We booked ourselves for E nights at mlilwane because of the beehives. These turned out to be a good choice. Big huts with good sanitation for a reasonable rate.
For diner and breakfast you have to go to the one and only resaurant in the neighboorhood were both were served as buffet. Quality is good but not excellent. Price is, probably due their monopoly, a 20 to 40% overrated compared to south africa. shop prices are normal.
The following for us was mountainbiking. Very nice surounding at mlilwane but again overrated. 120 rand per hour while we rented them at other places for 150 to 200 rand per day.
Bikes cost new about 7000 rand! Prices can be explaned when goog maintained but the quality is verry bad. Shifters dont work properly. Sprockets where worn out. grease or oil are never used.
Average for cycling at mlilwane i assume is about 2 hours. Therefore you can get a map but ofcourse you have to pay 25 rand. You can better ask for for a guide. they cost only 10rand per cyclist per hour. Those guys must feel worthless while they then also occupy a bike (worth 120rand)
The second day we decided to go off the wildpark. We booked therefore a tour with swazitrails. About 10km from the main camp. They offer very nice tours. (Caving, rafting....)Most accomodations have leaflets from those like operators but mlilwane dont, they only promote their own activities.
To book this we needed the WIFI from Mlilwane. Again they charge for this. only 1rand per minute but not verry common anymore these days.
We asked the reception also to make a phonecall to the tour operator but again they had to charge 10rand per minute for this. Most receptions happily cooperate. Possitive was that the lady mentiond to call via the public phone.
the rates are not sky high but where at leat just annoying. We had a nice stay in the beebives but when you dont like hiking and you are not able to initiate your own tours or able to go outside the park then you are catured in mlilwane as long as your stay and you dont really see swaziland
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swaziland's pioneer conservation area and a beautiful, secluded sanctuary situated in the Kingdom's Ezulwini Valley, 'Valley of Heavens'. Located between Mbabane and Manzini, 24hr gate access is offered to the Sanctuary enabling guests to enjoy the neighbouring tourist hubs of Ezulwini and Malkerns with their many unique attractions and craft shops. The name 'Mlilwane' ('Little Fire' in siSwati) was derived from the numerous fires started by lightening strikes on the Mlilwane Hill but now holds significance as the little fire that started a big conservation movement in Swaziland resulting in the saving of over 22 species from local extinction across the three reserves. The Sanctuary covers 4,560 hectares and comprises of a southern and northern section. The southern section's grassland plains stretch up to the striking Nyonyane Mountain with its exposed granite peak known as the 'Rock of Execution'. All of Mlilwane's accommodation, dining and activity options are concentrated in this southern section of the park, with the exception of guided trails which enter the pristine northern section. ... more less
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