Would You Try the Malolotja Canopy Tour in Swaziland?
View on the way to Malolotja Canopy Tour
Malolotja Canopy Tour is Swaziland’s first and currently only canopy tour. It’s also the most incredible one I’ve ever done.
Wildlife seen in Malolotja Nature Reserve on the way to the canopy tour.
Situated deep in the Malolotja Nature Reserve in northern Swaziland, it begins with an ~30 minute open game drive where zebra, impalas and eland sightings are common.
The canopy tour is situated in a gorge where 11 elevated forest platforms wait you. The first two are slow and short to give you the hang of what you’re about to do. The rest are more intense, ranging from fast to high to a shaky (but secure) suspension bridge over the Majolomba River.
Regardless of the intensity all the slides have one thing in common – dramatic scenery! Steep rock formations and cliff faces are seen from every slide.
One of my favorites was named Baboon Rock for the baboons that frequently use it as their sunning spot. They didn’t make an appearance the day I was there, but they do have good taste. “Their” rock offered stunning views over the gorge.
It was the combination of the views, adrenaline pumping slides and attention to safety (our guides were awesome) that made Malolotja Canopy Tour my favorite to-date. Between my husband and I we have done 10 different canopy tours and we both agreed that Malolotja was our favorite.
Know Before You Go to Malolotja Canopy Tour in Swaziland
The Malolotja Canopy Tour is open 7 days a week, but requires advance reservations.
The canopy tour takes ~ 2 1/2 – 3 hours to complete.
The drive to the canopy tour is in an open air jeep. It can be chilly if you’re going first thing in the morning, so dress appropriately.
The cost is Rand 450/person (~45€), which includes all equipment rental, guides and a light lunch.
Malolotja Nature Reserve is located ~40 km north of Mbabane.
Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.