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Lidwala Backpacker Lodge

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  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

Lidwala is widely regarded as Swaziland's best Backpackers Lodge. Beautifully located on the slopes of Sheba's Breast mountain, and with a stunning view over the Ezulwini Valley and Mdzimba hills, it is nestled among large boulders (hence its name), indigenous trees and a flowing stream. Lidwala is creatively designed with spacious verandas and offers a degree of exclusivity at budget rates.

The lodge is very conveniently located, being on the main Ezulwini road (mango-zeni combi stop) and within walking distance of most of Ezulwini's main facilities and attractions, including craft markets, the Gables shopping centre, hotels and restaurants. A shuttle service is available to and from Manzini Airport upon special arrangement, and there is safe parking available for self-drive guests. There are also shuttle services available from major cities outside of Swaziland.

The lodge offers a combination of dorms, en-suite twin and double rooms, safari tents with wooden decks and space in the grounds for camping. Dorm rooms and tents area available for R142.50pp/night; en-suite twin/double rooms are available from R372.50 per room/night; a twin safari tent is available for R317.50 per room/night; and camping is available for R80pp/night.

Free tea and coffee facilities are available for our guests, and we offer the option of breakfast and delicious home-cooked meals for dinner. Each Wednesday, you have the chance to taste traditional Swazi food, occasionally with live music provided by local bands.

We also offer a DSTV lounge, equipped with board games and book exchange, and there is a large veranda which includes a well-stocked fridge for the purchase of soft drinks as well as a range of beers and ciders. The lodge is surrounded by stunning spacious gardens with a communal braai and campfire area, as well as an outdoor swimming pool and hot-tub. Whether relaxing with a book in a rocking chair on the deck or exploring the surrounding area, Lidwala Backpacker Lodge is a beautiful base in Swaziland's 'Valley of Heaven'.

Lidwala has an information centre which offers a vast range of activities. Book here for All Out Africa tours and expeditions around Swaziland, or to Kruger Park and Mozambique. Experience true Swazi culture by going to a traditional Swazi dance, participate in a cultural ceremony (such as the annual Reed Dance), visit the craft market or explore the real Swaziland by quad bike. If a taste of adventure calls, we can help you to arrange white water rafting, adventure caving, horse riding or game viewing, among other exciting trips. You also have the chance to get involved in some of the conservation and community projects run by All Out Africa, and you are likely to meet and mingle with some of the international volunteers staying here. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.1

  • Security 9.2

  • Location 8.9

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 9.4

  • Cleanliness 9.2

  • Facilities 9.2


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    01 Apr 2019
    Stayed here for a week and had an amazing experience with the friendliest staff and a great cohort of travelers!
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    13 Feb 2019
    Only stayed here a short time but loved it. Swaziland is incredibly beautiful and this hostel is tucked back in nature amongst all the mountains. The walking cultural tour was awesome, very great way to learn about the country and mix with the locals, try local home brew and food. The staff were really personable and helpful and we had a great time joking with them as well. They have a nice hang out area by the bar and a separate quiet tv room for those looking to relax elsewhere. Great place!
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7

    Superb

    03 Feb 2019
    100% would recommend and stay again on my next trip to Swaziland.
    India, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7

    Superb

    11 Nov 2018
    Really enjoyed my stay here. I lived in SD for 3 months before and was coming back to visit. Stayed at this place. While it is not in the city center of Mbabane or Manzini, it's is a about a 20-30 mins taxi ride from either. It is really close to Ezulwini, Malkerns and the craft market which are all popular with tourist. Staff was great, very friendly and helpful. Place was pretty clean and had a pool. Atmosphere was chill. No free breakfast, but you could purchase breakfast for R50.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4

    Superb

    23 Nov 2018
    There are lots of volunteer living.Some arrived on saturday lived the kicthen totally mess.We was piss off of that. Opa...mince on the kitchen...need to be vacinated lol. Wonderful place...i will back surely!!
    Mozambique, Female, 41+
  • 9.4

    Superb

    03 Nov 2018
    Superb Place to stay for backpackers but also those who seek a nice to place to stay.
    Cyprus, Male, 31-40
  • 9.4

    Superb

    25 Oct 2018
    Great place to stay a little bit difficult to find but it worths it !!! Thank you !!!
    France, Female, 31-40
  • 9.1

    Superb

    08 Nov 2018
    tip: lidwala lodge and lidwala backpacker lodge are the same place. They are inside the ROKU centre, so you don't get lost like I did. The place is beautiful, they offer (paid) typical swaziland dinner one day a week, and they have a hiking trail inside they're own premises that goes up the mountain!
    Argentina, Male, 25-30
  • 8.0

    Fabulous

    01 Dec 2018
    Very nice place. Great garden, a good amount of picknick tables and a sunny pool. Helpfull staff and nice tours on offer. Dorm room got quite hot in the night and the country has struggles with internet, so the wifi was pretty bad. But besides that our stay was great.
    Netherlands, Female, 25-30
  • 8.0

    Fabulous

    26 Nov 2018
    Staff was great, especially the Swazi guy who was super nice, and other it was easy to chat with other travelers in the common area. Nice chilled out place in a good location. Room was dark though with shoddy lockers, wifi worked in common areas but weak. Would still recommend though and would stay again.
    USA, Female, 25-30
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Parking
  • Linen Included
General
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Hot Showers
  • Hot Tub
  • Jobs Board
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
Services
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Meals Available
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
Entertainment
  • Board Games
  • Games Room

Awards

  • 2014

    1st, Country Winners Swaziland

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