Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
An Affordable Safari Destination for Groups and Independent Travellers
Mlilwane offers a great diversity of habitats including riverine, forest, mountain, aquatic and grassland. We encourage guided or self-guided activities. All activities depart from Reception, have safety requirements and are weather-dependent. Booking required one hour prior to departure (24 hours for overnight trails); indemnities required. Mlilwane Map with Roads and Trails sold at Reception and Sangweni Gate
Simple, clean and comfortable accommodation with electricity. Bedding and towels are provided
Mlilwane’s original accommodation.
4 Double / 2 Family Huts; Single room, ceiling fan, coffee station. En-suite shower, basin and toilet.
3 Villages, 43 huts, central seating areas.
Single room, fan, coffee station. En-suite shower, basin and toilet.
Roan Village – 15 twin huts;
Nyala Village – 14 huts (4 family, 3 triple, 7 twin);
Blesbuck Village – 14 twin huts, wheelchair access.
4 triple Rondavels – double and single; 2 double Rondavels.
Single room with ceiling fan; kitchenette with fridge and stove; outside table and chairs, private braai area; en-suite shower, basin and toilet. Peripheral to Rest Camp, Valley View.
Double room & family room with 4-singles; ceiling fans; kitchenette with fridge and stove; lounge, dining area, veranda, outside table and chairs, private braai area. Bathroom with bath, basin and toilet.
Peripheral to Rest Camp, Valley View.
(See also Down Gran’s Self-catering Cottage).
20 sites in Eucalyptus forest, with private braai stand, water and electrical points;
10 sites in indigenous forest, with nearby water and without power. Campervans, Overlanders and private tents. Large ablution block
6-room Lodge (DBB) and Down Gran’s Self-catering Cottage are available for discerning guests (3km from Rest Camp).
Dormitories, private rooms and private rondavels are available for international budget guests (2km from Rest Camp).
Frequently Asked Questions
- Freedom of self-guided activities
- Range of Activities
- Tolerant Wildlife
- Diverse habitats
- Variety of Accommodation
- Overnight Chubeka Trails
- Easy access – 24 hr gate
- Stunning scenery
- Family Friendly
Once a mealie-field, the Rest Camp has become a well-established indigenous forest, thanks to a tree-planting operation in 1960’s. The extent of the camp, largely concealed by the vegetation, comprises five distinct areas:
Central Area – Reception, Activities Centre, Restaurant and Rest Camp Huts, with our 50-year fire at its heart.
Animal Inkhundla – between Central Area & Beehive Villages, where animals move freely on a large, open grass area, flanked by the Education Centre, offices, shop and the horse paddocks.
Beehive Villages – three adjacent villages, about 200m from the Central Area, are flanked by the Dormitories and Camping Grounds.
Swimming Pool & Day Visitor Area – West of the Central area.
Self-catering Cottages arc out from the Rest Camp, affording each unit privacy and valley views.
120-seater semi-open restaurant, full bar; overlooks Bird Pool with active heronry, visiting hippo and crocodiles. Buffet dinners, a la carte lunch, 3 meals per day. Functions welcome.
Large swimming pool with change rooms, braai facility areas and summerhouses. Functions welcome.
Historical and environmental education displays are neatly laid out for the enquiring guest. Popular with school groups.
Museum – 30-seater conference area, Inkhundla – large group function boma, Restaurant functions, Team Building.
A small curio shop with merchandising and basic supplies, including local airtime.
9 hiking trails covering over 20km Summit Trail is a highlight Guided or self-guided. Maximum 10 pax per guide
Informative 1km Rest Camp Nature Trail; 1km Rest Camp Botanical Trail; Kiddies bikes and pony rides. Child age restrictions apply
Pony rides, hourly rides, 1 – 3 hours Helmets provided. Beginners and Experienced riders Guided activity, 1–10 pax, 6+ years
1 night fly camp, 3 hours per day Rustic camping in a Cave, catered Beginners and Experienced riders Guided activity, 2 – 6 pax, 8+ years
1 hour Guided tour to local Chief’s Village Authentic Swazi culture. Group minimum 4 pax
Aquatic, grassland, montane & forest species Bee-eater colonies & heronry are highlights Guided or self-guided. Bird List available Maximum 10 pax per guide
Dirt roads & single track Bikes & helmets for hire, own bike welcome Guided or self-guided • Max 10 pax/guide
3 – 4 hour mountain trail Beginners and Experienced riders Guided activity, 1–10 pax, 8+ years
2 night fly camp, 4–6 hours per day Rustic camping, bow tents, catered Beginners and Experienced riders Guided activity, 2 – 8 pax, 8+ years
Open 4x4 vehicles, 1,5 hour game drives, Sunset Drive a highlight, 2 hour Sunset/Sunrise Drive, with drinks