Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
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Nikki Kir
Perth, Australia74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I have visited Mlilwane since I was a child. I've done the bike riding, hiking, day trips, overnight horse trails and stayed in the beehives, rondavels, cottages and shared house.
Every experience has been a beautiful memory.
Walking along the roads and looking at the wildlife and enjoying nature is one of my highlights, in the morning or late afternoon, there is always something beautiful to see.
The restaurant is lovely although I would appreciate a few vegan options for those who don't eat animal based food. One other thing I would like to see in the future is the option to not have a cleaner come every day, maybe a little sign that can be placed out for a do not disturb.
Other than that, a magical location with lots of activities for the whole family. There is a wide selection of animals, mostly antelope and a few lovely walking paths.
Can't wait to go back again for another visit.
Written February 11, 2020
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,432 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This is an excellent nature reserve for hiking as the big cats are absent and wildlife is pretty much used to peaceful visitors. Mlilwane is the oldest sanctuary in the country and has been seeing visitors for decades. I encountered many different animals up close like zebra, kudu, impala, wildebeest, wildhog, hippo and different kind of monkeys. There are also many different species of birds.

I was surprised by the excellent state of the trails in the park (well marked and good to walk). I followed the hippo trail through the forest along the dam and continued to Execution Rock (1150m) by the summit trail. It took me 4 hours up and down (same route) from the office at the entrance of the park. I made the mistake of doing this tour too late (started at 9:30AM). Ideally start at sunrise, as during the day it can get very hot. In my case 36 Celsius / 40 real feel.

To get to the park with public transport can be problematic. There are frequent minibuses on the highway through the Ezulwini valley. They will drop you off at the turn-off to Mlilwane from where it is another 3.5 km to the park entrance. Transport is less frequent here. I ended up walking up and down.

Entrance fee 75 R (no discounts for seniors or students).
Written February 13, 2022
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Dr. S Ndlalane
Pretoria, South Africa13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
Very refreshing and very close to nature. The rooms are clean.
The place is not modernized too much so that one can feel that they are indeed in a wildlife sanctuary. It is a safe space as there isn't any of the big five animals in this park
Written November 8, 2021
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Ann P
Deal, UK81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A truly fabulous place. Stay in a beehive hut with zebra, antelope and warthogs wandering around outside. Beautiful scenery and walks. No predators so it’s safe to bike, ride or walk around the stunning countryside.
The food is good, the staff friendly.
Any downsides? Nope...except sun lingers near the pool would be nice.
Loved the place.
Written January 13, 2020
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Marije K
The Netherlands27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
We are no horseback riders at all, but this is very easy to do. The horses are not so big and the guide is great. We went for a two our tour through the area and it was unforgettable. The landscape an the views are amazing. But it's even more wonderful to experience the 'small' wildlife from so nearby from the back of a horse. We saw plenty of impala, niala, gnoe, kudu, zebra, pumba, hippo and beautiful birds.
The guide new plenty, so he informed us greatly.
I can only recommend everybody to do this. It's so much fun! And in case you have a GoPro take it with you as taking pictures from the back of a horse is quite difficult ;)
Written October 30, 2015
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Sharon T
Durban, South Africa57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
We visited this wildlife sanctuary for the day. There is a nominal entry fee. You can drive and/or walk or cycle around the park seeing antelope, birdlife, etc. There is a restaurant in the park but we took a picnic lunch which we had under the trees in the hilly region of the park.
Written September 29, 2015
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Jodie R
Australia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
Don't expect to see the Big 5 here but do enjoy the stunning scenery, bird life and many animals such as warthog, zebra, wildebeest, buffalos, hippo (if you are lucky), crocodile and different types of antelope. Entry is only a flat rate of E40/ZAR 40 per person, which compared to Kruger where it cost international visitors ZAR 280 per person, is a steal!

The rest camp was peaceful with antelope wandering freely and we had a nice lunch at the Hippo Haunt Restaurant. The restaurant was quite busy so, unfortunately, we were unable to sit on the raised deck that overlooks the waterhole, where hippos and crocs can frequent.

The weather was very pleasant in July, around 20 degrees C. We spent around four hours in the park touring in a 2WD. If you wish to see more you would need to either, travel by 4WD, walk, horse ride or bike. Mountain bikes and horses are available to hire at the rest camp. Game drives and walking tours are available to book, from the rest camp as well. There is a cultural experience where you can visit a real Chief's Village to experience authentic Swazi culture. All experiences are reasonably priced.

Day visitors to the rest camp can also use the swimming pool and braai facilities as well as visit Mlilwane's Interpretation Centre all at no cost! There are different type of accommodation from camping to beehive villages!

If you would like a great family day out at minimal cost, enjoying the fresh air and amazing scenery, then this is the Swaziland park for you!

Written July 9, 2016
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Kay L
Kaohsiung, Taiwan1,363 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
LOCATION

 

Conveniently located near the capital of Eswatini Mbabane, this wildlife reserve has abundant birdlife and a modest collection of grazers. The crocs and hippos seem to be evasive, which perhaps is sometimes a good thing. Adult ticket entrance fee is 40E. 

 

HISTORY

 

Ted Reilly in 1961 installed the countrys’ first hydropump, thus becoming the first location with electricity. His original residence has been preserved and functions now as a lodge at the top of Reilly’s Rock Hilltop.

 

ACTIVITIES

 

The reserve is small and easy to access most areas by car. There are a few roads going to the rocky hills which require 4x4, but provide no greater advantage in terms of animal sightings. We visited on a weekend day for about 3-4 hours, which gave more than enough time to navigate and circumvate the area while gawking at the warthogs, zebra, impalas, kudus and nyalas.

 

Safari tours, horseriding, swimming, biking, walking trails and other activities are available. Camp sites, Beehive huts available for accommodation. There is a curio shop at the campsite and a lovely picnic area with bbq facilities. The outdoor pool has a shallow and deep end (2m), a perfect place to splash after the heat and sun outdoors. 

 

FOOD

 

(See review on Hippo Haunt Restaurant.) Hippo Pool is a awesome place to relax amongst chirping birds and the fishes (catfish, barbell, bream) and terrapin wading near the decks.

 

SUMMARY

 

Family-friendly wildlife resort/camp with many activities for any Sunday drive or a few days with nature. 

 

 

 

Written February 23, 2020
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16Letitia16
Vancouver, Canada52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Spent 3 days at this park & did a different trail each time. Sondzela, Reilly's Rock, Hippo & Summit with Machobane. Easy walking on the first two, summit is a moderate challenge though fantastic views. Entrance fee is 45 Rand per (international visitor) person (~3$ USD), very! reasonable for an African national park. Nice & helpful rangers & trails relatively well maintained & groomed. Bring water, take a picture of the map & ask questions before setting out
Written November 30, 2019
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AlanaChinhara
Harare, Zimbabwe118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Family
Overall a great outing with the little ones . They loved seeing the almost tame animals and lots of bonding during bike rides and walks . The staff is so friendly and really accommodating and everything well priced . It’s good for the one night we spent - couldn’t really do longer . The beehives are simple but clean and functional although lots of mosquitoes flying around ...other than that a great outing .
Written September 3, 2019
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