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About Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Mlilwane, Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area, is a beautiful, secluded sanctuary situated in Swaziland’s Valley of Heaven, the Ezulwini Valley, in between Mbabane and Manzini. With 24-hour access to the Sanctuary, guests are free to enjoy the neighbouring tourist hubs of Ezulwini and Malkerns, with their many unique attractions and craft shops. From the western boundary, the huge Usutu Forest provides a dramatic backdrop stretching into the distant hills Mlilwane has an outside function area Inkhundla, about 200 meters from the Hippo Haunt restaurant which is suitable for private functions, such as weddings, graduation parties and so on and is often used by members of the Royal Family. It consists of a reed and semi-tin roof, river sand floor, railway sleeper benches, a bar area and has an ablution nearby. Catering can be arranged and the rates of this can be obtained from Big Game Parks central reservations office.

There are three camps on Mlilwane affording visitors a cultural experience, a quiet family retreat as well as facilities for larger groups.

The Rest camp is found in the southern corner of the reserve in the mist of a well matured rehabilitated area, the camp is unfenced yet relatively safe as only smaller species of wildlife occur in the sanctuary. A semi-circle of wooden and beehive huts borders the central of the Rest Camp, with easy access to the reception, restaurant, internet lounge, shop and communal fireplace. To the west the camp overlooks Mhlambanyatsi river valley with its open floodplains and scattered herds of game. This view is enjoyed from the swimming pool,

Shonalanga cottage and traditional mud and thatch rondavels. Separated from the rest of the camp by 100metres is the Beehive Village complex, the Timberlog Dormitory and the informal camping ground. Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge is a small, personal.quietly colonial guest house on the sanctuary, amid botanical gardens and busy with birdlife. The lodge is offered on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Sondzela Backpackers offers budget accommodation for individual travelers alike, set in stunning gardens in the secure environment of Mlilwane.

Allow your senses to take in the refreshing surrounding on horseback, mountain bikes, open land-rover tours and foot trails and enjoy the abundant wildlife seen on the plains. The rich birdlife, including the only known protected nestling Black Eagle in Swaziland commonly known as Machobane trail, is a special part of outdoor activity on Mlilwane.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Response Time: 19 hours
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 96
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 66 Reviews


  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Swati (siSwati)
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

NOTE: Excluded from the rates are :- Daily Conservation Fees (Gate Entry) of ZAR40pp and Bed Levy of ZAR7.50pp. Valid Wild cards are accepted for free Park entry.

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                          Reviews for Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

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                          Ben Grobbelaar, South Africa
                          07 November 2015

                          It was very good to stay over in Mlilwane. The only thing not nice was the noisy group till late at night.Thank you

                          Djamila Ait Ouadda, Germany
                          20 October 2015

                          We slept 2 nights in a beehive, which we enjoyed, the rest of the camp was not that great though. It was crowded, and no way of having a nice dinner since we had to eat from the buffet with everyone else...It's fine for one night if you have nowhere else to sleep, the park is quite nice, but next time I would definetly stay somewhere else.

                          Kobus Grobler, South Africa
                          07 October 2015

                          We are regular visitors of Mlilwane and we are never dissapointed.  We stayed in one of the new Lontweni rondavels and it was very very nice.  The staff are always helpful and we want to mention Estelle, the friendly lady who cleans the rondavels. The reception staff and Sindi at reservations are also extremely helpful and friendly.  We will be back!

                          Jyotsna Rebeiro, South Africa
                          11 April 2015

                          The rooms were big and spacious, the staff were friendly and helpful, the food at the restaurant overlooking the hippo pool was fantastic,  waking up to the sounds of the deer feasting on some fresh grass outside our window was amazing, the zebra joining us for tea on our patio was even better, the thrill of the self guided walking hike through the game  reserve was unforgettable, the list is endless...This was our first visit to the royal Kingdom, and  thanks to mlilwane,  this is  not the last.

                          Wouter Vollenbroek, Netherlands
                          12 September 2014

                          Great experience in a beehive hut. The service and communication of the personel could be better (they are certainly not helpful)

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                          Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Map

                          Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is 0km from the centre of Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary , the nearest airport 122.1km (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).
                          *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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