Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
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Property Description

ONLY VISA or MASTERCARD ACCEPTED - all bookings made via other credit cards cannot be honored by the property and therefore will be cancelled

A safe and peaceful base to explore Swaziland, Sondzela Backpackers boasts a wide range of exciting activities, great value accommodation options and excellent facilities all within the stunning Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary: an Outdoor Lover's Paradise.

Available activities at Mlilwane Rest Camp include open game viewer drives, hourly/overnight horse safaris, Umphakatsi cultural village visit, stunning aquatic wildlife viewing, close encounters with plains game, self-guided hiking & mountain biking and big game day tours to Mlilwane's Sister Reserves; Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve.

Recently renovated, the excellent value accommodation options include camping, bunk beds and dorms, private Rondavels and private rooms set within a beautiful garden where warthog and Ostriches are often spotted. Facilities include a games room and Hog n Wart Bar, swimming pool, great-value home-cooked Venison dinners, communal TV lounge, kitchen & laundry area.

A FREE Sondzela Shuttle to and from the neighbouring Malandela's Restaurant and Internet Cafe and FREE entry with a Wild Card is also offered.

Please note:

Check in from 14.00
Check out before 10.00

Breakfast not included. Light cooked breakfast - cereal, toast, egg, juice, tea/coffee. Self-catering facilities available.

Payment upon arrival by cash (South African Rand) or credit card (Visa or Mastercard)
Cancellation policy: 24h advance notice

14% VAT included in Rates

EXCLUDED: Government Bed Levy ZAR7.50 per bed per night.

Conservation fee - ZAR55pp is applicable on entry to the park and is valid for the duration of your stay. Alternatively entry is FREE for Wild Card Holders.

All reservations accepted are subject to Big Game Parks reservation conditions. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 10.0

  • Security 10.0

  • Location 10.0

  • Staff 10.0

  • Atmosphere 10.0

  • Cleanliness 10.0

  • Facilities 9.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    08 Mar 2020
    Beautiful location Can take walks or just sit and enjoy the scenery Breakfast and Dinner are available Food is not fancy but is very good and a vegetarian option is available Short walk to main rest camp which has a restaurant can visit for lunch There is a bar in the evening Staff very helpful Was easier to get to than anticipated We were able to arrange a car service with our hotel in Ezulwini Valley and a ride back w the same driver
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    27 Nov 2019
    Perfect as usual
    England, Mixed Group, 31-40
  • 9.4


    05 Nov 2019
    Wonderfull stay, in a cultaral enviroment, with very friendly people.
    Netherlands, Female, 41+
  • 9.4


    18 Oct 2019
    1For luggage the have to make a plan to create the cupboard for that and if a guest arrives they should pay for the keys 100 then when they return the keys they get back they money 2 compulsory break fast like bread and butter and jam and al-bran cereal Eg cornflakes with fruit then the rest of the break fast like egg beacon and ham it is fine if is for sale 2 Price increase for the backpacker with 25/30 because the pool and compulsory breakfast 3 They mus reply emails Thanks Africa
    South Africa, Male, 31-40
  • 9.4


    23 Sep 2019
    Awesome Location and value for money! It's rare that you get to stay at a hostel within a wildlife sanctuary. On our hikes we got face to face with deer, warthogs and zebras! Kitchen facilities were great and we could catch the shuttle to the markets in the afternoon to buy food.
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3


    05 Oct 2019
    A really good place but ... avoid the food, far too expensive for the basic grub (90 rands for beans, rice and coleslaw; 65 Rands for 2 eggs, some bread and cereals) - go down to the Rest Camp instead which is excellent. Also the internet is unreliable and not worth R50 for 350Mb - you'll only have a chance to use a small % of this because the internet rarely works.
    England, Male, 41+
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    19 Nov 2019
    Sondzela should be a nice place but there was some disappointments: - staff looked often "tired" and "exhausted" by simple requests... - nothing proposed or well communicated for diner while staying only 1 night without our own food - diner was bad Thanks & Best Regards, Marc
    France, Male, 41+
  • 6.9


    03 Oct 2019
    Average at best. Fine, but definitely a bit dingy, not the most helpful staff, and unfortunately it was pretty empty while I was there. Outside outhouse wasn’t great- men’s toilets were a bit of a fly sespool
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 6.3


    23 Nov 2019
    Staff member who drives the bus/tends the bar is awesome & location is great. Two complaints: 1. I can handle my fair share of bugs & expected some given the location, but this was a whole new level. They keep all windows & doors open so by 10 PM, the place is covered w/bugs. The surfaces & floors of the kitchen & bathroom are completely covered..the toilet looked black. 2. The staff at reception was not helpful & closed/locked the area at 7, w/out any warning. And you have to pay for WiFi.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 5.7


    02 Dec 2019
    I wouldn't recommend the hostel for travellers without car. The place does not offer facilities for backpackers: the shuttle service the hostel claims to offer is once a day at 8am, but it only goes to a restaurant and Internet place that is closed at this time of the day. Staff was not friendly and helpful at all. I did not stay the full period as planned because I didn't feel welcomed and it was hard to get the information I needed.
    Germany, Female, 18-24
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  • Free Parking
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Hot Showers
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Housekeeping
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Meals Available
  • Mini-Supermarket
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Foosball
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table


  • 2019

    1st, Country Winners Swaziland

  • 2018

    1st, Country Winners Swaziland

  • 2016

    1st, Country Winners Swaziland

  • 2015

    1st, Country Winners Swaziland

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