Upgraded Camping Facilities at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Our new ablutions are opening this week!

The upgrade of Mlilwane’s camping facilities began in 2009 with the conversion of the casual camping grounds into 20 individual leveled sites, each with their dedicated braai stand, electricity points and some with a shared water source.

In 2013, the Rest Camp fenced off a few areas in front of the campsite in order to establish indigenous trees and plants in front of the Eucalypt forest.  This required game-proof fencing and enrichment of the dead soil with home-grown compost (thanks to Chubeka Trails).  Despite the sorry state of the eucalyptus-drained soil, the gardens are growing well.  In time, the newly established trees will provide shade and we look forward to cutting back the Eucalyptus and establishing more indigenous trees, but for now, shade for campers is important.  The Eucalyptus forest is also a very effective sound barrier from the sometimes noisy House on Fire across the valley, so removing it entirely is not planned.  The trees planted include various Acacia for soft shade and not to obstruct the view, Natal Figs for dense shade and to attract fruit-eating birds as well as Coral Trees to attract our numerous nectar-feeding sunbirds.  Gardenias, Aloes and Iboza have been planted for variety, colour and additional wildlife attraction.

 

The great finale has just been completed! Mlilwane has built an amazingly spacious, highly anticipated new ablution and wash up facility just behind the leveled sites, removing the need to trudge to the old ablutions.  The building has purposely been sited in the Eucalyptus to reduce the number of trees and to be discreet.  Along the one side are the ablutions, separate facilities for ladies and gentlemen, each with 4 toilets and 4 showers, well spaced basins and lovely natural light complimenting the electric lighting, with water warmed by gas geysers.

Along the other side is a large DIY laundry and wash up area.  The laundry has concrete ironing tables, a long tiled concrete table and concrete washing basins with ample surface area.  The wash up area sports built in benches, large solid tables and wash up basins with decent space in between so that groups and families can co-exist happily.  In fact, if the weather comes in, this will be a fun place to congregate!

Happy camping at Mlilwane.

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Notice of Change of Normal Rates

BGP logoPlease note that from the 1st of December 2015 our rates  on all accommodation and activities will change to 2015/2016 rates. For more information on rates visit our website at www.biggameparks.org or email our Central Reservations at reservations@biggameparks.org

Mlilwane Wins Trip Advisor Award for Excellence 2015

TRIP ADVISORMlilwane has won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award 2015. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

Mlilwane: The Best Base to Experience Umhlanga


The Umhlanga Reed Dance takes place from the 25th of August to its culmination on the 31st Agust 2015 (Main Day) at Ludzidzini Royal Residence in Lobamba. Stay at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary only 5km from Ludzidzini and experience this annual cultural explosion.

The week long annual event takes place at the end of August or the beginning of September. Over 60 000 maidens pay homage to Her Majesty iNdlovikazi, the Queen Mother by cutting and presenting her with Reed used to repair the windbreak( emaguma ) for her homestead.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctaury, located 5 km from Ludzidzini Royal Residence is the best base to experience this colourful traditional ceremony. Mlilwane has accommodation to suit every price point from backpacker accommodation at Sondzela Backpackers, to Mlilwane’s Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary‘s Rest Camp features a wide variety of accommodation suitable for families, groups as well as individual travelers and every price point. A t the heart of the Rest Camp are Rest Camp Huts; single room en-suite huts with close proximity to Hippo Haunt Restaurant or get a taste of traditional Swazi Living by beehive style hut (boguca) in one of 3 kraals, Nyala, Blesbok and Roan villages, each with 14 huts. These traditional huts have added luxury of en-suite bathroom with bedding and towels supplied. For larger family groups, Shonalanga Self Catering family cottage with its own private braai area and view of the Mlilwane plains is ideal. Lontweni Self-catering Rondavels also at Rest Camp are better suited for small families or couples alike.

For the traveler wild at heart, retire to our campsite which overlooks the Mhlambanyatsi valley and is adjacent to an ablution block with the added luxury of electricity points and laundry for your convenience.

Also located within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is a historic and luxury lodge called Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge, the birthplace of Swazi Nature conservation. Reilly’s is surrounded by  Botanical Gardens featuring rare aloes and cycads, threatened and endangered antelope as well as abundant bird-life. Reilly’s accommodation features the main house and 2 luxury en-suite rooms with 2 standard en suite rooms with a communal lounge as well as the breakfast terrace with spectacular views of Lobamba and the Ezulwini Valley. Reilly’s also has garden cottage with 2 standard en suite rooms sharing a small communal lounge.

There is little doubt that given its location, Sondzela Backpackers is the WILDest Backpackers in Swaziland. Set within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. A stay at Sondzela backpackers offers the priviledge  of being among Swazi Wildlife whilst also being perfectly placed to explore neighbouring attractions of Ezulwini and beyond. With a wide range of tolerant Game surrounding you including impala, nyala, zebra, warthog you can relax and take in the Sondzela landscape

Experience true Swazi culture, nature and hospitality at its very best at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Contact our central reservations office on T: +268 2528 3943 or email reservations@biggameparks.org for more information and to book.

Congratulations to Odette our Getaway Competition Winner!

Camping at Mlilwane
Camping at Mlilwane

Big Game Parks wishes to congratulate Odette Berger for being the winner of our Getaway Camping Competition. Odette correctly identified Hlane and Mlilwane as the two Big Game Parks Camping destinations. On contacting us to claim the prize, Odette will win 2 nights for 2 camping at either Hlane Royal National Park or Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary plus a complimentary activity!

Haven’t won on this occasion? Book a stay anyway – with these stunning camping destinations only 3.5hr away and rates from just R90pp per night  For bookings call +268 2528 3943 or email reservations@biggameparks.org

Camping and Caravanning at Big Game Parks

Elephant near the camping site at Hlane
Elephant near the camping site at Hlane

Camping at Big Game Parks brings with it memories you can never forget. Camping and Caravanning sites are available within our two reserves; Hlane Royal National Park and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. It is not uncommon at either of the reserves, for more common residents such as Impala, Warthog and Nyala to walk through the camp sites. This time at Hlane, Elephant, one of the four of the Big 5 was seen just metres away from the camping site and this was a brilliant sighting for our guests to take pictures.

Emerald Spotted Dove at Hlane

Emerald Spotted Dove at Hlane
Emerald Spotted Dove at Hlane

Hlane Royal National Park is known for its abundant birdlife. We spotted the Emerald Spotted Dove  (Turtur Chalcospilos)  at Lusoti Camp near a waterhole. Besides the different types of bird species to be seen there, Lusoti Camp is also ideal for overnight camping trips and   exciting wilderness trail.