Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area, a shining example of what is possible if passion, vision and action fuse. Once a highly profitable multi-purpose farm, and being labeled an “impossible dream”, Mlilwane was proclaimed in 1961 and is now the kingdom’s most popular eco-destination for locals and internationals alike.
The name 'Mlilwane' ('Little Fire' in siSwati) was derived from the numerous fires started by lightning strikes on the Mlilwane Hill but now holds significance as the little fire that ignited the conservation movement in Swaziland.
Mlilwane’s diverse habitats support a surprisingly extensive species list. Endless hours of guided or self-guided exploration within the small 4560 Ha sanctuary are possible due to the relative absence of dangerous game. The southern plains stretch to the striking Nyonyane Mountain (Execution Rock) with its exposed granite peak. Tourism is concentrated in this southern section of the park, while guided Chubeka Trails explore the northern section, as far as Luphohlo Peak.
Mlilwane’s Rest Camp offers a range of affordable accommodation with self-catering and catered options available. Alternatives within Mlilwane include Sondzela Backpackers 2 km to the south, luxurious Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge and Down Gran’s Self-Catering Cottage a short 3km to the north of Rest Camp.
All Activities depart from our Activities Centre at Reception, with detailed maps on sale. The Hippo Haunt Restaurant and Swimming pool with summerhouses provide the opportunity for true relaxation. Day Visitors are welcome to self-drive and picnic at Rest Camp, visit the restaurant or take part in activities until 18h00.
Situated between Mbabane and Manzini, with 24-hour access to the Sanctuary, guests are free to enjoy the neighbouring tourist hubs of Ezulwini and Malkerns, with their many unique attractions and craft shops.
REST CAMP HUTS Mlilwane’s original accommodation. 4 Double / 2 Family Huts; Single room, ceiling fan, coffee station. En-suite shower, basin and toilet.
BEEHIVE VILLAGES 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.
SELF-CATERING LONTWENI RONDAVELS 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.
SHONALANGA SELF-CATERING FAMILY COTTAGE 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).
CAMPING 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
REILLY’S ROCK HILLTOP LODGE 6-room Lodge (DBB) and Down Gran’s Self-catering Cottage are available for discerning guests (3km from Rest Camp).
SONDZELA BACKPACKERS Dormitories, private rooms and private rondavels are available for international budget guests (2km from Rest Camp).
ACTIVITIES 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 www.biggameparks.org