BIG Game Parks

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Big Game Parks is a truly unique private organization, passionately build by the true dedication of phenomenal people under the leadership and extraordinary6 vision of Ted Reilly. Big Game Parks has paved the way, playing a vital national role in conservation and constantly pioneering new eco-tourism products as the leading eco-tourism destination in the Swazi Kingdom.

The title Big Game Parks is a marketing title. It has nothing to do with the importance of larger species over smaller species. All creatures – great and small – are important, as are the habitats that support them. Bemvelo and ka Msholo are names synonymous with Big Game Parks. Bemvelo simply means “the people of our natural heritage”. Msholo is the name given to Ted Reilly by the Bushveld Swazis in the 1960’s and through association, all protected areas became nationally known as ka Msholo (of Msholo).

Big Game Parks is the delegated authority on the Game Act and CITES and operates a highly effective anti-poaching unit, all directly answerable to the King’s Office.

Big Game Parks is self-sustaining without financial subsidy from Government. They subscribe the philosophy of sustainable use of natural resources – conservation rather than preservation.

The tree parks and reserves under Big Game Parks are all privately owned, but each is proclaimed and gazetted in law for perpetuity under conservation. They carry the highest levels of legal protection available in Swaziland. Their land use is therefor predetermined by law and they may not be used for purposes other than those laid down by Act, which confines their usage to Nature Conservation and related purposes.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Mlilwane is Swaziland’s oldest protected area, situated in the Ezulwini Valley (Valley of Heaven) between Mbabane and Manzini and located in the vast bushveld expanse of eastern Swaziland.

Mkhaya Game Reserve

Mkhaya lies in the tranquil heart of the lowveld in the southeast of Swaziland, a refuge to animals that are now threatened with extinction. Mkaya is all about intimate encounters with some of Africa’s icons. All travel within the reserve is solely guided, by open Land Rovers or on foot, providing superb photographic opportunities and probably the best chance to see Black Rhino in the wild in Africa today. The rhino viewing has been quoted as being “ on par with a mountain gorilla encounter in Central Africa”, by photo journalist Stephen Cunliffe in Wild Magazine.

A trip to Mkhaya is a trip into Real Africa – a soul enriching, quality experience you’ll never forget.

Hlane Royal National Park

Hlane is the Kingdom’s largest protected area. The Royal National Park is situated in the Lowveld Region and home to the largest herds of game in the Kingdom and four of Africa’s Big Five. This is a 22 000-ha park, once the regions rich hunting grounds, with specialty species being lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and a rich bird life. Hlane is managed for the species inhabiting it with both self-drive and guided game drives.

We invite you to visit and to support the Big Game Parks of Iswatini. Come and enjoy their clean and healthy environments and you will simultaneously contribute to the conservation of species and the growth of Iswatini and its people.

Fly Africa Safaris will host two safaris to the Big Game Parks in Swaziland during 2019. The dates are 3 – 9 August 2019

The cost is R 5 000 PPS and you can send an Email to or contact Andre van Vuuren on 082 935 7405 to make a booking or to get more information.

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