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Defender Trophy Eswatini & Ithala 2024

31 March - 6 April

Defender Trophy Eswatini (Swaziland) 2024

DAY ZERO: 31 March 2024 – Bulembo Country Lodge (Eswatini)

We all meet at Bulembu Country Lodge which is situated in Swaziland.
(Best way is via Barberton to the Bulembo border post)
Nestled at the foot of picturesque Mount Emlembe, the highest mountain in Swaziland, it is
surrounded by lush green hills and eucalyptus forests, perfectly complementing the natural beauty
of this region.
Camping with ablutions: Included
Lodging: Own arrangement and own cost
Classic Rooms: R 750.0 per room / Standard rooms R 650.00 per room – please contact the
manager, Makhosini Mayisela to make your reservation (own cost) lodge@bulembu.org
(These are the old mine guesthouses, and are really spacious, clean and well appointed)

Defender Trophy outreach (activity & contribution to be advised)
Bulembu’s Child Care Programme, Bulembu Christian Academy, Bulembu Clinic and Bulembu
Community Church are all central to the Community Care infrastructure, which has been designed
to reweave the social fabric that has been worn thin by the AIDS pandemic and rampant
unemployment in Swaziland. Bulembu caters for children from birth all the way through to
adulthood. Bulembu supports the ongoing care of around 350 orphaned and vulnerable children.

DAY ONE: 01 April 2024 – Milwane Wildlife Sancuary (Big Game Parks)

At the age of 21 years, Ted Reilly proposed the British Government establish a National Park
System for Eswatini, but this was declined on the grounds that Swazis could visit Kruger to the
north, or Hluhluwe to the South. Reilly refused to accept this and approached King Sobhuza ll,
who gave full support, seeing the value of national heritage.
Reilly converted his own farm, establishing Swaziland’s pioneer park Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary,
and Hlane Royal National Park soon after.
Camping with ablutions: Included

DAY TWO: 02 April 2024 – Hlane Royal National Park (Big Game Parks)

Hlane Royal National Park was proclaimed as a National Park in 1967, following Mlilwane Wildlife
Sanctuary (1961), under instruction of King Sobhuza ll. “Hlane” is the siSwati name for
Wilderness camping: No ablutions

DAY THREE: 03 April 2024 – Ithala Game Reserve (South Africa)

This spectacular reserve, tumbling from the heights of the Ngotshe Mountains a thousand meters
down into a deep valley, carved over the eons by the Phongolo River revealing the world’s oldest
rock formations makes Ithala Game Reserve a game viewers paradise.
Ithala Game Reserve is located within northern KwaZulu-Natal, and the reserve’s multitude of
habitats host a spectacular array of wildlife species.
Wilderness Camping: No ablutions

DAY FOUR: 04 April 2024 – Ithala Game Reserve

Ithala Game Reserve’s most characteristic attribute is perhaps its astonishing geological diversity.
Some of the oldest rock formations in the entire world are found at Ithala Game Reserve, dating
back 3 000 million years.
With a topographic profile varying from 400m above sea level in the north to 1 450m near
Louwsberg in the south, Ithala’s terrain extends over lowveld and densely vegetated riverine
valleys to high-lying grassland plateaus, ridges and cliff faces. The area now proclaimed as Ithala
Game Reserve has been occupied by man for thousands of years and there are many sites
littered with stone age spear and axe heads dating back some 20,000 years.
Wilderness Camping: No ablutions

DAY FIVE: 05 April 2024 – Ithala Game Reserve

The Zulu wars and the reign of Shaka saw many people seeking refuge in the caves found along
the cliffs of Ithala. Traces of this refugee occupation are still to be found. Prior to its proclamation
as a Game Reserve in 1972, the land had been in white ownership since 1884. In that year, the
Zulu King Dinizulu granted more than 1.1 million hectares of land in northern Kwazulu-Natal to
800 Boers in recognition of the fighting services of 115 volunteers. The area became known as the
“Nieuwe Republiek”

Prize giving dinner and accommodation at Ntshondwe Camp

DAY SIX: 06 April 2024

Depart by own arrangement

Event Cost: Cost per team – R 12 000.00 (2 x participants)
Additional adults:
Children 06 – 12:
Children under 06 – No charge


Park entrance fees
Chalet at Ntshondwe camp
Prize giving dinner


Catering except the prize giving dinner
Lodge accommodation at Bulembo
Border costs

*Prices subject to change without prior notice


31 March
6 April


Johan Kriek
+27 83 305 8083

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