The oldest and most visited Swazi park, Mlilwane is situated within easy reach of the popular Ezulwini and Malkerns tourism hubs. The Sanctuary is a tranquil retreat for the weary and a scenic family paradise.
Allow your senses to take in the refreshing surroundings on horseback, mountain bikes, open Land Rover tours and foot trails.
For the more adventurous, our overnight horse trails offer a fantastic outdoor riding experience on beautiful Arabian ponies, through the Sanctuary and into the mountains which afford a breathtaking panoramic view of the "Valley of Heaven" know as Ezulwini.
Open your lungs by climbing to the top of a mountain and looking out at infinity or swim in the mountain springs.
For the discerning traveller the stunning Reilly`s Rock Lodge, or Kagogo (‘granny’s place’) as it is affectionately known, is an exclusive and fascinating venue, offering a historical perspective of early Swaziland, and Mlilwane’s founding family.
24 hour access to the Sanctuary is a valuable feature for late arrivals, business travellers and those on night excursions to other nearby attractions. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Accommodation:
The Mlilwane Rest Camp is found in the southern corner of the reserve, in the midst of a well-matured rehabilitated area. Tall indigenous trees, all grown from seed, now tower over the camp overlooking an artificially created wetland system, which is home to hippopotamus, crocodile and a variety of water birds including infrequent visiting fish eagles.
The camp is unfenced, yet relatively safe as only smaller species of wildlife occur in the Sanctuary. The camp is tranquil and relaxing with a continual stream of animals such as impala, warthog and nyala – ostrich too, walking between the facilities quietly tolerant of human presence.
There is a semi-circle of 8 rustic Rest Camp huts around the central Rest camp area, all consisting of a single room with an en-suite bathroom. The first six are wooden and thatch huts and the last two are Swazi Style grass beehives.
The two villages have the look and feel of traditional Swazi homesteads with grass dome-shaped huts arranged in semi-circles, central log fires and seating areas, all semi-enclosed by traditional Swazi kraal fencing.
The huts are simple and sparsely furnished containing beds, a small table, bedside light and fan. Some are en suite with their own bathrooms attached.
More than 40 people can be accommodated in the village without bathrooms and an additional 30 in the en-suite beehive village.
Situated in the Mlilwane Rest Camp, overlooking the Mhlambanyatsi River, is the Shonalanga cottage. Self catering and suitable for a large family group with it`s own private braai area and not too far from the swimming pool.
Nyonyane Camp is a quiet, private self-catering camp on Mlilwane`s eastern boundary with Lobamba, overlooking the Mdzimba and Logogo mountains. Travelling through the Sanctuary, it is approximately 6 Km from the Rest Camp.
The tranquil camp comprises of 4 log cabins and camp patrons can enjoy visits from nyala, warthog, zebras and vervet monkeys and evenings around a communal campfire.
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Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Guest Reviews
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Thoroughly enjoyed my stay
Rating: Reviewed by Bill Jackson over a year ago
We loved the friendly and helpful staff and the wide range of activities which are available to visitors. The wild animals which wander through the camp are beautiful to watch. There are also a number of places to visit outside the reserve. We really enjoyed the stay.
Rating: Reviewed by Mariana Minty over a year ago
The infrastructure was good and staff were amazing. Friendly reception everyday. Lights were out on arrival but handled very professionally. Game viewing was excellent and the respect for animals on the property was clear by the way they felt free to roam through the camp. Hiking signs were also well marked.
Rating: Reviewed by Anisha Dayaram over a year ago
Fantastic surroundings with big animals passing by our front door. We really enjoyed the self-catering rondavel, which was spacious and comfortable with some great views to the open plains and the hills beyond. The only drawback was the not very impressive food, and that the kitchen couldn't make even a sandwich the first night when we arrived just after 8pm.
Rating: Reviewed by Jakob Riise over a year ago