Vaya Trails work with a number of rural communities in Eswatini exploring the country and sourcing hiking trails that show off the superb landscapes of country. We have connected existing footpaths and animal tracks to craft a bespoke network of trails - short or long, easy or difficult - that cater for everyone. We now have a portfolio of routes, and guides to take you, on foot, through the Kingdom’s most splendid regions.
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.
Join us on Saturday 22nd August and experience the biggest boulders ever, most incredible rock formations, exciting caves, and enchanted indigenous forest... be surrounded by the splendor of our natural environment.
Hiking Distance is 5km with a 320m gain in elevation over the first 2km.
We will wear masks during the trail briefing and will have hand sanitizer throughout the walk. It is not advisable to wear a mask whilst hiking as your oxygen intake is reduced, but there is plenty of fresh healthy air and space for you to physically distance and feel safe.
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.
The walk is up the Hholoshini side of Sibebe, which is a totally different view from the ‘regular’ Mgogodla side of granite monolith. We go through indigenous forests, open grasslands and up a bit of rock face before we reach a ‘village’ of caves created by large boulders, and with signs of early human settlement.
Hiking distance: 5km
Thank you to Taman Tours for the video
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 nothern 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 hot-spot renowned for its profusion of tree and bird species.
THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO DISCOVER IN ESWATINI AND OUR HIKING TRAILS TAKE YOU INTO THE VERY HEART OF THE LAND.
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