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Sondzela Backpackers
Certificate of Excellence
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
Thank Alex H
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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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
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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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
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Thank Johannes H
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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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
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Thank Tomáš N
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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2016

A great reviews, thank you!

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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
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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 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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Address: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland
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Region: Swaziland > Manzini District > Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
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Ranked #2 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Price Range: R212 - R305 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 25

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