Mlawula Nature Reserve is situated in north-eastern Swaziland. It covers approximately 16,500 hectares and is adjacent to Mbuluzi Game Reserve, Simunye Nature Reserve and Hlane Royal National Park. The Mlawula area was first proclaimed as a protected area in 1914 but was subsequently deproclaimed and subdivided into cattle ranches. The first part of Mlawula to be reproclaimed as a conservation area was donated to the in 1978 as Ndzindza Nature Reserve. Mlawula Estates were purchased soon after followed by the donation of Nyala Ranch. Mlawula has a high bird diversity and over 350 species have been recorded.