This is a large lovely old colonial house once belonging to the Reilly Family now converted into a high end safari lodge.
The staff can't do enough for you and keep the place spotless. Breakfast and dinner are included in the price and they were nice enough to launder some clothes for me at no extra cost. You have to book through Big Game Park of Swaziland and they handle the reservations very efficiently and even remind the taxi driver to pick you up at the airport on the day of your arrival. (Warning: driver is very friendly and punctual but the car has seen much better days).
The Sunset sfari drive is pleasant with bathing hippos and crocs, but there are no big game in this park--it's just a lovely place to relax and chill. Expect 50s style bedrooms and bathrooms and you won't be disappointed. You can also take in a Swazi dancing event at the tourist camp closer to the entatrnce to the Park in the evening. Meals are old style English cooking.
If coming from the airport in Manzini, stop by Swazi candles which has lovely souvenirs. Nearby are weavers and other craft ships. Close to the entrance of the park on the way to Mbane is the National Museum which is worth a look and a bit further huge outdoor craft stalls.
I stayed one night, but wished I had more time to stay here and use this as a base for exploring more of this small but lovely country with its super friendly people.
- Also Known As:
- Reillys Rock Hilltop Hotel Mbabane
- Reillys Rock Hilltop Lodge Swaziland/Mbabane