5 km’s from Oshoek/Ngwenya. Complex open 7 days a week. (Closed on some public holidays). Open from 08h00 - 16h30 weekdays and 08h00 - 16h00 weekends and some holidays. The word Ngwenya is siSwati for crocodile and the mountain does resemble a huge basking reptile.

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Malolotja Falls, the highest in Swaziland.

This region covers the north-western part of the country and is primarily highveld land, including the beautifully scenic Malolotja and Phophonyane Nature Reserves. It also includes the country’s capital, Mbabane, and the tourism hub of the Ezulwini Valley - home to the greatest concentration of hotels and lodges. With the wonderfully accessible Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and the royal area of Lobamba, this is a region packed with places of interest, and offers the variety that Swaziland as a whole revels in rich culture, beautiful scenery and great wildlife.

Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience at the MALOLOTJA CANOPY TOUR, Swaziland’s first official Canopy Tour. Situated deep within the pristine mountain wilderness of the Malolotja Nature Reserve, the Malolotja Canopy Tour offers some of the most dramatic scenery you will ever encounter with striking rock formations, towering cliff faces and views across the lush forest canopy towards the Malolotja mountain peaks.

To the north-west of the region, Pigg’s Peak is the largest town, lying half way between Mbabane and South Africa’s Kruger National Park, whilst Bulembu once a thriving mining town, then abandoned and is now being restored by a charity project. The MALOLOTJA NATURE RESERVE lies to the west of the road and you can view the

Visit the PIGGS PEAKS CRAFT MARKET where you will find high quality locally produced crafts and there is a restaurant there with spectacular views. Continue on to the PIGGS PEAK HOTEL & CASINO, an excellent stop over on your way to the Kruger National Park. The hotel is near the PHOPHONYANE FALLS and MAGUGA DAM and offers affordable luxury accommodation. Each room has its own balcony with spectacular views.

Opposite Malolotja is MAGUGA DAM, a major development on the Komati River that has been responsible for the growth in the area’s agricultural activity. The scenic loop road that leads to the dam also hosts a communityinitiated view site that provides fantastic views over the vast expanse of water. Also at Maguga is the unique community based CRAFT OUTLET, where local crafters come to market their goods, and is one of the best examples of local craftsmanship in the country. LION CAVERN, situated at Ngwenya mine is the oldest mine in the world. Man first began chipping away at the iron ore of Ngwenya Mountain over 43,000 years ago. The more modern mining of Ngwenya Mine was carried out from 1958 until 1979, in the form of open cast mining creating the dramatic mine pit currently still visible.

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WELCOME TO Discover breathtaking beaches, stunning landscapes, amazing marine life, wildlife, luxurious hotels and resorts, climb our mountains, dance to the local music, savor our delicious food, meet friendly people, and select our locally made souvenirs as you make an unforgettable journey.



Lake Nyasa Niassa National Reserve

Mozambique is the ultimate destination for both business and pleasure. Not to mention the cultural mosaic, influenced by African, Arab and Portuguese heritage.









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Airport International Boundaries Provincial Boundary Main Road



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Mozambique is a warm country with beautiful places and exotic beaches, of fine white sand. Its archipelagos contain stories and legends that are still respected from generation to generation. Its charm comes not only from its exotic places or landscapes or environment of their cities, but a contrast in the land and the people who are born and live with passion and intensity. RELIGION Christian (Catholic and Protestant), Muslim and Hindu and traditional beliefs. In the days of Eid (Islamic religion) and Easter (Christian religion), the Government decrees a public holiday. LANGUAGES

Mozambique is bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east and Swaziland and South Africa to the south west. A warm welcome awaits travellers to this remarkable country with its untouched tropical coastline. The total area of Mozambique is 799 380 Km2 from North to South, to the East it has a coastline with the Indian Ocean for over 2515 km. The more south we go the narrower the land becomes, its widest point being the Central Northern region, between the Coast and the point where the rivers Aruángua and Zambeze meet. The narrowest southern point, in the Namaacha region is only 47,5 km wide. From the coastal plains inland, the land changes abruptly from a narrow palm studded strip of beach along the coast to a broad belt of savannah and woodland then forested mountains. Forty percent of the territory has an altitude rising to 200 meters; Cabo Delgado, Nampula and the interior of Inhambane, are plateaus of 200 to 600 meters and further on between Manica and Sofala the land forms mountains with heights above 1000 meters.

Portuguese is the official language of the country, however, there are more than 60 languages spoken throughout the country. English is spoken in major cities as business language. CULTURE Traditional ways of life are preserved in Mozambique - varying from province to province. This cultural kaleidoscope provides visitors with a series of experiences and precious memories. Makonde people of Cabo Delgado in the northeast, are known for their fearlessness and initiation rites. For male initiation, participants dance with masks “MAPICO.” The body is tattooed and the teeth are sharped only for aesthetic purposes. The Makonde are also talented artisans producing fine wood - primarily mahogany, ebony and ironwood and ivory sculpture which usually depict the stories of previous generations. Music is very important for the people of Niassa living in the sparsely populated northwest. They use wind instruments made of dry and hollow gourds, producing a sound like a trumpet. Bands of musicians play instruments of different sizes. Macuas women, in Nampula Province, paint their faces with “musiro,” a stratum of white root.

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They also make straw baskets, mats and other items as well as ebony and clay sculptures. The traditional and spicy food of Zambezia is highly appreciated. The Zambezian grilled chicken with coconut milk, is a delicacy. The agility of Nhau dancers from Tete province is much admired. To the sound of thumping beats, they dance holding huge and scary wooden masks. For Chopes of Inhambane province “Timbila” is the name of a percussion instrument. The instrument is similar to a xylophone. During the dance, up to 23 different sizes of instruments are played. The Chope also use “mbira” made of strips of metal attached to a hollow box and played with the fingers.

MAPUTO is the capital and a cosmopolitan hub of culture, where delectable fresh cuisine, a wonderful blend of Portuguese, Indian and African influences, is served, and retail therapy at countless local markets and shops will ensure the discovery of a treasure or two. The tourism sector is growing and amongst the many POPULAR TOURIST DESTINATIONS are: PONTA DE OURO which captures the very essence of a Mozambican holiday and swimming with the dolphins and scuba diving is a must. GAZA PROVINCE has a blend of quiet, beautiful beaches, action packed deep sea fishing and in BILENE one can find plenty watersport adventure. XAI-XAI (the capital) bustles with shops, markets, restaurants and bars. When Vasco Da Gama rounded Africa in the late 15th century, he fell in love with INHAMBANE and named it ‘Terra de Boa Gente’ or Land of Good People. The name says it all, and the tropical reef areas are spectacular.

VILANCULOS is the gateway to the BAZARUTO ARCHIPELAGO which consists of six Islands. A place of incomparable beauty, turquoise waters, idyllic beaches, bewitching coral reefs and rare tropical fish - the ultimate destination for ocean-lovers and divers. BENGUERRA ISLAND is home to a variety of animal, bird and plant life and the lush forests and exquisite landscape is incredible to behold. Famous for its unspoilt beaches, excellent fishing and remarkable scuba diving sites. Whales and dolphins are often seen here. MAGARUQUE ISLAND: Relaxation, seclusion and natural beauty are words that describe this well-known marlin and sail fishing hotspot where ocean safaris and sunset cruises make the perfect afternoon. SOFALA PROVINCE’S attractions include BEIRA and its beautiful cathedral and the GORONGOSA NATIONAL PARK which is perhaps Africa’s greatest wildlife restoration story.

the volcanic rock formation that lines Nampula’s vast horizon. ILHA DE MOZAMBIQUE, is a picturesque and fascinating island, connected to the mainland by a concrete bridge. Prior to 1898, it was the capital of colonial Portuguese East Africa used as a major base for the Arab traders since around the 8th century. It’s a World Heritage Site. Bike riding around the island is popular. QUIRIMBAS ARQHIPELAGO: Those looking for complete exclusivity and natural beauty will adore these completely untouched Mozambique Islands in a forgotten corner of the Quirimbas Archipelago. NIASSA: Here visitors will find the Niassa National Reserve, Africa’s largest conservation area. For more info contact: Mozambique Tourism Authority Av. 25 de Setembro, 1018 Tel: +258 21307320/1 Fax: +258 21307322/4 Email: info@inatur.org.mz www.visitmozambique.co.mz

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A blend of beautiful beaches and lakes, national parks and historical monuments. Gaza’s tourism includes a 150km long coastal zone, with fabulous conditions for recreational fishing, swimming, windsurfing, jet skiing and scuba diving. The beautiful popular beaches of Bilene, Xai-Xai, Chizavane, and Chidenguele have sunny white sandy beaches, idyllic sunrises and sunsets, shells, whales, dolphins and turtles. Most have boat launch sites and areas protected by reef. Chidenguele and Bilene also have magnificent inland lakes. XAI-XAI

all of which make for a more comfortable and stress free journey. Praia de Xai-Xai (Xai-Xai Beach) is approximately 12km from Xai-Xai City. It has long sweeping beaches with safe swimming. The area has accommodation ranging from rustic to luxury, including camping, and the restaurants and bars serve a variety of delicious cuisine. The beaches present a scenic collection, from the open ocean with pounding waves, to rocky formations with rock pools, to areas protected by long reefs for boat launching, beach games and activities and safe swimming in calm waters. CHIDENGUELE 70km north of Xai Xai lies the tiny village of Chidenguele (meaning “The Highest Point” in the local, Chope language).

The City of Xai-Xai, 250km north of Maputo, situated on the banks of the Limpopo river, is alive with markets, shops, restaurants, bars, petrol stations, banks and a post office. During the past 5 years the city has developed at a significant pace to boast four large supermarkets and many smaller shops. The result of the recent development is that one no longer has to travel in an uncomfortable overloaded car, as all groceries, fresh meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables, condiments and all alcohols’ can be purchased during your stay,

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5km from the main road and Chidenguele Village, is lake Nhambavale with a depth of 35 metres. Resorts situated around the lake offer varied accommodation and numerous water sports. 2km away from Nhambavale Lake is the Indian Ocean where visitors can enjoy beautiful beaches, watch and take pictures of whales, turtles and dolphins. Accommodation and fishing charters are also available. CHIZAVANE Chizavane is a small village between Xai-Xai and Chidenguele (approximately 40km north of Xai-Xai). Chizavane offers a wide open swimming beach, that is peaceful and seldom

filled with many people, providing privacy to all holiday makers. Safe jogging or walking along the shore can be enjoyed for kilometres alongside undisturbed nature and tranquillity of the ocean. Here too can you enjoy deep sea fishing, whale, turtle and dolphin watching. BILENE Bilene is situated about 180km from Maputo. This small town is situated along the edge of the 27km long, and 8km wide Uembje Lagoon. It has pristine stretches of white sandy beaches and shallow calm water which allows for safe swimming and has a large selection of holiday resorts. Bilene is a popular water sports destination, including jet skiing, waterskiing, paddle ski’ing, canoeing, windsurfing, fishing, kayaking, snorkelling and boat rides on the lagoon. Large populations of flamingos and various other water birds frequent the area in the summer months searching the shallow fringes of the water for food. HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE Gaza Province is surrounded by historical significance owing to the many battles fought in this region against the Portuguese colonialists. Many of Mozambique’s heroes, the first president of Frelimo and the first president of Mozambique was born here. Monuments and places of interest include The Nwadjahane Museum, in the district of Manjacaze, is an open air museum which preserves and showcases the life and work

of Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane, the first President of Frelimo and the architect of the national unity of Mozambicans. Samora Moies Machel, the first President of Mozambique, was born a rural village in the Chokwe district called Chilembene. A striking monument has been built here in tribute to him. Alongside this monument is another monument honouring Josina Machel. Chaimite, Coolela, and KaMandlakazi are historical battlefields. NATIONAL PARKS

Park which is located in the district of Chigubo. They are extensive parks encompassing vast tracks of wilderness, consisting of a number of different habitats and vegetation types. There are large areas of scrub mopane as well as luxurious forests of tall mopane trees and beautiful open savannas. While wildlife numbers are still limited, species are quickly recovering. MASSINGIR

Park. An area of stunning vistas, birdwatching and fishing and is famous for tigerfish fishing and boat safaris. Also an ideal stopover destination. GAZA TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE / BALCÃO DE INFORMAÇÃO TURISTICA A Tourism Info Centre has been built on the EN1 in Macia which will aim to guide, inform and support tourists and also to serve as an intermediary for diverse tourism products. Their services include reservations, tours and tour guide, publicity, translations Portuguese/English, an HR consultancy, short courses, marketing, function co-ordinating and entertainment. Please feel free to contact the centre for any information you require on Gaza Province or make your reservations through them. They can be contacted on 00258 842359157 / 00258 825819500 - balcadeturismogaza@gmail.com.

Covane Community Lodge

Gaza Province has two national parks, Limpopo National Park, a trans-frontier park with the Kruger National Park, and Banhine National

Massingir District is situated on the southern border of the Limpopo National Park. Located here is the Massingir Dam, the second largest in Mozambique, on the Rio dos Elefantes on the southern border of the Limpopo National

Visit www.xaixai-mozambique.com and www.mozambiquehotels.com. Also download a tourism App to your smartphone ‘Wild About Mozambique’

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ISLANDS The Seychelles Islands…another world In an overcrowded world that is becoming more polluted by the day, the Seychelles archipelago is fast gaining recognition for the integrity of its unique ecosystems. Almost half of the country’s landmass has been granted protected status as nature reserves. Since that distant time when Seychelles’ granite and coral islands became scattered over a secluded corner of the Indian Ocean, they have remained timeless sanctuaries for some of the rarest species of flora and fauna on earth. Seychelles is made up of 115 islands which lie between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator. There are two categories of islands: the tall, granitic Inner Islands which cluster around the main islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue and the more remote coral isles and atolls that make up the Outer Islands. MAHÉ, the principal island, is home to the international airport and the tiny capital Victoria, and lies roughly 1000 miles from the East African coast in splendid isolation amid the crystalline azure waters of the western Indian Ocean. PRASLIN, originally known as Isle de Palme, lies about 40km north east of Mahé. It is here that one finds the Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which nurtures the legendary coco-de-mer, and was once thought to be the original site of the biblical Garden of Eden. Praslin posseses some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the world with Anse Lazio – widely acclaimed as the most beautiful beach on earth. LA DIGUE is located 7kms from Praslin and offers authentic island - style experiences. With breathtaking, beaches, adorned with granite boulders, time feels as if it has stood still here, and traditional modes of transport such as bicycles and carts drawn by oxen add to this feeling. 44 | Explore e3R

For more information contact THE SEYCHELLES TOURISM BOARD Tel: (+248) 4671 300 Email: info@seychelles.com Website: www.seychelles.travel

There are many more remote islands to explore, and island hopping, whether by plane, boat or helicopter, offers a glimpse of the amazing diversity to be found on each them. Accommodation in Seychelles ranges from secluded island getaways with only a single lodge on the island to luxurious 5 star hotels, quaint Creole guesthouses, rustic beach bungalows and budget self-catering chalets. As an alternative to land based accommodation, charter a yacht or sailing craft and cruise the islands. Whatever your choice you will find a haven in which to relax and enjoy’ the finer things of life and to appreciate the elements of a truly refreshing Creole culture and enviable island lifestyle. No account of Seychelles’ riches can be considered complete without mention of its reputation as ‘the islands of love’ and it is little wonder that that lovers are inspired to take their vows and wed in this gentle and romantic atmosphere. For those weary of mundane holiday experiences – Seychelles offers a stunning alternative - a wondrous natural paradise, vivid sunsets, turquoise waters and a never to be forgotten time of body and soul renewal.



Ansie Lazio

Praslin Island

Curieuse National Marine Park



Vallei de Mai National Park


Beau Vallon Bay




Morne Seychellois National Park




Anse Lazio

Anse Georgette


Grand ‘Anse


Anse Royale

Anse Boudin


Anse Possession


Anse Kerlan


Anse Gouvernment

Praslin Domestic Airport

Anse La Blague

Praslin National Park



Anse Bateau Anse Takamaka Anse Consolation

Anse Bois De Rose



INDEX Hospital

North Point Machabee


Sainte Anne National Marine Park

Airport Main Roads



Sainte Anne


Ile Sêche Round Island

Ile De Romain Ville

Anse Major Anse Du Riz Baie Ternay


Ile Anonyme Ile Aux Rats

PORT GLAUD Ile Thérèse

Anse Gaule




Long Island Cerf Island L’Habitation Cerf

Morne Seychellois National Park

PORT LAUNAY Anse Patates

Moyenne Island



Ile Aux Vaches





Au Cap

Anse Fourmis Pointe Au Sell


Anse Caiman

Anse Soleil


Petite Anse

Anse Bougainville Anse Cocos Anse Source D’Argent Beach

Petite Anse




Anse Parnel Anse Forbans Anse Marie-Louise Anse Capucins Police Bay

Petite Maron

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Imagine swaying palms alongside warm azure waters, fringed by the silver-soft sands of hidden beaches! Imagine sipping exotic tropical cocktails against the backdrop of crimson sunsets and beach fires under the stars and you will begin to get just a tiny inkling of the amazing and magical experience that awaits when you visit.

… the ultimate cocktail of exclusivity, diversity and affordability. introduction to Seychelles’ history as both a French and British colony. The other main islands of Praslin and la Digue offer world-class beaches to enjoy.

A new era is dawning over the Seychelles Islands - one which is steadily bringing its legendary natural beauty and the exceptional holiday experience it offers, within reach of more and more visitors. This dream holiday destination offers not only exclusivity and luxury, but also caters for affordability. Seychelles offers a diversity of locations with a spectacular necklace of 41 granite and 74 coral islands, clothed in some of the rarest species of fauna and flora. This, combined with world renowned and pristine beaches, sapphire seas and perpetual summer temperatures make Seychelles the ultimate haven of relaxation, adventure and renewal of mind, spirit and body. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS The islands of Seychelles are dotted with sites of great natural beauty and interest. Victoria, the capital of Mahé Island, is one of the tiniest capitals in the world and boasts a bustling local market, two cathedrals, an Indian temple, Botanical Gardens and two interesting museums: the Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of History housed in the national library which provide an excellent

Visit La Digue,where time stands still and bicycles and the ox-cart hold sway on the pathways to dream beaches such as Anse Source D’Argent.

On Praslin, enjoy a stroll in the Vallée de Mai where the legendary Coco-de-mer nut grows high on ancient palms.

Tours south of Mahé usually include the Cap Lazare craft village, the stunning beaches at Intendance or Anse Soleil, plus the studios and house of the renowned British artist, Michael Adams at Anse aux Poules Bleues, or the studio of sculptor Tom Bowers at Santa Maria.

There are many other more remote islands to explore, so be sure to make time for island hopping either by boat, helicopter or plane.

Tours of the east coast of Mahé, take in the splendid Jardin du Roi fruit and spice gardens, the photogenic Fairyland beach at Anse Royale, as well as the Craft Village and Plantation House at Le Cap.



Seychelles natural beauty can be discovered at any number of scenic viewing spots throughout the islands, where the mountain roads offer excellent panoramas of the sapphire ocean and virgin forests. Major tour operators offer excursions on full day or halfday basis and will include a Creole barbecue lunch. Prices and schedules are available from individual tour companies.

Accommodation on the Islands range from the more opulent amenities of world-famous 5-star resorts to the picturesque charm of affordable, smaller hotels, Creole guest houses and self-catering units - making a Seychelles holiday accessible in terms of budget, authentic in terms of the diversity of experiences it offers... and the adventure of a lifetime.

Bus trips with guides include a trip to the capital of Victoria, including the colourful market, souvenir stalls and the Botanical Gardens at Mont Fleuri. Excursions usually include the viewpoint at Mission Lodge at Sans Soucis, high in the mountains above Victoria offering breathtaking views of the island and a lodge where the Queen of England once sat and sipped tea. The Tea Plantation itself is at Morne Blanc, a few kilometres further along the mountain road, and visitors can taste the assortment of flavoured teas produced at the small tea factory on site at the Tea Tavern.

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A trip to the beach at Port Launay for swimming and snorkelling is also included in some excursions.

As an alternative to land-based accommodation, charter a yacht and take a leisurely cruise around the islands. The Seychelles Secrets portfolio of hotels illustrates perfectly Seychelles’ particular brand of tourism with a range of accommodation that proposes island-style living at its best in establishments that have been especially vetted to provide an enticing blend of excellent facilities and value for money, offering true Creole hospitality in picturesque surrounds that are characteristic of the islands’ legendary natural beauty.

CULTURE The Creole Language is spoken by everyone and is an adaptation of 17th Century French, African languages and Malagasises. It has been elevated to national language status, earning the same respect that English and French receive and today Creole is a written language as well as spoken. Such freedom has resulted in an outburst of creativity in plays, poetry and prose. The Creole culture is today a major attraction for worldwide visitors who want to experience a unique way of life. Creole architecture is another important cultural aspect of the islands. The traditional designs of some of the grand old houses with their steep roofs and many openings to catch the island breezes, have been assimilated into modern architecture, ensuring comfortable living in the tropics.

Traditional music and dance such as the sega, with its tantalising hip swaying movements to the pulsating sounds of drums, fiddles or guitars is found in Seychelles, as on other islands. But the dance and music most unique to Seychelles is the moutia - a dance seen by the old colonial authorities as so sexually brazen that it was banned. After a week of hard labour on the plantations, the workers would gather under the coconut palms and dance to the sound of the moutia drums.

Other African looking instruments also make up the musical heritage of the Seychellois sound: the one stringed zez from Madagascar, the bonm and the kaskavel. All were played during the long warm starlit evenings on verandas or alongside beach fires. DINING Kreol Cuisine has its origins in the racially mixed Seychellois. From India comes many varieties of curry; from China comes popular rice dishes and stir-fried vegetables and noodles with steamed fish, and from France the aromatic blends of garlic and herbs. All these influences, mixed with a huge selection of seafood plucked out of the Indian Ocean and a variety of tropical fruits and vegetables make eating out in Seychelles a culinary delight. Local delicacies include kari zourit (a creamy octopus curry) and tec tec soup (a small white shellfish collected from the beaches and made into a soup usually with pumpkin). Local cuisine is on offer at several charming restaurants, often in romantic settings which feature Creole culinary traditions and popular international specialities. Most hotels offer a fine combination of international and Creole dishes on their menu. Be sure to frequent some of the many restaurants that specialise in Creole dishes on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, where you can dine tête à tête with your feet in the sand on uncrowded beaches.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS Diary dates not to be missed by locals and visitors alike include the annual Kreol Festival in October, a vibrant celebration of traditional culture music, dance, arts, crafts, cuisine, customs and the general way of island life. The annual Carnaval International de Victoria, due to be held in February 2016.

A fascinating week full of the colours, sounds, flavours and fragrances of a corner of the Creole world that treasures its traditions while embracing the opportunities of the present. WEDDINGS AND HONEYMOONS Seychelles has long been dubbed ‘the islands of love’. Home to the unique Vallée de Mai purported by many to be the site of the original Garden of Eden, it is little wonder that lovers are inspired to take their vows and wed in this gentle and romantic atmosphere. Marriage and/or honeymoon packages are offered by several leading travel agencies ensuring that your wedding day or honeymoon can be as blissfully romantic and unique as you in your wildest dreams can conjure, and that the memories of those special days will become forever emblazoned in your hearts.

For more information visit Seychelles Tourism website on www.seychelles.com

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Explore the countries of the east3ROUTE with a 2-3 week tour, starting at King Shaka Airport and travelling to the Zulu Heritage Route, the Elephant Coast, Swaziland, the Panorama Route, the Kruger National Park, Maputo and along the Mozambique coast. The tour focuses on history, local culture, wildlife, scenic and beach experiences offered in KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, Mpumalanga and Mozambique.

DAY 1 08h30 Depart King Shaka International Airport

09h00 King Shaka’s memorial at Stanger (KwaDukuza) 09h30 Travel to Eshowe pass the Ultimatum tree/ Fort Tenedos/ Fort Pearson, Battle of Gingindlovu Site, Battle of Inyenzane Site 10h00 Eshowe, Fort Nonqai – Tea 11h00 Dlinza Forest Board Walk: 11h30 Travel to Shakaland to via the Nkwalini Valley; 12h00 Shakaland Cultural Zulu village programme incl. Lunch

DAY 2 08h30 - Depart to St Lucia 10h30 - Visit the Siyabonga Craft Centre 11h30 - Boat drive on lake St Lucia 12h30 - Game drive along Eastern shores to Cape Vidal on main road 13h00 - Check in at Cape Vidal resort, Lunch 14h00 - Afternoon beach activities at Cape Vidal 19h00 - Supper 20h00 - Turtle drive (When in season Nov- March)



08h00 Travel through to Imfolozi section of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Game viewing.

08h00 Travel via Memorial Gate to uMkuze Game Reserve. On route visit Dumazulu,

09h00 Visit the Game Capture Centre 14h00 Travel to eMakhosini Ophathe Heritage Park. 15h00 eMakhosini Valley: Umgungundlovu: Capital of King Dingane/ Multi media centre. Visit graves of Zulu Kings/ Interpretive displays and cultural sites while game viewing within the eMakhosini Ophathe Heritage Park 16h00 Battle of Ulundi memorial/ Ondini: KwaZulu Cultural Museum 17h00 Travel to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park via Cengeni Gate 18h00 Overnight at Mpila camp 19h00 Supper 20h00 Night Drive 48 | Explore e3R

10h00 Game drive 12h00 Travel to Sodwana Bay 13h00 Lunch at Sodwana Bay resort

10h30 Check in at Hilltop Camp 11h00 Game drive 13h00 Lunch 15h00 Game drive

14h00 Diving, snorkel, beach experience

18h30 Supper

18h30 Supper

19h30 Night drive

20h00 Turtle tour (in season)



08h00 Travel to Kosi Bay

08h00 - Depart and drive to Mlilwane.

09h00 Kosi bay boat ride, view the fish kraals.

08h30 - Excursion at Mlilwane Wildlife Life Sanctuary 12h00 - Depart from Mlilwane travel to Gone rural

10:00 Tea at Kosi bay, uThswayelo Camp

12h30 - Tour of Gone Rural/House on Fire. 13h00 - Lunch at Malandela’s Restaurant. 14h00 - Depart from Malandela’s and travel to Ngwenya glass 14h30 - Tour of Ngwenya Glass. 16h00 - Depart from Ngwenya Glass and travel to Jeppes Reef border post 18h00 - Matsamo Cultural Village Tour and overnight 11:00 Travel to Tembe Elephant Park 11:30 Game drive in Tembe Elephant Park 13h00 Lunch at Tembe Elephant park

DAY 8 08H00 - Breakfast at Matsamo depart through Jeppes Reef to Mpumalanga

14h00 Drive to Jozini Lake 15h00 Book in at Jozini 16h00 Boat drive on Jozini Lake 19h00 Supper

DAY 6 08h00 Depart to Swaziland 10h00 Tea at Nisela Safaris 10h30 Depart to Ezulwini Valley

09H00 - Tour of the Mpumalanga Panorama Route. Visits to the Blyde River Gorge , Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck , God’s Window 13h00 - Lunch at Pilgrims Rest.

12h00 Check in hotels

14H00 - Drive to the Shangaan Cultural Village, Marula Market tour

13h00 Lunch

17H00 - Overnight near Paul Kruger Gate

16h00 - Drive towards Kruger National Park

DAY 9 08H00 Breakfast 09H00 Game drive to Skukuza 13h00 Lunch at Skukuza 14h00 Tour to King Sobhuza II Memorial Park

14H00 Game drive to Crocodile bridge

19h00 Supper

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DAY 13 DAY 10

08h00 - Depart Xai-Xai to Tofo 08h00 - Depart for Mozambique through Komatiepoort

11h00 - Check in at Tofo resort

11h00 - Arrive at Maputo, check in at hotels

11h30 - Beach experience, diving, snorkelling, fishing

12h30 - Lunch at hotel

13h00 - Lunch

14h00 City tour: workers‘ square (railways), Central market, iron House, and Cathedral building, Museum of Natural history, St. Anthony Church of Polana and handicraft. A visit to the monument and centre of Interpretation (interpretation centre and library in honour of the victims of Apartheid) of Matola.

14h00 - Beach experience

19h00 - Supper

08h00 - Tofo beach

18h00 - Supper

DAY 14

21h00 - Maputo nightlife

DAY 11 08h00 - Depart Maputo to Inhaca Island by boat

11h30 - Beach experience, diving, snorkelling, fishing 13h00 - Lunch 14h00 - Beach experience 18h00 - Supper

09h00 - Island Experience 12h30 - Lunch

Day 15

13h00 - Return to Maputo 14h00 - Depart Maputo to Bilene resort 16h00 - Beach experience at Bilene 18h00 - Supper

DAY 12 09h00 - Depart Bilene to Xai-Xai 11h00 - Check in at Xai-Xai resort 11h30 - Beach experience

08h00 - Breakfast and Check out

13h00 - Lunch

09h00 - Return to destinations

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SOUTH AFRICA KWAZULU-NATAL / MPUMALANGA Banking Hours: Weekdays 09h00 - 15h30; Saturdays 08h00 - 11h30. All major credit cards and travellers cheques are honoured. Currency: The currency in South Africa is the Rand. There are 100 cents in R1.00 Dialling Code: For international calls into South Africa dial +27 Electricity: Electric current is supplied at 220 volts AC 50Hz and 15 amp round-pin wall sockets are used. Local Time: GMT +2 hours. Visas: NOTE: Requirements for entry into South Africa differ from country to country, and are subject to change. Always make enquiries before travelling to South Africa. Check on the website: www.dha.gov.za. Health: Cholera: Health authorities have assured tourists to KwaZulu Natal that the risk of contracting cholera is so remote as to be negligible. Precautions should be taken however when visiting extremely remote areas where people rely on river and dam water for drinking; all water in these areas must be boiled. The main tourist areas are NOT affected. Malaria is endemic in certain areas and it is advisable to take precautions, especially in the hot summer months. Consult a doctor or pharmacist. Tipping: Service charges are not normally levied as a percentage on bills, but 10% is a useful guide. Weather: The area experiences hot summers and mild dry winters. The province is a summer rainfall area. Value Added Tax - V.A.T: 14% tax is charged on most purchased goods and services. Foreign tourists are able to claim this money back on departure from the country. Contact details for Tourism KwaZulu-Natal +27 31 366 7500 / www.zulu.org.za

SWAZILAND Banking: Banks are open Weekdays 08h30 - 14h00. Some branches open 08h30 - 11h00 on Saturday. All major credit cards and travellers cheques are honoured.

Electricity: Electric current is supplied at 220 volts AC 50Hz and 15 amp round-pin wall sockets are used.

Health: All travellers entering Mozambique who previously visited a country where yellow fever is present must present a valid certification of vaccination against yellow fever. Malaria is endemic in all areas and it is advisable to take precautions, especially in the hot summer months. Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended. Consult a doctor or pharmacist.

Local Time: Swaziland is at GMT +2 hours.

Languages: Portuguese, Changane, English

Passports and Visas: All visitors require valid passports, only some nationalities require visas. For more info contact the Chief Immigration Officer, P.O.BOX 372, Mbabane. Tel: (+268) 2404-2941/2.

Climate: Tropical - Winter 15˚C to 25˚C; Sumer 20˚C to 35˚C

Currency: Emalangeni and cents is of equal value to the South African rand and cents. Both currencies are in circulation. Dialling Code: + 268

Health: Vaccination against Yellow Fever is required, if arriving within 6 days from or via an infected area. Languages: Siswati and English - official languages. Tipping: Service charges are not normally levied as a percentage on bills, but 10% is a useful guide. Airport Tax: On departure from Matsapha Airport, Manzini, all passengers must pay an airport tax. Contact Swaziland Tourism Authority +268 2404 9693 www.thekingdomofswaziland.com

MOZAMBIQUE Banking: Banks are open Weekdays 08h00 - 15h00; Saturdays 08h00 - 11h00. Master Cards/Access and Visa cards are widely accepted, American Express and Diners Club to a lesser extent. Currency: Meticals, South African Rands and US Dollars is accepted in major hotels and restaurants. Dialling Code: + 258 Electricity: Electricity in Mozambique is 220 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Mozambique with a device that does not accept 220 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. 2 and 3 prong. Local Time: 2 hours ahead of GMT.

Contact details for Mozambique Tourism +258 21 307 320 www.inatur.org.mz

SEYCHELLES Banking: Banks are open Weekdays 08h00 - 14h00; Saturdays 08h00 - 11h00. Master Cards/Access and Visa cards are widely accepted, American Express and Diners Club to a lesser extent. Currency: Seychelles Rupees (SR) made up of 100 cents. All major currencies are accepted. Dialling Code: + 248 Electricity: Electric current is supplied at 220- 240volts AC 50Hz and 13amp square three-pin wall sockets are used. Local Time: GMT +4 hours. Visa’s: No visa requirements to enter Seychelles. You need to provide a valid passport, return or onward ticket, proof of accommodation and sufficient funds for your stay. Health: A valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is required if you have passed through an infected area in the preceding 6 days of your visit. There is NO risk of contracting Yellow Fever or Malaria while in the Seychelles. Languages: English, French and Creole Contact details for Seychelles Tourism Board: +248 4 671300 Email: info@seychellestravel www.seychellestravel

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TRADE & INVESTMENT CONTACTS Developing and emerging economies have become the preferred markets for investors worldwide and in this regard, Africa in particular has become a much sort after destination. The four countries of the east3 Route namely South Africa KZN, Swaziland, Mozambique and Seychelles offer a wealth of trade and investment opportunities. For more information and details contact the agencies listed below.

Swaziland Investment Promotion Authority (SIPA)

1st floor Mbabane Office Park Mhlambanyatsi Road, Mbabane PO Box 4194, Mbabane Tel: (+268) 2404 0470/2/3/4 Fax: (+268) 2404 3374 Operations – enquiries@sipa.org.sz Administration - info@sipa.org.sz Website: www.sipa.org.sz

The Swaziland Investment Promotion Authority is the gateway for investing in the Kingdom of Swaziland. It provides guidance to doing business in the country through its multifaceted functions which include: • The attraction, encouragement and promotion of local and foreign investment in the country • Identification and dissemination of investment and trade opportunities • Provision of investor facilitation and aftercare services. • Research and Policy analysis • Facilitation of company registrations and business licenses / permits • Provision of a one stop service facility for investors regarding Investment and Trade information

Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) Trade & Investment House 1 Arundel Close Kingsmead Office Park Kingsmead Boulevard Stalwart Simelane Street, Durban 4001 P O Box 4245, Durban 4000 Tel: + 27 (0) 31 368 9600 Fax: + 27 (0) 31 368 5888 Email: info@tikzn.co.za

Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal is a South African trade and inward investment promotion agency, established to promote the province of KwaZulu-Natal as an investment destination and to facilitate trade by assisting local companies to access international markets. Our Assistance to Investors • Assistance with incentive and export marketing incentives; • Assisting foreign investors with business permit applications; • Provision of reliable information to investors; • Assisting investors to locate suitable premises; • Assisting investors to access project and operational finance.

Mozambique – the land of opportunities Rua da Imprensa 332 R/C Maputo Postal 4635, Maputo, Mozambique Tel: +258 21 313310 Fax: +258 21313325 Email: cbelo@cpi.co.mz Website: www.cpi.co.mz

PO Box 1167 Victoria Mahe – Seychelles 2nd Floor Caravelle House Manglier St Seychelles Tel: Fax: (+248) 4295 500 Email: info@sib.gov.sc Website: www.sib.gov.sc / www.excitingseychelles.sc 52 | Explore e3R

CPI Mozambique will assist with:• Institutional assistance to investors in the approval and implementation of investment projects. • Ensuring that investors get access to fiscal incentives provided by law for the establishment of their projects. • Promotion of business linkages between domestic and foreign companies, SMEs and large enterprises. • Identification of potential financial partners and/or technology for the establishment of joint ventures. • Identification and dissemination of investment opportunities. • Promotion of business development assistance programs, particularly for domestic investor. • Institutional assistance in the acquisition of business licenses. • Capacity building programs for local suppliers. • Monitoring and follow up of the implementation of projects and the identification of contraints.

SEYCHELLES INVESTMENT BOARD (SIB) is committed to offering first class services to promote, attract and retain investment; and to work in close collaboration with key stakeholders to stimulate, identify and facilitate investment. Why choose Seychelles • A stable political environment and favourable time zone of +4 GMT • Government policies supporting both domestic and foreign investment • Ideal location for trading and manufacturing • Skilled labour force fluent in English, French and Creole • 96% adult literacy rate and a life expectancy of 77 years old • Sea and air connectivity from all over the world • Work permit easily available and no visa is required • High environmental standards • Excellent communications network with the connectivity of fibre optic cable and superb IT infrastructure • Favourable tax regimes for investment in the Tourism, Agriculture, Energy and Fisheries sectors and a World class financial centre with no foreign exchange restrictions • Multi-racial population • Located outside the cyclone belt.

AN ELEGANT 5-STAR RESORT IN THE EZULWINI VALLEY, SWAZILAND 14 luxurious villas overlooking the Royal Mdzimba Mountains

Excellent Wine Cellar - Pool Bar with Jaccuzi Conference, Wedding & Entertainment Centre - Whiskey & Cigar Lounge The Royal Villas caters for both the casual and business travelers. The gold and browns of the African savannah are echoed throughout this delightful resort. The villas are fully equipped with well appointed lounge areas, wireless internet, dining rooms and beautiful gardens. The resort hosts 14 villas with a total of 56 rooms set in a beautiful estate with stunning mountain views. Enjoy a meal in The Lihawu, our exceptional Classic Fusion restaurant, a pool side cocktail in the Terrace Pool Bar or a whiskey in the Ensangweni lounge.

Tel: +268 2416 2042 | Fax: +268 2416 2072 | Email: reservations@royalvillas.co.sz www.royalvillas.co.sz