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Here is Malolotja Nature Reserve. The Lonely Planet refers to it as one of "Swaziland's most enchanting and unspoilt wilderness areas" and I would have to agree. We were the only paying customers to visit the park that day and my husband said the guest register showed only one visitor the day before. We did see some locals in one of the creek bottoms harvesting what looked like reeds. Despite how idyllic it was, I couldn't help but worry that the park would run out of money at that rate.

The park offers great hiking and, if you're into four wheel driving, this is the place for you. We drove approximately an hour with our truck crawling up and down hair pin turns, and eroded dirt trails to see this view (that is NOT how we usually travel, but with a two year old in the back we had to make adjustments). When we got here the mountain just fell away into this beautiful vista. It felt like we'd reached the end of Swaziland. I think some of those mountains are actually South African. I also suppose that it is partially these mountains that allowed Swazi's to keep their country independent.

This picture was sharpened and I adjusted for color because this was taken in the afternoon when the sun was terrible for photography.

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