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  • 19 May 2024 10:31 local time

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Unleash Your Wild Side: Discover the Magic of Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary!

Igniting Conservation Passion: A Brief History of Mlilwane

Embark on a journey to Eswatini's (formerly Swaziland) premier conservation area, where passion, vision, and action converge to create an unforgettable adventure. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary stands as a testament to the incredible possibilities when dedication meets determination. Once deemed an "impossible dream," this sanctuary was born from the transformation of a highly profitable multi-purpose farm into a beacon of conservation excellence.

Exploring Nature's Bounty: Diverse Habitats of Mlilwane

Named after the fiery legacy of lightning strikes on Mlilwane Hill, 'Mlilwane' translates to 'Little Fire' in siSwati, symbolizing the spark that ignited Swaziland's conservation movement.

Step into a world teeming with life as Mlilwane's diverse habitats unveil a plethora of species. With the absence of dangerous game, visitors have the freedom to explore the sanctuary's 4560 hectares on guided or self-guided excursions, immersing themselves in the wonders of nature. From the sweeping southern plains to the majestic Nyonyane Mountain, also known as Execution Rock, adventurers can discover the sanctuary's treasures at every turn.

Accommodation Oasis: Your Home Away from Home at Mlilwane's Rest Camp

Nestled within this natural paradise, Mlilwane's Rest Camp beckons with a variety of affordable accommodation options, from self-catering cottages to catered lodges. For those seeking a different experience, nearby alternatives like Sondzela Backpackers, Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge, and Down Gran’s Self-Catering Cottage offer their own unique charm.

Adventure Awaits: Activities and Excursions at Mlilwane

Every adventure begins at our Activities Centre, where detailed maps and thrilling experiences await. After a day of exploration, unwind at the Hippo Haunt Restaurant or cool off in the inviting swimming pool surrounded by summerhouses, indulging in moments of pure relaxation.

Relaxation and Refreshment: Indulge at Hippo Haunt Restaurant and Swimming Pool

For day visitors, the sanctuary welcomes self-drivers and picnickers at Rest Camp, inviting them to dine at the restaurant or partake in activities until 18h00.

Day Tripper's Delight: Enjoying Mlilwane as a Visitor

Conveniently located between Mbabane and Manzini, with 24-hour access, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary serves as the gateway to nearby tourist hotspots like Ezulwini and Malkerns. Discover a world of unique attractions and vibrant craft shops, enriching your journey with the cultural tapestry of Eswatini.

Experience the Thrill: Game Drives

Embark on an adventure like no other as you hop aboard an open 4x4 vehicle with a knowledgeable Swazi guide to delve into the heart of Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Our game drives offer an immersive experience, allowing you to observe and capture stunning photographs of the sanctuary's inhabitants. Choose from a variety of options:

Sunrise Safari (2hr) – Witness nature's awakening as the sun casts its golden glow across the landscape. Enjoy complimentary tea/coffee and a snack as you embrace the tranquility of the early morning.

Sunset Expedition (2hr) – Traverse the plains before ascending Nyonyane Mountain, famously known as Execution Rock, just in time to witness the breathtaking sunset over the distant mountains. Sip on a refreshing drink as you soak in the panoramic views.

Roan Antelope Excursion (1.5hr) – Join a guided tour to visit the Roan Antelope breeding project, where you can learn about these majestic creatures. Please note: drinks and snacks are not included.

Self-Drive Adventure – Explore Mlilwane at your own pace with our self-drive option. Most of our roads are accessible to normal sedans, except for the mountain roads. Don't forget to pick up your map at the Reception!

Conquer the Trails: Mountain Biking

For adrenaline junkies seeking an exhilarating experience, Mlilwane offers mountain bike rentals for both self-guided and guided adventures. Feel the rush as you navigate dirt roads and single-track trails, with options ranging from challenging mountain climbs to leisurely game-viewing rides. Cyclists are reminded to respect wildlife and maintain a safe speed, ensuring an eco-friendly excursion. Our well-maintained bikes are available at the Mlilwane Rest Camp Reception.

Mlilwane is also proud to host the annual Nedbank Swaziland's Imvelo MTB Classic, a highly anticipated event drawing cyclists from near and far every June. With four different race distances and limited spots for 500 cyclists, it's a true family affair and a race filled with vibrant energy and camaraderie.

Gateway to Adventure: Exploring Nearby Tourist Hubs

Experience the magic of conservation come to life at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, where every moment is an adventure waiting to be discovered!

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