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.

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Save 15% on Swazi Reed Dance 2013 Accommodation!

Swaziland Reed DanceStill haven’t booked accommodation to experience Swaziland’s most famous cultural event, the ‘Umhlanga’ Reed Dance Ceremony, held from 27th August-2nd September 2013? With limited accommodation remaining at nearby Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and a special of 15% off, book now!

Located just a stone’s throw away from the ceremony with the convenience of 24hr gate entry after initial check-in before sunset, Swaziland’s pioneer game reserve; Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, which recently scooped TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence after receiving prolonged rave reviews, is the perfect base from which to experience Umhlanga. What’s more, with our handy Reed Dance Special Itinerary at hand, all you’ll need to remember is your passport!

Very Special Rates:

• Camping (Mlilwane):  R75pp (Original R90pp, save R15pp sh)

• Self-Catering:  R280pp (Original R330pp sh, save R50pp sh)

• R/Only Swazi-Style:  R265pp (Original R315pp sh, save R50pp sh)

• B&B Swazi-Style:  R320pp (Original R380pp sh, save R60pp sh)

DBB Luxury (Reilly’s):  R705pp (Original R830pp sh, save R125pp sh)

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Umhlanga/Reed Dance Facebook Competition

 

1 lucky person who LIKES us on Facebook will have the opportunity to tick this culture ceremony off their bucket list with FREE 3 nights’ accommodation at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary on the weekend of Umhlanga worth R2 180.00!

We are giving away 3 nights’ accommodation for 2 at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary’s traditional Swazi style  beehive to 1 lucky Facebook friend of ours on the weekend of Umhlanga. This fantastic prize is worth  R2 180.00 includes 3 night’s accommodation at Mlilwane, breakfast on each morning as well as conservation entry fee into Mlilwane for 2.

To enter, answer the following question on our Facebook Page, in the comments section.

Question: How many kilometres is Ludzidzini Royal Residence from Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary?

Hurry, like us on Facebook and answer this question today! Don’t forget to tell your friends to Like Us on Facebook as well! See below for Ts & Cs.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, located 5 km from Ludzidzini Royal Residence is the best base to experience this colourful traditional ceremony.  Check out our limited Umhlanga Specials for the duration of the Umhlanga Week.

Ts & Cs: Competition closes on Wednesday 29 August 2012 at 12h00. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 29 August at 15h00. Prize includes 3 nights’ accommodation, breakfast and conservation entry fees into Mlilwane ONLY. Prize is not transferable for cash. Prize should be taken up from Friday 31 August to 03 September 2012. Winner should be able to transport themselves to Swaziland as well as around Swaziland. 

Limited Umhlanga/Reed Dance Special at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Tick Umhlanga Off Your Bucket List this year!

To help you tick off Umhlanga/Reed Dance off your bucket list, we are reviving this year’s fantastic winter specials ONLY at Mlilwane and Reilly’s Rock for the duration of Umhlanga Week: 28th of August 2012 to 04 September 2012.

R420.00 per night for 2 people at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

R1430.00 per night for 2 people at Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge on DBB incl. entry fee (Luxury Room)

R1320.00 per night for 2 people at Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge on DBB incl. entry fee (Standard Room)

From the time Swaziland’s maidens converge at Ludzidzini Royal Residence to the time they leave for their homes, enjoy these discounted accommodation rates above at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary’s Rest Camp and Reilly’s Rock! Situated 5 km away from Ludzidzini Royal Residence, Mlilwane is your best base for the Reed Dance. One of the ways we are helping you with your bucket list.

Tick off one of the continent’s biggest annual cultural festivals this year by booking NOW. See below for Terms and Conditions! Contact our Central Reservations Office here for more info.

Check out our Umhlanga Facebook Competition to stand a chance to WIN 3 nights’ accommodation at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary next weekend!

T&Cs: Special available at Mlilwane’s Rest Camp Accommodation and Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge with a minimum 2 night stay required. Special valid from 27 August 2012 to 04 September 2012. This special is valid for bookings made from Friday 24 August 2012 until Saturday 01 September 2012.
This special not available at Hlane Royal National Park; Mkhaya Game Reserve as well as Sondzela Backpackers. Umhlanga Special at Mlilwane doesn’t include 

Ngwenya/Oshoek Border Hours Extended

Great news for our visitors!

The governments of Swaziland and South Africa have extended the operating hours of the Ngwenya/Oshoek border.

Starting today 15 August 2012, Ngwenya/Oshoek Border Gate will operate from 07h00 to 00h00, a 2 hour addition from the original closing time of  22h00. This indefinite extension is to facilitate the secure and effective movement of persons and goods between the two countries.

With Umhlanga/Reed Dance starting in less than 20 days, news of this extension will be most welcomed by culture enthusiasts wanting to experience this annual traditional ceremony. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary located just 5 km from Ludzidzini Royal Residence in Lobamba is the best base to experience the Umhlanga located. Mlilwane also offers a wide range of accommodation, suitable for every price point from backpacking to Camping and Caravanning, self-catering cottages as well as the up-market Reilly’s Rock, in addition to its numerous activities and dining options.

Contact us here for more information and to book.

Umhlanga Reed Dance 2012 Dates Announced

27 August 2012 – 03 September 2012

The Umhlanga Reed Dance dates for this year have been announced. This cultural explosion will take place from the 27th of August to its culmination on 3rd of September 2012 at Ludzidzini Royal Residence in Lobamba.

The week long annual event takes place at the end of August or beginning of September. Over 40 000 young unmarried and childless maidens pay homage to Her Majesty INdlovukazi, the Queen Mother by cutting and presenting her with reed used to make windbreakers emaguma for her homestead.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, 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, to Mlilwane’s traditional Swazi beehive accommodation and self-catering cottages, as well the upmarket  Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge. If you’re a camper Sondzela Backpackers and Mlilwane’s Rest Camp both offer camping grounds with spectacular views.

For more information and to book, contact us here.

Umhlanga Reed Dance Special

Experience true Swazi culture


3 Nights for the price of 2

Experience true Swazi culture, nature and hospitality at its very best and save 30%!

Conveniently located just a short drive away from the Umhlanga Reed Dance at ELudzidzini which culminates on Monday 29th August, Mlilwane is opening its doors to all guests wanting to experience true Swazi culture, nature and hospitality at its very best.

Save 30% when booking 3 nights in either a traditional Swazi Beehive hut or a luxury room within the original house of Swaziland’s conservation forerunners, Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge.

3 nights for 2 in a Swazi Beehive Hut (B&B Basis)

After all the festivities at Umhlanga, retire to your Swazi Beehive Hut in a traditional Kraal with the added luxury of en-suite facilities and Swazi nature, the famous Hippo Haunt Restaurant and a wide range of activities at your doorstep!

3 Night Usual Price: E990pp sharing inc. breakfast, exc. conservation fee

3 Night Offer Price: E660pp

Save E330pp

3 nights for 2 at Reilly’s Rock (D, B&B Basis)

Relax at Reilly’s amongst rare aloes, small antelope and birds in its romantic botanical garden. Take in the panoramic views of Mlilwane’s game-studded plains below before feeding the resident bush babies and savouring delicious cuisine served by welcoming Swazi hosts.

3 Night Usual Price: E2235pp sharing inc. dinner, breakfast & conservation fee

3 Night Offer Price: E1490pp

Save E745pp