33 Wildlife Photos of Swaziland

In August of 2013 I had the privilege of spending 10 incredible days in the Kingdom of Swaziland exploring its pristine national parks and unique culture. I was able to take several wildlife photos of Swaziland – a country rich in flora and fauna. Swaziland is home to the Big Five: lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros, and elephant. Of all the animals, the big cats are hardest to spot since they are typically shy and sleep during the day to avoid the heat.

See our article: Swaziland’s Top Four Safari Parks

The Kingdom of Swaziland is an incredible place for first timers in Africa. Even though this would be my third time on the continent I had still not visited any locations south of Malawi. We were invited by the Swaziland Tourism Authority to explore this small country (compared to its neighbors South Africa and Mozambique). Here our 33 wildlife photos Swaziland from our journey through this extraordinary kingdom.

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For more information about what you can do in Swaziland, see our article: Top Ten Things to See and Do in Swaziland.

Lion

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A male lion resting in Hlane Royal National Park

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Zebra and Antelope

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 Antelope and Zebra our some of the most common wildlife in Africa

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Grazers may struggle to find food in the dry season

Elephant

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A lone bull elephant grazing in Hlane Royal National Park

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An elephant herd spotted in the distance

Wildebeest

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A lone wildebeest posing for the camera!

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 The extremely rare white wildebeest

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 Nyala roaming our camp grounds in Mkhaya Game Reserve

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 Antelope everywhere!

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 Lone roamer in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

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Hippo

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 Hippos and turtles basking in the morning sun in Mkhaya Game Reserve

Buffalo

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Rhino

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Mkhaya Game Reserve is home to the largest population of rhinos in Swaziland

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 Rhinos cooling off in the mud

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 Thirsty rhinos!

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 Mother and its calf strolling through the park

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 Getting some shade in the sweltering heat

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More family moments

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 More relaxation in Mkhaya Game Reserve – rhinos are pretty lazy in case you haven’t noticed!

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One of the few remaining watering holes in the dry season is a precious resource for these animals

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 Mother and calf taking a stroll together around sunset

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Giraffe

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Old lone male giraffe

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 Two babies blocking the road

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Herd of giraffe in Mbuluzi Wildlife Reserve

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 Brother and sister almost mirror images of each other

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 Sticking close to mom for safety

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 Baby giraffe trying to camouflage itself from our group

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 Two beauties in Hlane Royal National Park

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Majestic giraffes

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 Giraffe chewing on bones in Mkhaya Game Reserve (they do this for calcium)

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Special thanks to the Swaziland Tourism Board.

Also, if you wish to explore more of East Africa, uncover the charm and allure of Malawi, where captivating landscapes and rich cultures await your discovery.

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