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Sondzela Backpackers

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Malkerns, Swaziland


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 14.00Check out before 10.00Breakfast 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 noticeVAT included - Bed Levy not yet applicableA small Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Conservation fee (Approx. R35pp) 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.ONLY VISA or MASTERCARD ACCEPTED - all bookings made via other credit cards cannot be honored by the property and therefore will be cancelled 


  • 24 Hour Security
  • Bar
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Foosball table
  • Free Parking
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Meals available
  • Mini-Supermarket
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Pool Table
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels Included
  • Wheelchair Accessible



Traveler Reviews

“Surrounded by Nature”

Rating: 4 Reviewed on May 02, 2018

We arrived at Sondzela Backpackers after a 3-hour wait to cross the border - it was dark when we arrived, but the guard on duty at the Mlilwane Nature Sanctuary gate gave us excellent directions...

“Beautiful Location”

Rating: 5 Reviewed on February 27, 2018

I stayed here for 3 nights in January with our tour group. We stayed in the rondavels and they are comfortable and ideal. It is a beautiful location right in the middle of the Mlilwane Wildlife...


Rating: 4 Reviewed on February 22, 2018

Swaziland in general has a beautiful landscape with a wide variety of fauna and flora, but at Sondzela you go a step even further by being immersed in the green mountainous areas where wild animals...


Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary,MalkernsFor the Manzini-bound bus from Mbabane, make sure the driver knows you want to get off in the valley. Even some nonexpress buses aren't keen on stopping. Nonshared taxis from Mbabane cost at least US$7 negotiate at night.If you're driving from either Mbabane or Manzini, take the Ezulwini Valley/Lobamba exit off the bypass road. This puts you on the MR103, from where everything is well signposted.


24 hours cancellation.

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