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379 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

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 and 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.

Reviews & Ratings

379 Total Reviews
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Very Good
Jan 10, 2024
I'll rate them okay as the huts are very well kept and clean, the park is amazing with loads of animals and trails, after that being said I found staff to be very disorganized, they did not know I was coming, I had to shout for quite a while and then call their emergency number so someone could assist me, payment is taken at administration office and not at front desk and staff can be problematic when you call a cab from outside, apart from that, my stay was okay.
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Male, 31-40
Dec 15, 2023
Beautiful and peaceful. We stayed in the hut with shared ablutions. Staff are extremely friendly and the vibe is very relaxed. We'd definitely stay again, but perhaps a unit with an ensuite bathroom. The lodge was very quiet, I had expected more guests given the time of year. eSwatini in general is great! Clean, friendly, safe and beautiful!
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Male, 31-40
Dec 04, 2023
Peaceful place. The atmosphere is very nice. Only problem is a little difficult to find the hostel. More access information on the website is needed.
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Male, 31-40


  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free Parking
    • Towels Included
  • General

    • Wheelchair Friendly
    • Swimming Pool
    • Common Room
    • Bicycle Parking
    • BBQ
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Outdoor Terrace
    • Parking
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Ceiling fan
    • Safe Deposit Box
    • Card Phones
  • Services

    • Laundry Facilities
    • Bicycle Hire
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • Shuttle Bus
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Housekeeping
    • Late check-out
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Food & Drink

    • Bar
    • Meals Available
    • Mini-Supermarket
    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Entertainment

    • Games Room
    • Pool Table
    • Foosball



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