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“Just loved it!” 4 of 5 stars
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Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland   |  
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Berlin, Germany
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Just loved it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We stayed two nights in this backpackers and we loved it. It is cheap, clean and the dinner is really good. But they also have good cooking facilities. You can walk through the Mlilwane park and see monkeys, antelopes, zebras, hippos and sometimes crocodiles! It is a relaxing place. Definitely one of the best value for the money in swaziland !

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Buckden, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We have stayed at Mlilwane before in two rondavels but there was no room this time. Two rooms with shared bathroom on the ground floor did the trick for an overnight stop. The breakfast is not woth bothering with - bring your own food - free hot drinks are provided. Too cool to make use of the pool in mid-winter. All staff really helpful - We drove to the main camp for a lovely dinner and were werved by David - 6 years after we first met him there his wonderful way of saying "Yes" still sticks in my mind - what great staff they have. Mlilwane is great as you can drive around after dark inyour own vehicle - not come across this in any other park in Sawziland or SA. We will definitley be back here on a future visit

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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5 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

This very clean backpackers is really nice for relaxing and walking on a safety area, while having easily the possibility to see zebras, hippos and even crocodiles.
The kitchen is well organised if you want to cook by yourself but you can be also be served a tasty and equilibrated dinner.
The swiiming pool was to cold but ... it was winter anyway!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Aspen, Colorado
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights in one of the Rondavels and had a great stay. There are a few cons, but for a backpacker's I think it deserves a rating of excellent.

Pros:
View and setting were beautiful
Clean rooms
Good value
Good breakfast cooked over the open fire
Full kitchen available

Cons:
WC quite a walk from Rondavels
Rooms got pretty cold (we were there in winter)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York
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63 reviews 63 reviews
52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

This is your chance to stay in a comfortable place, for a very reasonable price, and to be surrounded by all types of antelope, zebras, wild hogs, and even one peaceful-looking huge crocodile in a lake nearby. We loved this place!

Room Tip: Both the huts and the rooms in the main building are comfortable. Huts obviously look a bit more exo...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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santa salud calabanga camarines sur philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

i dont think for the money you spend there to stay cant be beaten . i stay there when ever i am around swaziland at one stage i been there for 3 weeks and i love it up there .i have no complains about the staf or the rooms .just remember you stay at the backpacker in the best suroundings and safe its value for money.hope to be back for visit in 2013 all the way from the philippines. my last visit was in august. 2010 with my wife to be from the philippines

Room Tip: room 1 has double bed . 2 and 3 have 2 beds each on ground floor close to bathroom
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2011

Loved it! The big house had dorm rooms which I shared with my family (no one else at the time). You can also choose a private rondeval. Optional meals around the campfire. The staff were friendly and helpful. You could walk around the reserve and see zebras, warthogs, crocodiles, and more. Beautiful surroundings. So it's a backpacker and not a comfy hotel, but it was blissful....Make sure you visit the craft market in town, and the House on Fire nearby.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland
Location: Swaziland > Manzini District > Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
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Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 25
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