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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.


  • 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 :- Government Bed Levy of ZAR7.50/bed per day and the daily Conservation Fees (Gate Entry) of ZAR55p/adult (Children U13 ZAR27.50 / Babies U3 Free), Valid Wild cards are accepted for free Park entry. Gate is accessible 24/7.
Motorbikes: Limited access allowed - please enquire.

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Reviews for Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

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Paul Carter
17 February 2018

Road to Mlil wane needs urgent repair!

Doug Read
13 August 2017

The cabin was luxurious. The park was a once in a lifetime chance to walk and bike amongst zebras and antelope. The wildlife was extensive, and of course access to long sits with the hippos and crocs was unique and not to be missed.

Zinhle Maphalala
18 July 2017

My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed being out in nature, while having enough luxury to still feel as though it was a hotel. Our beehive hut was a very pleasant surprise- spacious, comfortable, beautiful. The only issue we had was being woken up by very loud music before 7a.m. If this type of loud 'party' activity could be discouraged, this place would truly make a perfect getaway!Thank you for a most wonderful stay.

Hugo Costa
27 June 2017

Very nice place to stay and visit with the family. Close and safe animal sightings. Definitely recommended.

Sejeng Madigoe
22 March 2017

Mlilwane will be my destination of choice in Swaziland. well stocked wildlife, from Crocodiles, hippos, and all the usual...It must be mentioned that apart from game viewing, there is well designed 4X4 trail, which I wish the can label "Not for the faint hearted"The Beehive hut we were in, very clean, comfortable beds and clean linen. The restaurant: I had higher expectations on their buffet dinner, only to find rice, chicken ala king, stir-fry, and pork chops..

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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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