Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swaziland’s most famous wildlife reserve, found in the Ezulwini Valley. It offers a wide range of activities for visitors, including horse riding, bike rides, hiking, game drives and bird watching. Mlilwane is Swaziland’s oldest reserve and has an array of accommodation options inside and close to the park to choose from. The sanctuary is over 4360 hectares, the southern section is mostly open grassland and is home to many species of mammal including hippos, wildebeest, zebra, kudu, warthog, ostrich, jackals and monkeys to name a few. With no large predators on the reserve Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect place to experience wildlife on foot or from a mountain bike. It is also recognised for its variety of birds, you can expect to see fish eagles, crowned eagles, several kingfisher species and bee-eaters.
Mlilwane Beehive Village
This accommodation offers an authentic Swazi experience, in grass dome-shaped huts that are partially enclosed using traditional Swazi reed fencing. They are basic but comfortable, all en-suite, with beds and a fan. Mlilwane Beehive Village is within the park so you can expect to see daily visitors to the camp including impala, warthog and nyala. You can enjoy the tranquil environment and cool off in the swimming pool between activities. Children are welcome, with the option of booking one of the family huts available. The Hippo Haunt Restaurant serves meals all day offering great food with a lovely view over a hippo pool. Public Braai areas are also available along with a small shop selling basic snacks for those looking for alternate food options. Mlilwane Beehive huts are popular for those wishing to enjoy an authentic experience but are not for those who are used to a little more comfort. The Beehive huts do need to be booked well in advance, as they can often be fully booked.
Mlilwane Self-Catering Cottages
These cottages are perfect for families and people looking for a self-catering option within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. There is one family cottage, one double rondavel and two three-sleeper rondavals. They are within walking distance of the pool and the Hippo Haunt Restaurant. Being in the reserve the cottages also see daily visitors passing through, including impala, warthog and nyala. Children of all ages are welcome. Mlilwane Self-catering cottages are very popular and need to be booked well in advance.
Mvubu Falls Lodge
Mvubu Falls Lodge is perfectly placed just outside Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, overlooking the Mvubu River, surrounded by trees and overlooking the mountains. It offers a more luxurious option for accommodation close to Mlilwane and many of the other tourist attractions in Swaziland. The spacious rooms are all en-suite, with air-conditioning and heaters. The lodge has a swimming pool that is cut out of natural rock, it is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the tranquil ambiance. Mvubu Falls lodge has a fully licenced pub and restaurant on site, offering home cooked meals using locally produced ingredients. The lodge welcomes children 12 years and above.