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Swaziland (Photo Diary)

In our support of the charity Back to Africa, we visited their Roan Project at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Stephen Fry was there with the BBC filming an episode of Last Chance to See but even he was out shone by the charismatic Roan Antelopes. We were honoured to spend time with Ted Reilly, Swaziland’s pioneer nature conservationist who provided refuge for the Kingdom’s creatures when they had nowhere else to turn.

This is the only place you may purchase beer on a Sunday in Mbabane, Swaziland.

This is the only place you may purchase beer on a Sunday in Mbabane, Swaziland.


Getting down to some serious sniffing. "I really needed this wee break from Lucie and Lachlan."

Getting down to some serious sniffing. "I really needed this wee break from Lucie and Lachlan."


Bow Wow at groovy Cathmar Cottages exploring by the aloes in Mbabane.

Bow Wow at groovy Cathmar Cottages exploring by the aloes in Mbabane.


No dogs allowed at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, not even adventure hounds sponsored by Hill's, so Bow Wow sat this one out in Mbabane, Swaziland's capital.

No dogs allowed at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, not even adventure hounds sponsored by Hill's, so Bow Wow sat this one out in Mbabane, Swaziland's capital.


"Lip smakin goood," thought the nyala "but what a messy table!". Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

"Lip smakin goood," thought the nyala "but what a messy table!".


Lucie and the naughty nyala at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

Lucie and the naughty nyala at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.


King Mswati III Ngwenyama and Her Majesty Queen Mother Ntombi Ndlovukazi are both champions of nature conservation in the Kingdom. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

King Mswati III Ngwenyama and Her Majesty Queen Mother Ntombi Ndlovukazi are both champions of nature conservation in the Kingdom.


Blesbok profile, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

Blesbok profile, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.


Charming fellows but why don't those blesbok tweeze now and then to get rid of that frightful mono brow? Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Charming fellows but why don't those blesbok tweeze now and then to get rid of that frightful mono brow?


Lachlan cycling towards a herd of wildebeest and the sun. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Lachlan cycling towards a herd of wildebeest and the sun.


Tourist displaying normal habits. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Tourist displaying normal habits.


Sunbaking hippopotamus family on Mlilwane's mirror lake. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Sunbaking hippopotamus family on Mlilwane's mirror lake.


That's Beatrice the White-Fronted Bee-Eater. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

That's Beatrice the White-Fronted Bee-Eater.


Watch out for the crocodiles, Lucie! Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Watch out for the crocodiles, Lucie!


Good morning, hippos and crocs. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Good morning, hippos and crocs.


Approaching Execution Rock. This historic rock, situated within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, is traditionally where Swaziland’s criminals were executed.

Approaching Execution Rock. This historic rock, situated within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, is traditionally where Swaziland’s criminals were executed.


Once they were marched to the top, they could choose to either jump from it’s summit with dignity or be helped along with spears. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Once they were marched to the top, they could choose to either jump from it’s summit with dignity or be helped along with spears.


Its African name is Nyonyane which means ‘little bird’  and poetically describes with horrifying beauty how these poor souls appeared as they plummeted to their deaths. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Its African name is Nyonyane which means ‘little bird’ and poetically describes with horrifying beauty how these poor souls appeared as they plummeted to their deaths.


Hands Off Our Man! You can just see the waterbuck bull's target practice rear. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Hands Off Our Man! You can just see the waterbuck bull's target practice rear.


Weaver birds feasting on oranges and gossiping at Reilly's Rock. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Weaver birds feasting on oranges and gossiping at Reilly's Rock.


Eavesdropping knock kneed klipspringer at Reilly's Rock. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Eavesdropping knock kneed klipspringer at Reilly's Rock. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.


The news of Stepehn Fry's imminent arrival spreads across the savanna. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

The news of Stepehn Fry's imminent arrival spreads across the savanna.


Bambis grazing unthreatened on the horizon. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Bambis grazing unthreatened on the horizon.

Brewed up, this wild mint makes fever bush tea. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Brewed up, this wild mint makes fever bush tea.

A nyala bull devouring an avacado whole. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

A nyala bull devouring an avacado whole.


For zebras, stripes and mohawks are always this season. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

For zebras, stripes and mohawks are always this season.


This sneaky croc is waiting for his mouth to fill with enough flies before snapping it shut. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

This sneaky croc is waiting for his mouth to fill with enough flies before snapping it shut.


Over 20,000 rusting, murderous snares, laid by poachers to trap animals, hang at the entrance of Mlilwane as a reminder of the threat to Swaziland’s wildlife.

Over 20,000 rusting, murderous snares, laid by poachers to trap animals, hang at the entrance of Mlilwane as a reminder of the threat to Swaziland’s wildlife.


Bottoms up! Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Bottoms up!


Hogs and kisses from Mlilwane.

Hogs and kisses from Mlilwane.


Hippos feeding by Mlilwane's restaurant, Hippo Haunt.

Hippos feeding by Mlilwane's restaurant, Hippo Haunt.


Watching over Mlilwane.

Watching over Mlilwane.


"I am a female, adolescent Roan Antelope. My name, Tsandziwe, means ‘Loved One’". Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

"I am a female, adolescent Roan Antelope. My name, Tsandziwe, means ‘Loved One’".


Ted Reilly and Tsandziwe searching for baby Roan Antelopes hiding in the long grass. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Ted Reilly and Tsandziwe searching for baby Roan Antelopes hiding in the long grass.


Tsandziwe shows Lachlan around her hood. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Tsandziwe shows Lachlan around her hood.


Roan Antelope 'Back to Africa'! Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Roan Antelope 'Back to Africa'!


Happier in Swaziland's shafts of sunlight than in a cage in England. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Happier in Swaziland's shafts of sunlight than in a cage in England.


Feeding bush babies sticky bananas at Reilly's Rock. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Feeding bush babies sticky bananas at Reilly's Rock.


The Vagabond Adventurers cycle past some zebra to reach Reilly's Rock. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

The Vagabond Adventurers cycle past some zebra to reach Reilly's Rock.


Breakfast at Reilly's Rock with Ted Reilly. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Breakfast at Reilly's Rock with Ted Reilly.


Bush baby bananas growing at Reilly's Rock. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Bush baby bananas growing at Reilly's Rock.



The bone growth over a snare in a baby rhino’s leg shows that this animal took many months to die in unthinkable agony. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

The bone growth over a snare in a baby rhino’s leg shows that this animal took many months to die in unthinkable agony.


Ted opened our eyes to the cruelty of poaching. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Ted opened our eyes to the cruelty of poaching.


Severed skin, flesh and tendons. This wildebeest struggled to free itself from a snare and took a long and agonising time to die. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Severed skin, flesh and tendons. This wildebeest struggled to free itself from a snare and took a long and agonising time to die.


An oribi, one of Southern Africa's most threatened species thriving at Mlilwane.

An oribi, one of Southern Africa's most threatened species thriving at Mlilwane.


Baby Roan Antelopes - new beginnings with a bright future. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Baby Roan Antelopes - new beginnings with a bright future.


Tsandziwe and Ted stop for a chat. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Tsandziwe and Ted stop for a chat.


Hello, Tsandziwe! Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Hello, Tsandziwe!


"You've had enough milk now, go and play!" Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

"You've had enough milk now, go and play!"


Can you get any cuter than a baby Roan? Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Can you get any cuter than a baby Roan?


Two quarrelsome glossy starlings. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Two quarrelsome glossy starlings.


Beatrice is not usually one to sit on the fence. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Beatrice is not usually one to sit on the fence.


Glossy Starling, Mlilwane.

Glossy Starling, Mlilwane.


Glossier Glossy Starling. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Glossier Glossy Starling.


Mlilwane Waterbuck. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.q

Mlilwane Waterbuck.


Tsandziwe and Dr Hamish Currie, the founder of Back to Africa. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Tsandziwe and Dr Hamish Currie, the founder of Back to Africa.


Tsandziwe sniffs Dr. Hamish Currie. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Tsandziwe sniffs Dr. Hamish Currie.


Tsandziwe hanging out with Lucie from The Vagabond Adventures. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Tsandziwe hanging out with Lucie from The Vagabond Adventures.


Mickey Reilly stroking Tsandziwe just the way she likes it. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Mickey Reilly stroking Tsandziwe just the way she likes it.


Friends forever. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Friends forever.


Stephen Fry and the BBC’s Last Chance to See crew assist in putting plastic tubes on a sedated male Roan Antelope’s horns at Mlilwane.

Stephen Fry and the BBC’s Last Chance to See crew assist in putting plastic tubes on a sedated male Roan Antelope’s horns at Mlilwane.


This protects precious females during mating as the males can be quite rough. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

This protects precious females during mating as the males can be quite rough.


Last Chance to See is a BBC television series documenting species on the brink of extinction. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Last Chance to See is a BBC television series documenting species on the brink of extinction.


Jobs a good'un! Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Jobs a good'un!


Breakfast round the African television a.k.a the campfire at Mkhaya, one of Mlilwane's sister parks and home to black and white rhino and a host of other endangered animals.

Breakfast round the African television a.k.a the campfire at Mkhaya, one of Mlilwane's sister parks and home to black and white rhino and a host of other endangered animals.


Crested guineafowls polish off breakfast crumbs. Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland.

Crested guineafowls polish off breakfast crumbs.


You can tell that this is a male giraffe by the hernia like protrusion on his tummy... Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland.

You can tell that this is a male giraffe by the hernia like protrusion on his tummy...


...and his slightly bald horn like protuberances known as ossicones. Females have hairier ossicones. Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland.

...and his slightly bald horn like protuberances known as ossicones. Females have hairier ossicones.


Since 1992 Swaziland has not lost a single rhino to poaching but at one stage they were losing a rhino a week. Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland.

Since 1992 Swaziland has not lost a single rhino to poaching but at one stage they were losing a rhino a week.


This elephant, a gentle giant, was murdered by poachers for his tusks. Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland.

This elephant, a gentle giant, was murdered by poachers for his tusks.


These poor rhinos were the victims of poachers. The commercial horn craze has attracted mafia-type gangsterism and sent rhino’s on a horrifying march towards extinction. Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland.

These poor rhinos were the victims of poachers. The commercial horn craze has attracted mafia-type gangsterism and sent rhino’s on a horrifying march towards extinction.


The African landscape is synonymous with Acacia trees and their thorns. Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland.

The African landscape is synonymous with Acacia trees and their thorns.


The largest species of antelope, an eland, at Mkhaya.

The largest species of antelope, an eland, at Mkhaya.


Hippos at Mkhaya. Swaziland.

Hippos at Mkhaya.


Rhino are often vulnerably trusting and allow their killers to come up close. Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland.

Rhino are often vulnerably trusting and allow their killers to come up close.


Without Ted Reilly and the loyalty of his game rangers there would be no parks or wildlife left to protect in Swaziland.

Without Ted Reilly and the loyalty of his game rangers there would be no parks or wildlife left to protect in Swaziland.


White rhino, like this one, have a wide square mouth and are grazers. Black rhino have a prehensile lip and are browsers. Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland.

White rhino, like this one, have a wide square mouth and are grazers. Black rhino have a prehensile lip and are browsers.


Magical close encounters at Mkhaya.

Magical close encounters at Mkhaya.


“We do not inherit the Earth from our forefathers, we borrow it from our children”.

“We do not inherit the Earth from our forefathers, we borrow it from our children”.


The safest place for rhino in all of Africa. Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland.

The safest place for rhino in all of Africa. Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland.


The whole gang! Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland.

The whole gang!


Last Chance to see film the capture and relocation of a Roan Antelope from Mkhaya to Mlilwane...

Last Chance to see film the capture and relocation of a Roan Antelope from Mkhaya to Mlilwane...


...while we try to not get in the way!

...while we try to not get in the way!


This lucky Roan has a bevy of beauties waiting for him at Mlilwane!

This lucky Roan has a bevy of beauties waiting for him at Mlilwane!


See you at Mlilwane! This is when Stephen Fry quipped "An antelope that can't elope"! Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

See you at Mlilwane! This is when Stephen Fry quipped "An antelope that can't elope"!


"Who does this Stephen Fry think he is? I'm the main event!" Once back at Mlilwane, Tsandziwe disrupts Last Chance to See filming. Again. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

"Who does this Stephen Fry think he is? I'm the main event!" Once back at Mlilwane, Tsandziwe disrupts Last Chance to See filming. Again.


Goodbye, Tsandziwe! We will never forget you. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland.

Goodbye, Tsandziwe! We will never forget you.

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7 Responses to “Swaziland (Photo Diary)”

  1. Russell says:

    Wow, what fantastic photographs. This is a much better viewing format as well.

    Love to all,
    R

  2. jeanette says:

    fantastic shots you take such awesome photos makes want to see it for myself love jeanniexxxx

  3. Craig says:

    You guys have worked out how to use that camera.

    Well done great photo’s.

    Keep up the good work guys.

    Stay safe

    Cobba

  4. Bethany says:

    Beautiful photographs of your journey through Swaziland.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Damian says:

    Awesome guys
    love your work!

  6. Hamish says:

    Amazing photos – I’ve never seen or heard of some of these animals!

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