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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%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 96
  • Check-in: 14:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Reviews: 83 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 :- A daily Conservation Fees (Gate Entry) of ZAR70p/adult (Children U13 ZAR35 / Babies U3 Free), Valid Wild cards are accepted for free Park entry. Gate is accessible 24/7.
Motorbikes: Limited access allowed - please enquire.

Availability and pricing

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  • Twin Beehive Hut Twin Beehive Hut Sleeps 2 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 31 Individual double beehive hut with en-suite bathroom with shower. With electricity. Ceiling fan. Coffee and tea station.... see more Features:  En-suite, Shower only, Single beds
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      • Self-catering Rondavel Hut - Family Self-catering Rondavel Hut - Family Sleeps 3 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 4 Individual self-catering family cottage with en-suite bathroom with shower.1 double bed and 1 single bed. With electrici... see more Features:  Double beds, En-suite, Shower only, Single beds
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          • Double Wooden Hut Double Wooden Hut Sleeps 2 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 2 Individual double wooden hut with en-suite bathroom with shower. 1 double bed. With electricity. Ceiling fan. Coffee... see more Features:  Double beds, En-suite
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              • Family Wooden Hut Family Wooden Hut Sleeps 4 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 2 Individual family wooden hut with en-suite bathroom with shower.1 double bed and 2 single beds. With electricity. Coffee... see more Features:  Double beds, En-suite, Single beds
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                  • Self-catering Rondavel hut - double Self-catering Rondavel hut - double Sleeps 2 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 2 Individual self-catering double cottage with en-suite bathroom with shower.1 double bed. With electricity. With kitchene... see more
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                      • Self-catering Family Cottage Self-catering Family Cottage Sleeps 6 Includes: Room Only Individual self-catering family cottage with en-suite bathroom with bathtub.1 double bed and 4 single beds. With electri... see more Features:  Double beds, Bath only, En-suite, Single beds
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                          Reviews for Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

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                          Christopher Gregory
                          23 May 2019

                          Dirt roads are in appalling shape and need a lot of work, both sorting out the surfaces and cutting back all the overhanging plants, bushes, trees etc.The map is out of date and very misleading. This needs to be updated to reflect reality. Roads closed without any reference on the map.

                          Sifiso Shabangu
                          28 February 2019

                          very nice experience, would do it again anytime. its everything you would want from a nature reserve.

                          Nicolaass Oosthuysen
                          07 January 2019

                          The camp and sanctuary was very neat and tidy. The food was average. I suggest the chef be replaced or sent on a refresher course.

                          Nomboniso Jozi
                          05 September 2018

                          The walk around the game park , breakfast and dinner

                          Paul Carter
                          17 February 2018

                          Road to Mlil wane needs urgent repair!

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                          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