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“Great Wildlife” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sondzela Backpackers
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great Wildlife”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

A fantastic option for travellers on a budget to stay inside a game reserve.

Having travelled through South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia there are few options to stay on a game reserve at this price range.

Both rondavels and the private rooms in the main building are cheap comfy and clean.

Whilst you won't see big cats, the abundance of hippos, crocs, zebra, warthog and impala- the latter two all around the accommodation itself - make sondzela a must visit if you're passing through Swazi.

Food is also offered at very reasonable rates and its social, as good backpackers should be, without being over bearing.

The pool could do with a clean though!

Stayed August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this review, 10 October 2016
Thank you for a great review and thank you for your comment on the pool - this has been forwarded to management!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Kitchener, Canada
Level Contributor
63 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Fun loft dorm room
Cleaner than most hostels
Great sleep - super quiet
HUGE bathroom to spread out in when you shower

Great pool
Reasonably priced dinning room - nothing fancy
Also self catering kitchen

If you wake up early enough - the front yard will be filled with grazing Zebra's and Kudu!

FYI - You also get charged for entrance to the reserve!

  • Stayed January 2016, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this review, 10 October 2016
A great review thank you!
Yes, Sondzela Backpackers is located within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoys the security, peace and wildlife, so contribution to conservation is a prerequisite. At R40,00 pp it is very affordable and worthwhile.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We stayed in rondavels which only had a sink but no shower or toilet. Everything was great and for a backpackers quite nice actually. But why don't you simply put in a toilet and shower into these rondavels? This would certainly add a lot of value.
Otherwise there is a braai area, bar, lounge, kitchen, lots of large trees, a pool, large garden and all in all in a very beautiful setting. Would stay there any time!

  • Stayed March 2016, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Johannes H
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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this review, 10 October 2016
Thank you for your review. Great news - we are busy upgrading some of our rondavels to be en-suite with a hot shower and toilet. Originally we chose not to go en-suite due to the competition with the Rest Camp, so we have now decided to give the option and adjust the rates accordingly.
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Very nice situated hostel, right in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Simply equiped rondavel houses. Clean showers and toillets. Kind and helpful staff. Excelent breakfast at the camp fire. Family with 3 children 10-14.

  • Stayed August 2016, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Tomáš N
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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this review, 15 September 2016
A great reviews, thank you!
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Stayed here with a School group, camping on the lawns overlooking the hills of the wildlife Sanctuary. We shared the lawn with Warthogs and Peacocks. Nice clean kitchen and freindly staff to help out with cooking and washing.

  • Stayed August 2016, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank antondotreks
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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this review, 15 September 2016
Thank you for reviewing Sondzela so favourably!
Just a little point - we don't have peacocks, it isa wildlife sanctuary...I'm sure it was guineafowl that shared the lawn with you ;o)
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Property: Sondzela Backpackers
Address: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland
Region: Swaziland > Manzini District > Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Price range (per night): R209 - R681
Number of rooms: 25
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