Vaya Trails work with a number of rural communities and nature reserves in Eswatini exploring the country and sourcing hiking trails that show off the superb landscapes of the country. We have connected existing footpaths and animal tracks to craft a bespoke network of trails - short or long, easy or difficult - offering guided half day, full day or multi-day trails.
Eswatini is the second smallest country in Africa yet offers an incredible diversity of landscapes, topography, geology, micro-climates and ecological zones, ranging from mountainous highveld grasslands to lowveld African bush.
The northern highveld is dominated by the Makhonjwa Mountain Range; the oldest mountains in the world, which are part of the Barberton Greenstone Belt. A short distance to the south are the Sibebe range, home of the amazing Sibebe Rock, which is the second largest granite pluton in the world. Across central Eswatini to the east of the country is the Lubombo plateau, a biodiversity hotspot renowned for its profusion of tree and bird species.
Vaya Trails have a portfolio of routes, and guides to take you, on foot, through the most splendid regions in the Kingdom of Eswatini.
ALL OUR WALKS ARE GUIDED as they are unmarked trails and off the beaten track taking you into the heart of the natural land.
WE WILL GIVE YOU WHAT YOU WANT
Please note we do not provide transport to and from the start of the trail but this can be arranged on request.
Our trails are fully customisable and can be adjusted to meet your needs, your time and your level of fitness.
Suitable for people of all ages, including children and seniors, who are in fair condition.
Type of terrain is flat to sloping hills, with little increase in elevation.
Hiking distances range from 2km to 4km.
Hiking time is about 1 to 2 hours.
Only available Monday to Friday during lockdown.
Suitable for people of most ages who are in decent condition and have some previous hiking experience. Terrain might include rocks or obstacles with moderate increase in elevation.
Hiking distances range from 5km to 8km.
Hiking time: Allow half a day for these outings as they include either a breakfast or pack lunch, so require time for a break.
Suitable for people of most ages, who are in good condition, and have previous experience hiking longer distances. Terrain might include rocky sections, river crossings or significant elevation gain.
Hiking distances of 6km to 15km.
Hiking time: These trails tend to be a full day outing including a picnic, or multi-day trails.
Aerial view of some sections of Sibebe
being at the right place at the right time.
On the outskirts of the capital city of Eswatini, Mbabane, is one of southern Africa’s most impressive geological features; Sibebe. This immense, three-billion-year-old monolith covers 16,500ha and has one of the largest exposed granite plutons in the world. Plus many granite boulders, waterfalls and crystal pools.
Vaya Trails believe there are many ways we can help protect our environment and that sharing our scenic and cultural wonders with the communities who inhabit them, and with you, is a step in the right direction to preserving our natural heritage.
Walking with dogs in Pinevalley, Eswatini in the Eloise Tropical Storm... swimming with dogs!
Are you in lockdown? Can't go out but would like to go walking with dogs? Get on your treadmill and join us for a walk along the foothills of Mgogodla in Eswatini.
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