Mlawula Nature Reserve
Mlawula Nature Reserve information
This low-key reserve, where the lowveld plains meet the Lubombo Mountains, boasts antelope species and a few spotted hyenas, among others, plus rewarding birdwatching. The best wildlife-spotting area is the Sisipho Valley. Keep your expectations in check, though; wildlife is more elusive than anywhere else in the country and visitor infastructures are fairly limited. The park's real highlight is its network of walking trails amid spectacular scenery. Ask for the Trails and Day Walks flier at the gate.
There are 10 self-guided walks ranging from a one-hour stroll to a full-day hike.
The turn-off for the entrance gates to the reserve is about 10km north of Simunye, from where it’s another 4km from the main road.