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!
Pre-booking is essential. To book call our Central Reservations Office on +268 2528 3943 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Prepayment negates the Peak Season Conservation Fee and attracts normal fee.
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.
On the Easter Weekend, specifically on Saturday 7th and Sunday the 8th of April, Big Game Parks brings you an Easter Extravaganza at all our parks! Click on advertisement for package details including menus.
At Hlane & Mlilwane, why not bring the kids along for a fun family day out? Hlane will host an Easter Quiz on both days just for the kids. Hlane’s delicious cupcakes will be on sale as well. Mlilwane’s swimming pool and swing area are also sure to put a smile on their faces, while Chubeka Trails at Mlilwane will be offering their short kiddie ride for just R15.00per ride.
Mkhaya Game Reserve will also be having an Amazing Easter Day Tour Special on the same weekend. From 10h00 to 16h00 enjoy Easter in real Africa, among endangered species including black rhino, with 2 open Land Rover Game Drives and delicious Easter Bush Braai for just R565.00 per person.
Bookings essential! Please contact us for booking and further information.
Specials only available on Saturday, 7 April 2012 as well as Sunday, 8 April 2012. Offer excludes conservation gate entry fee (R35 for International Visitors, R25 for Local visitors) at Hlane and Mlilwane. Mkhaya Easter Day Tour Special price includes the conservation gate entry fee.
Sondzela Backpackers has been undergoing renovations since July this year and we are please to let you know that we are almost done! The project to refurbish the Rolls Royce of Backpackers started in July this year. Our crew has been working tirelessly over the past few months to make Swaziland’s WILDest backpackers even prettier for our visitors.
Located within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in the Ezulwini ‘Valley of Heavens’, Sondzela offers guests access to all of Mlilwane’s activities which include mountain bike trails (bikes can be hired for self-guided/guided tours), horse-riding, cultural tours and game/bird viewing activities.
With a swimming pool within a stunning garden, great value-home cooked venison and a FREE shuttle to Malandela’s and Mahlanya, Sondzela really is a safe, lovely and peaceful base to chill. And now that it has a new look, the best just got better.
Whether you are visiting us this festive season or stopping by for a day or two, come and see our new look, the resident ostrich and warthogs, game-studded plains and all that makes Sondzela the Rolls Royce of backpackers.