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Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Malkerns, Swaziland

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79 Total Reviews
  • 82%Value For Money
  • 92%Security
  • 88%Location
  • 80%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 80%Cleanliness
  • 76%Facilities

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Incredibly located in the middle of a Game reserve, sorrounded by Zebras with an breathtaking view. Unfortunately the facilities are not in the best condition anymore and would need some renovations. Staff does what it needs to do, not more.

  • 1st Feb 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Issue at the booking. I was requested to pay at the hotel a certain value and it took ages to get this solved on site. Reserve is nice, however don't expect to see many animals. Therefore you can walk easily in the park, which is good as well. Restaurant food is poor, be careful what you order. Bath was leaking and was half full in the morning. Overall, good stay anyway. Nice breakfast in the morning.

  • 12th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Switzerland
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


A very nice play to stay in a Reserve ! The dorm is clean and the beds are great. Breakfast and diner in the garden are very nice ! Swimming pool and table tennis available too.


Nice place, friendly staff! Wifi was completely not working during my stay. At the end I found out I had to pay an extra tax fee and entrance for the park. It was not much, but they had to inform me about this when I made the booking.


Hostel located inside a nature reserve (Be aware that you also need to pay 40 Rands per person to enter this nature reserve). Typical huts, make the experience more interesting. Experience one of the many trails by foot.


Excellent place, friendster staff and Nice food.


This place is awesome. 12,000 plus acres to roam. Cheap accommodation and very welcoming staff. The dinner was made on kettle pots over a campfire. So cool. Hang by the campfire at night, then venture out in the day. Only bad thing it's not close to the airport, give yourself close to 2 hours if u take the shuttle, then 2 other collectives to Sondzela. Nice hot showers. Wifi they make you pay, bummer.

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