Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
4
Biking TrailsNature & Wildlife AreasHiking Trails
About
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles201 reviews
Excellent
91
Very good
71
Average
27
Poor
9
Terrible
3

John T
Coventry, UK121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Booked here for 3 nights simply as accommodation for visiting the surrounding area. When we arrived we were bowled over by the beauty of the place and in fact didn’t leave the park at all. Our experience was further enhanced by our lovely accommodation (self catering cottage) which was superbly placed for great views. Clearly in high season this would be a busy place but out of season there were still quite a few guests enjoying the plentiful wildlife in the park. There are a series of well laid out walking trails of varying lengths and difficulties which enable you to enjoy the varied scenery as well as the wildlife. The park is “predator free” but you still need to pay attention to what’s around you as this statement doesn’t seem to include the large Nile Crocodiles which are plentiful.
Food in the restaurant was good, although there does seem to be a policy of having an expensive and lower quality buffet when busy, but a superb A La Carte menu, at half the price, when quiet!
Staff were lovely. Certainly final thanks to “Besh” one of the guides, who was always smiling, constantly made us laugh and rescued our wayward baby Terrapin! Plus to the guys who so quickly organised a change of wheel on my 4x4 as we were leaving. Overall an extremely enjoyable and good value stay.
Written 2 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Holger+Birgit
Diessen, Germany123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We stayed only one day, but that was enough to experience some of the wildlife very closely. We booked a bike tour with a guide who shows us to some spots where we could get very close to zebras - incredibly close.
But one hour was enough given the temperatures and trail which went upland down.
The bikes were excellent, you get helmets and the guides are friendly and helpful.
One thing they could do is offer helmets with mounts for action cams.

The Hippo Haunt Restaurant is nicer and offers good quality food, staff in general is very friendly and helpful.

There is also a little swimming-pool if you need to cool down after bike tour.
Written 17 October 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1 134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Lovely wildlife sanctuary with good quality dirt roads for a 2WD. No predators aside from crocodiles. Plenty of biking and hiking trails.
Written 25 July 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5 510 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This is an excellent nature reserve for hiking as the big cats are absent and wildlife is pretty much used to peaceful visitors. Mlilwane is the oldest sanctuary in the country and has been seeing visitors for decades. I encountered many different animals up close like zebra, kudu, impala, wildebeest, wildhog, hippo and different kind of monkeys. There are also many different species of birds.

I was surprised by the excellent state of the trails in the park (well marked and good to walk). I followed the hippo trail through the forest along the dam and continued to Execution Rock (1150m) by the summit trail. It took me 4 hours up and down (same route) from the office at the entrance of the park. I made the mistake of doing this tour too late (started at 9:30AM). Ideally start at sunrise, as during the day it can get very hot. In my case 36 Celsius / 40 real feel.

To get to the park with public transport can be problematic. There are frequent minibuses on the highway through the Ezulwini valley. They will drop you off at the turn-off to Mlilwane from where it is another 3.5 km to the park entrance. Transport is less frequent here. I ended up walking up and down.

Entrance fee 75 R (no discounts for seniors or students).
Written 13 February 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dr. S Ndlalane
Pretoria, South Africa13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
Very refreshing and very close to nature. The rooms are clean.
The place is not modernized too much so that one can feel that they are indeed in a wildlife sanctuary. It is a safe space as there isn't any of the big five animals in this park
Written 8 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Colin S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Small but located on the main road which provides easy access for even the shortest stay. I loved the sightings as the animals are so used to vehicles.
Written 29 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore12 841 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
There is no predators or cats here. Only the usual animals such as wildebeest, antelopes and also reptiles (crocodiles) and birds. Nonetheless, the landscape here is nice.
Written 1 June 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Iolanda Guerra e Andrade
Lisbon, Portugal3 753 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Despite being a fairly small stroll around the Mlilwane Rest camp we were still able to see a few mamals and appreciate the beauty of nature. I was quite impressed by the elegance of the impalas and the akwardness of the common warthogs.
Written 20 May 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kees O
Santiago de Compostela, Spain11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We slept in so called bee-hives, more or less original huts but today with electricity. Helas no animal of the big five, neither we did see no hippo. But crocodile yes!
Written 23 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kay L
Kaohsiung, Taiwan1 363 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
LOCATION

 

Conveniently located near the capital of Eswatini Mbabane, this wildlife reserve has abundant birdlife and a modest collection of grazers. The crocs and hippos seem to be evasive, which perhaps is sometimes a good thing. Adult ticket entrance fee is 40E. 

 

HISTORY

 

Ted Reilly in 1961 installed the countrys’ first hydropump, thus becoming the first location with electricity. His original residence has been preserved and functions now as a lodge at the top of Reilly’s Rock Hilltop.

 

ACTIVITIES

 

The reserve is small and easy to access most areas by car. There are a few roads going to the rocky hills which require 4x4, but provide no greater advantage in terms of animal sightings. We visited on a weekend day for about 3-4 hours, which gave more than enough time to navigate and circumvate the area while gawking at the warthogs, zebra, impalas, kudus and nyalas.

 

Safari tours, horseriding, swimming, biking, walking trails and other activities are available. Camp sites, Beehive huts available for accommodation. There is a curio shop at the campsite and a lovely picnic area with bbq facilities. The outdoor pool has a shallow and deep end (2m), a perfect place to splash after the heat and sun outdoors. 

 

FOOD

 

(See review on Hippo Haunt Restaurant.) Hippo Pool is a awesome place to relax amongst chirping birds and the fishes (catfish, barbell, bream) and terrapin wading near the decks.

 

SUMMARY

 

Family-friendly wildlife resort/camp with many activities for any Sunday drive or a few days with nature. 

 

 

 

Written 23 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 108
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY (2024) All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

All things to do in Ezulwini
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday HomesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire