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Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Eswatini (Swaziland)
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Chris W wrote a review Dec 2020
Peterborough, United Kingdom218 contributions63 helpful votes
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I stayed here with a tour group. We stayed in the rondavels which were basic, however all were en-suite, with ceiling fans and very clean and comfortable. The views were fantastic and very quiet. The rondavels were in the field above the main building so it was a two minute walk to the lounge, kitchen, pool and games/bar area. A security fence around the grounds made it safe and secure, however you can walk out during the day if you wish. A short walk takes you to the main reception and camp were there is a restaurant, bar, live entertainment and small shop. You can also take one of the walks into the park from there. A minibus is provided at night. There is a kitchen if you wanted to cook your own food or write your name to have dinner cooked for you by the wonderful staff. Most of the food is cooked on an open fire/Brai and you can sit around the fire enjoying the scenery and chat. A wonderful experience, all the staff are fantastic and the food is really good and plentiful. A magical stay which will stay with me for a long time. Thank you.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Rob C wrote a review Mar 2020
New York City, New York688 contributions124 helpful votes
We spent a lovely two nights and three days at Sondzela Backpackers in Mlilwane Park. The Rondavel with high thatched ceiling and ceiling fan was spacious and comfortable, but it was the park itself that really enchanted us with wild game roaming freely over the grounds and the hiking trails, impalas, wildebeest, zebras and the ever present warthogs. Only minus was the insistence on payment in cash immediately for beverages and meals, yet they never had change available nearby.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Celine74930 wrote a review Feb 2020
Brussels, Belgium18 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed there 2 nights. People were helpful and super nice. Gertrude, Lou, « Kami » and all other collègues, thank you. The stay was great because of you and your kindness. Also, dorms are confortables, clean and bed good! There is a swimming pool and a kitchen where you can either cook or try an amazing meal cooked by the ladies. We had dinner once, it was delicious (really!!!) and typical. And, the park! Nice walks! Where Zebras, Kudu, antilopes are next to you!!! We can also see I think Croco and Hippo! We made the walk to the “Summit”, with is a 18km return +/- to the backpacker. It is nice, nice view. Just be aware that there are a lot of tiques. You can see them on the big grass. So maybe long leaves and pants are recommended or a good inspection. (We saw 2 on us before they got time to attach themselves).
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Deb B wrote a review Mar 2019
Sydney, Australia38 contributions5 helpful votes
We were part of a group of 19 who spent the night in the Rondawels and wish we had another few nights here. Sondzela was lovely especially driving through the wildlife park first - quite magical. The night staff were delightful and then the day staff just carried on with their delightful and friendly demeanour. We all recommend this place if you are fortunate to visit Swaaziland.
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Magnolia wrote a review Sep 2018
Sydney, Australia89 contributions80 helpful votes
Our first time staying in a rondavel - with high ceiling fan and ensuite. Breakfast was cereal and toast, with bacon and scrambled eggs cooked by staff on open fire. There are lots of activities to do within the national park but we chose to do our own leisurely walking tour and spotted lots of widlife - herds of zebras,springboks, impalas, hippos, crocs and turtles and different bird species. There's plenty to do without having to leave the area. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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infelicitous wrote a review Jul 2018
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Had a great time with the staff, who are friendly and caring. Struggled to get day trips sorted, but maybe needed to rather stay at the main camp. So lovely how the game came all the way up to the house. So peaceful and great for reconnecting with nature and self.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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aussiedave717 wrote a review Jun 2018
Sydney, Australia221 contributions91 helpful votes
We stayed here three nights while on a tour. The rooms were basic, spacious and had all the amenities we needed. Tea and coffee were available through the day. Breakfast and dinner were cooked by the staff on an open fire. The food was basic but tasty. Helpings were generous. There were many places to explore around the lodge. We enjoyed the homily atmosphere.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All room were good.
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MissMarlys wrote a review May 2018
Pretoria, South Africa39 contributions6 helpful votes
We arrived at Sondzela Backpackers after a 3-hour wait to cross the border - it was dark when we arrived, but the guard on duty at the Mlilwane Nature Sanctuary gate gave us excellent directions. There were signs to show us the way as well. We were only able to see how amazing the scenery was the next morning, having a cup of coffee while watching the impala grazing just on the other side of the fence. Going anywhere required a game drive, which was amazing, every time. The rooms were simple, but clean. The bed was very comfortable. The shower was incredible! Nami at reception organised our horse riding and gave us all the info we needed.
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Date of stay: April 2018
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Bmthgirl wrote a review Feb 2018
Kigali, Rwanda18 contributions11 helpful votes
I stayed here for 3 nights in January with our tour group. We stayed in the rondavels and they are comfortable and ideal. It is a beautiful location right in the middle of the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary which you are free to walk around in daylight hours as there are not any predators, which we did and also you can go out with a guide in a vehicle. The set evening meal is cooked by the local ladies and veggies are catered for and the portions are large. Gertrude on the front desk is very helpful and obliging. There is another part of the backpackers called rest camp which is walkable and has a restaurant there and evening entertainment ( we were taken by minibus there from our site in the evening) Thoroughly recommend staying here. The kingdom of Swaziland seemed a lovely country.
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Date of stay: January 2018
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Bradley B wrote a review Feb 2018
Windhoek, Namibia20 contributions9 helpful votes
Swaziland in general has a beautiful landscape with a wide variety of fauna and flora, but at Sondzela you go a step even further by being immersed in the green mountainous areas where wild animals roam peacefully and freely. Staff is very kind and helpful. There is a relaxing lounge, bar, braai area, and swimming pool. The rooms are also clean and spacious. The only downsides to Sondzela was the fact that it's a challenging task to get there without your own transport and the only shops selling groceries and food close by don't have little variety. There is an excellent restaurant close by though.
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Date of stay: December 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sondzela Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Sondzela Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Swazi Candles (3.8 km), Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (1.9 km), and Mantenga Nature Reserve (6.1 km).
Is parking available at Sondzela Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sondzela Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Malandela's Lifestyle, Hippo Haunt Restaurant & Bar, and Sheba's Rock Spur.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sondzela Backpackers?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Sondzela Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Swazi Cultural Village (11.1 km) and Swaziland Islamic Centre (11.1 km).