Mlawula Nature Reserve occupies a transitional zone extending from the lowveld up into the Lebombo Mountains.
Landscapes here range from dry savannah to rolling green valleys and dense riverine forests with mountains rising south to north along the Mozambique border.
Due to the contrasting ecological zones, wildlife is varied and includes 60 species of small and large animals such as wildebeest, kudu, impala, and tortoises as well as 350 species of birds, many insects, and an impressive array of plants.
About 54 kilometres of roads allow self-guided game drives, and due to the absence of lion or elephants, guests are free to enjoy safe hikes here on the walking trails, which range from short 1.5 kilometre hikes to full-day treks.
Fishing is also popular. Accommodation consists of a campsite, luxury en-suite tents, and a cottage. The reserve also borders Mbuluzi and Simunye Nature Reserves and the Hlane Wildlife Sanctuary.