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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."

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Sondzela Backpackers

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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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 8.7

  • Security 9.0

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 8.5

  • Atmosphere 8.3

  • Cleanliness 8.2

  • Facilities 7.9

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    17 Sep 2019
    How can you beat staying within a national park? It’s a great getaway spot if you are enjoying Swazi! Only thing to be mindful of is the mosquitos - we got hit pretty hard in our big room. Pool wasn’t very clean, but you can leave the gate and walk out in the park - nice peaceful getaway!
    USA, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 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
  • 9.4


    26 Apr 2019
    Wonderful place. Only minor complaints are we had to ask for extra toilet paper as the house wasn’t serviced each day. Also the check in process was very long and slow (numerous manual forms had to be filled in by the receptionist).
    South Africa, Female, 31-40
  • 9.4


    23 Apr 2019
    We stayed here as a family of 5 and booked the room with the 3 bunk beds. It was very comfortable and clean and with a separate door to the shower and toilet room. As a note- the top bunks did not have a guard on the sides so were unsuitable for young children. The staff were lovely and friendly and the pool was great! The location is perfect. Many thanks.
    England, Female, 41+
  • 9.1


    29 Aug 2019
    Great backpackers lodge, excellent location, friendly staff and stunning scenery, would definitely recommend
    England, Male, 31-40
  • 8.6


    03 May 2019
    Even though Mlilwane is a tiny valley in a small country, it's beautiful and for the animals, the area appears to be predator free. I'm biased, but I would choose to stay in a National Park over any other available option.
    England, Male, 41+
  • 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+
  • 8.3


    19 Apr 2019
    Thanks a million it was much more than what we have expected, it was a pleasant stay with friendly helpful staff
    South Africa, Mixed Group, 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
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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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