Wildlife & Animals – Swaziland

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan has authored the Swaziland section of Lonely Planet's 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan researched and wrote about Swaziland for Lonely Planet.

Swaziland offers excellent wildlife viewing. All of the Big Five are present in the country, although not all in one park. Mkhaya offers an exclusive safari experience, and this is a great place to see the endangered black rhino, as well as the only Cape buffalo in the country. Hlane offers more low-key game drives and is open for self-drive visitors as well. This is the place to see lions, white rhino and elephant. Most of the flagship animals are kept in big drive-through enclosures and are therefore easy to spot.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoCommon
BuffaloOccasional
ZebraAbundant
WildebeestAbundant
LionRare
LeopardVery Rare
HyenaRare

Wildlife Highlights

Swaziland is a good place to see some of the more interesting antelope species. None of the parks have free-roaming lions, and threatened species are protected in special fenced-in sanctuaries. The elusive sable antelope is breeding successfully in Mkhaya. Other majestic species you can easily find here are roan, Livingstone's eland and tsessebe.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Swaziland offers wildlife viewing throughout the year. Many of the flagship species are kept in large enclosures which makes viewing them almost guaranteed. However, the dry months of June to September are the best to see some of the smaller creatures, as at that time the bush is thinner. August to September is a recommended time for a visit as temperatures are higher than in mid-winter and the animals are concentrated around water sources, making for excellent wildlife watching.

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