Bulembu, Swaziland-Africa Mission Trips

Swaziland is in crisis. HIV infection rates are estimated at over 25% and AIDS accounts for roughly 60% of the country's deaths each year.

The people of Bulembu Ministries dream of providing homes and a brighter future to 2,000 orphans.  With Mission Discovery teams working alongside them, they have begun renovating an abandoned mining town to create a self-sustaining community where these orphans will thrive. In addition to construction projects, your team will experience ministry through sports, school clubs and tutoring with Bulembu’s precious residents.

Adding to the adventure is a two-night stay at Hippo Hollow Lodge with a safari through the world-famous Kruger National Park.  In route to our days off are stops along the way to enjoy the beauty of South Africa including an unforgettable tour at Sudwala Caves then lunch at the famous Harry's Pancakes.

  • Lodging:  Teams are housed in group lodging facilities in Bulembu, Swaziland.  
  • Food:  One of the experiences of every Mission Discovery camp is the attention to providing good food!  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals are prepared for you at The Bulembu Lodge by the excellent staff.
  • Transportation:  Worksites are walking distance from your lodging as Bulembu is a small town.  From the trip start date to your departure date, ground transportation is provided by Mission Discovery.
  • Daily Work:  All work projects involve restoring the town of Bulembu.  It can involve heavy to light construction and painting.  Work sites are chosen based on your abilities and strengths. 

*Trip cost is price plus registration fee. 

Trip Dates

3/2/18 to 3/12/18
High School, Family, College Age, Adult
$1,699* /$1599 Early Bird
7/6/18 to 7/16/18
High School, Family, College Age, Adult
$1,699* /$1599 Early Bird
7/20/18 to 7/30/18
High School, Family, College Age, Adult
$1,699* /$1599 Early Bird

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December 12, 2014 by Michael Kneff
Many of the children in Bulembu are generally afraid of dogs. Dogs aren’t always considered a loveable family friend in Swaziland. They are protectors of property or they are wild strays, which leads many Swazi’s to keep their distance from “man’s best friend.” Michelle Lopshire, the principle of Bulembu Christian School, loves dogs. She has four at her house. She is sensitive to the fear many of her students have for her beloved pets.
May 7, 2013 by Maury Buchanan
Meet Tara Houston. She facilitates the sign-up process for hundreds of individuals and teams going on Mission Discovery mission trips around the world. From her experience she offers these tips for planning your next mission trip.
December 19, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
When Jessie Dunn was asked to spend 10 days in Swaziland she just wanted more details about the trip. Who knew that one table over at her McDonald's meeting with trip organizers was a stranger listening in who would confirm that this would be a good investment of her time.
December 11, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
By Maury Buchanan: Last week in my men's group a conversation was started about finishing life well. One of the men in our group had a breakthrough earlier in the week. After some time of unemployment, lots of interviews, and following dead ends in his searches for a job, he came to a conclusion. "I've determined that finishing a life that receives Jesus' 'well done my good and faithful servant,' is a daily walk of thankfulness." His face actually looked different than it did weeks before. I could tell he had a real encounter with God.
December 7, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
News from Bulembu, Swaziland: Harry and Bobby Bisher continue to serve the Lord in Bulembu, Swaziland.  January 1, 2012 marks the one-year anniversary of their work there.  Here is their latest update!  
August 3, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
With mission trips in 9 nations including 5 states in the U.S. it's not hard to find great stories of changed lives. Pictured here is Ann Buchanan, wife of Mission Discovery founder Maury Buchanan in Bulembu, Swaziland. Ann spent a week in the tiny African nation as a part of Mission Discovery's partnership with Bulembu Ministries Swaziland. Along with 38 other youth and adults, Ann worked on physical projects in the morning and spent her afternoons in the home of 6 orphans and their "Auntie".
April 18, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
I was recently reading the promotional materials for a start up church planting mission. The material said that nationals could be mobilized to do the work of the mission at just 2% of the cost of mobilizing a U.S. missionary to the same area. What that means is that for your dollar 50 people will be missionaries, not just one. I like the part of the strategy that says we want to influence many for the sake of the Gospel. The part hidden from percentage is the cost of training, managing and mobilizing more by that staff here in the U.S.
January 1, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
UPDATE BULEMBU, SWAZILAND-Mission trips impact: Bobbie Bisher's parents were missionaries in India, she was just a little girl, but the good memories of God's work lingered and she never lost her childhood passion to serve God in a foreign land. Her husband Harry, a carpenter/contractor by trade was waiting for God's call, so when he heard Maury Buchanan from Mission Discovery tell about the African town of Bulembu, Swaziland his heart leaped. Could God be calling him too?
September 10, 2010 by Stan Horrell
Travel with me to Africa and you’ll leave saying; “DREAMS DO COME TRUE!” A few years ago on my first visit Africa, I stumbled on the mountain village of Bulembu Swaziland. At the time, I marveled at the vision of men and woman who could dream a virtual ghost town into a thriving haven for children left in the wake of the AIDS epidemic prevalent throughout Swaziland.
September 3, 2010 by Maury Buchanan
Nati stood on a hill in the African village of Melanda, Swaziland addressing a Mission Discovery team after they completed a playground for the children of the community. Surrounding us were the simple mud-huts typical of this region of Africa. “This is Mission Discovery’s second year to come back to my village,” Nati said. Nati leads tours of his home village and the nearby town of Bulembu.