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Lobamba Road, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Eswatini (Swaziland)
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Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swaziland's pioneer conservation area and a beautiful, secluded sanctuary situated in the Kingdom's Ezulwini Valley, 'Valley of Heavens'. Located between Mbabane and Manzini, 24hr gate access is offered to the Sanctuary enabling guests to enjoy the neighbouring tourist hubs of Ezulwini and Malkerns with their many unique attractions and craft shops. The name 'Mlilwane' ('Little Fire' in siSwati) was derived from the numerous fires started by lightening strikes on the Mlilwane Hill but now holds significance as the little fire that started a big conservation movement in Swaziland resulting in the saving of over 22 species from local extinction across the three reserves. The Sanctuary covers 4,560 hectares and comprises of a southern and northern section. The southern section's grassland plains stretch up to the striking Nyonyane Mountain with its exposed granite peak known as the 'Rock of Execution'. All of Mlilwane's accommodation, dining and activity options are concentrated in this southern section of the park, with the exception of guided trails which enter the pristine northern section.
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HoliUk wrote a review 13 Jun
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On previous trips, I have stayed in the beehive huts, and the delightful Reilly's Hilltop Lodge (also located in Mlilwane), this time I decided to try out the Rondavels. The right decision! With far reaching views, this type of accommodation is really nicely decorated (I loved the cream coloured curtains), and had a lovely soft duvet on the bed.. The kitchen was very well stocked, with cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, and all manner of pots, pans, cutlery etc. Shower, sink and toilet are also in the rondavel. It has a braai area down the steps from the stoep area. The one I stayed in (nr 3) is just a minute or two walk from the restaurant and the camp fire. When the sun sets, the colours are stunning, making for great views from the rondavels. One important aspect for me, and others who travel with an array of camera/phones etc, is that we are always looking for plugs to recharge. Plenty of plugs in the rondavel, so no scrambling around looking for the only one available in some dark corner. A nice touch for the traveler. One tip - Despite walking with a torch at night, I almost tripped over a nyala! Yep, two nyala were resting, chewing the cud. One was in deep shadow, so make sure you swing that torch around! Look out for the warthogs who all lie together next to the camp fire, keeping warm! Mlilwane is a great little place to stop over if you are passing through Eswatini, there are no 'Big 5' but plenty of crocs, different varieties of antelope, zebra, wildebeest, warthogs, loads of birds, and a special mention must go to the wonderful Roan antelope. It's an ideal place for families, and a super introduction to wildlife for youngsters. Hiking, walking, cycling and horse riding all available. Would I recommend? Definitely!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Mnorid wrote a review May 2022
Geneva, Switzerland39 contributions12 helpful votes
Aloe house at Milwane sleeps up to 14, possibly a bit more. Great for a big group. All bedrooms are ensuite with a private patio, there is a fire place, big fully equipped kitchen and outdoor grill. No TV, so bring lots of board games and boom box/music speaker. The caretaker is very friendly and helpful. We forgot to bring the salt and she brought us some. Unfortunately it rained the whole time we were there so we did not get to do ant excursions.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: Come in a 4x4. The roads are rough especially when its raining.
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acoote205305 wrote a review Apr 2022
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Everything about this say was wonderful. Our check-in was easy and we were welcomed in a friendly manner by the ever helpful Thula. We went on a magical sunset game with the knowledgeable and heroic Caro, whose driving skills were second to none. There are animals everywhere (including zebra, monkeys, impala, nyala and warthogs in our garden. We stayed at Shalonga Cottage, which is massive, comfortable and well-equipped. The restaurant was lovely and staff throughout the reserve were friendly and polite. Lots of hiking trails, bike hire and possibility to explore of horseback. This was a simply wonderful stay. Thanks to all at Mlilwane.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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hornfamily1 wrote a review Apr 2022
Cape Town, South Africa1 contribution
Wonderful horse riding with fabulous horses and superb breakfasts and lunches in the bush. Lovely views and excellent guides. the view in the dining room of the river with fish eagles and other birdlife was great!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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José M wrote a review Apr 2022
Maputo, Mozambique1 contribution
Beautiful place. Friendly and helpful people, good food and a comfortable room. Incomprehensibly, they charge very much for internet, which works poorly and in an extremely limited way. It was difficult to understand how it could work so badly. Overall, we loved the experience.
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lnortj312660 wrote a review Apr 2022
Benoni, South Africa1 contribution1 helpful vote
Did not have a wide variety on menu short of certain drinks and food. Basic things like mushrooms avo tomato juice. Did not seem to bother the staff. Accommodation good service average not much activities. Dinning room very plain.
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fionatD1249NJ wrote a review Apr 2022
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Myself and a group of friends visited Mlilwane as part of a horse riding holiday. I cannot find the words to describe how special this place is, and what a wonderful experience we had. The hospitality, the care, the attention to detail, friendly staff, very comfortable accommodation, food etc were fantastic but it was the whole experience that they put together for us that made it truly a holiday of a lifetime. We are experienced riders so wanted great horses with challenging riding. We got this and more! Starlight dinners, lunch by an amazing river, breakfast at the top of a hill, beautiful scenery, amazing wildlife and mountains. Mlilwane, you have exceeded every expectation and we will be back for sure! Thank you for making this such a special holiday.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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natt442 wrote a review Feb 2022
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We are regular day visitors to Mlilwane but decided to overnight this time. We were grateful that the bedrooms were ready for us and the rooms are beautiful! Staff were friendly and helpful. Only disappointment was that there was loud music being played until way after midnight that was heard from our cottage. We also did not see many zebras this time. They were missed. Was great to see the Roan Antelopes and 2 pairs of blue cranes as well as some ground hornbills. Wanted to swim but pool was green (probably due to all the rain). The meals were great and service was quick. The soup was amazing. Well done to the chefs! We love Mlilwane... will be back soon!
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Date of stay: January 2022
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bmantonides wrote a review Jan 2022
Leiden, The Netherlands1 contribution
despite the fact that it was a very rainy day and we were the only guests in the rest camp, it was clear that this is a beautiful place. The pool is big and clean, the family huts definitely big enough. Dinner and breakfast were very well cooked. The lay out of the camp is lovely.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Julie H wrote a review Nov 2021
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Beautiful, vast national park/sanctuary with multiple walking/biking/horse riding options for exploring. We spent 1 night in a spacious cottage fitted with a small tea kitchen but only ate in the restaurant, which was great value for money.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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PRICE RANGE
US$53 - US$66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Eswatini (Swaziland)Manzini DistrictMlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Which popular attractions are close to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary?
Nearby attractions include Swazi Candles (4.3 km), Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (1.2 km), and Mantenga Nature Reserve (5.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary?
Conveniently located restaurants include Malandela's Lifestyle, Hippo Haunt Restaurant & Bar, and Sheba's Rock Spur.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Swazi Cultural Village (11.8 km) and Swaziland Islamic Centre (10.6 km).
Does Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.