In the Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary Main Camp you can do camping or hire a cottage, but the best choice is to hire your own beehive in the Beehive Village!
It's quite an experience to stay in this traditional Zulu hut.
It's comfortable and warm at nights. The only thing is, you have to bend very deep to go in or out, but if you are young of body and soul ...
Unique to sit in front of your own beehive, feeling like the king.
Splendid view at the plain with nyalas and impalas from your hut.
There are sanitary blocks with toilets and hot showers nearby.
We had not planned to travel through Swaziland when we started out, so we had to scramble to find a place to stay once we arrived in the Mbabane area. In the end, we chose the Ezulweni Sun hotel since the other options looked a little bit too far down the scale! It was a typical hotel, well run and comfortable but it was not much fun after having stayed in game park camps and B&Bs! We paid R490 (C$186) for our room as well as dinner and breakfast. Located just outside Mbabane, the hotel was well run and its grounds and swimming pool area were very well kept. As we drove in to the hotel we could see people playing a cricket match on its extensive lawns. The view from the outdoor swimming pool was great - the distant mountain peaks circling the horizon!
Situated in idyllic surroundings on the sweeping slopes of the Ezulwini Valley, and surrounded by majestic mountains is the flagship of Swaziland's hotel industry; the Royal Swazi Sun. The Royal Swazi Sun is a fine example of unrivalled luxury at its best, this superb hotel has a colonial atmosphere of elegance, charm and relaxation.
Rooms: 147 rooms with facilities to international standards. All 126 double rooms, 14 family rooms and 7 deluxe suites are tastefully decorated and have air-conditioning, heating, bath, shower, TV, radio, telephone, hairdryers and 24 hour inroom dining service. Each room has spectacular views of sweeping mountains, lush gardens surrounding the pool terrace and the rolling of the golf course.
Three superb restaurants offer a wide variety of fine cuisine, ranging from lavish buffets served at breakfast, lunch and dinner to evening dining in the a la carte restaurants. Sip a quiet drink in the plush lounge, ,or enjoy exotic cocktails at the poolside while watching the sunset.
From an elegant casino, fine dining and entertainment, exclusive world class Health Spa, magnificent 18 hole championship golf course, bowling greens, floodlit tennis courts and squash courts, boutiques, to the nearby craft markets and tourist attractions - the Royal Swazi Sun Resort has it all!
Swaziland's most beautiful valley holds yet another secret, the Lugogo Sun Hotel. Part of the heavenly Royal Swazi Sun Valley resort situated in the Ezulwini Valley and barely a minutes drive from the Royal Swazi Sun hotel.
Rooms: 202 with facilities to international standards.
All 199 spacious rooms and 3 suites offer informal yet sophisticated luxury, and have air-conditioning, heating, 2 double beds, bath, shower, TV, radio, telephone,and hairdryers. The Lugogo Sun hotel has the highest number of hotel rooms in the Kingdom.
The Ilanga restaurant offers a wide variety of tempting carvery and buffet dishes, adjoined by the Sportmans Bar, an intimate English-style pub. This popular hotel boasts a splendid swimming pool, outdoor terrace area, and traditional Swazi Boma. The Swazi village is close to the Lugogo and offers traditional arts and crafts, including some of the finest wood carvings. Guests at the Lugogo have access to all facilities offered at the Royal Swazi Sun Valley. These includes the restaurants, bars numerous sporting facilities, Casino and inter hotel transport. The Lugogo Sun has a small conference room which accommodates 45 people.
There's no reasons to spend a night here in Manzini unless you're seeking for some urbanized, busy-going kinda town. Manzini, functionally, is just a travelling hub between Swaziland and its neighboring countries (airport/bus station.) But if you insist to stay, there's one best choice I'd recommend -- The Park Hotel. Run by a Chinese family (you'll be surprised to see how many Chinese are living here in Manzini!!), the hotel located at the heart of the city within a short walk to all da malls and fast-food chain restaurants. The room's condition is just OK, nothing very special except for the perfect location....
It was raining and thuderstorm and getting dark. All the hotels were full so we were more than grateful to get rooms in this modest hotel. It was ok for a night but I wouldn't have wanted to stay longer. The rooms were shabby and not very clean and the bathroom, which we should have shared with other guests if there had been some, was quite dirty too. But beggers cannot be choosers and we were happy to have a roof over our heads that night.
In the Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary Main Camp it is possible to camp or hire a cottage, but the best choice is to hire your own beehive in the Beehive Village!
It was a interesting experience to stay in this traditional Zulu hut. The hut is comfortable and warm at nights. The only thing is, you have to bend very deep to go in or out.
The beehive camp has sanitary blocks with toilets and hot showers close to the huts.
It was unique to sit in front of my beehive, feeling like the king. We had from here a splendid view at the plain, where nyalas and impalas were grazing.
We stayed at Sondzela located at Mlilwane Wildlife sanctuary.Great place, lot of things to do, hippo pool, walking safaries, free Swazi dancing performance, swimming pool, hors riding...
The ORION PIGGS PEAK HOTEL & CASINO is located in the mountainous KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND in a beautiful and secluded pine forest. This hotel is perfect for a romantic honeymoon, relaxing weekend or a family holiday. Its secluded location also makes it an ideal out of town conference destination.
Each hotel room has an individual balcony, the perfect spot to sip a steaming cup of tea or coffee while gazing over the magnificent valley below.
Stroll around the beautiful grounds and discover two tennis courts, two squash courts, a swimming pool, a bowling green and a mini golf course. Numerous scenic walking and hiking trails exist in the surrounding forest, which is home to a variety of bird life and indigenous flora and fauna.
The hotel is close to tourist attractions like the PHOPHONYANE WATERFALL, MAGUGA DAM and SESEBE ROCK, the second largest single rock face in the world. Local glass and candle factories are worth a visit in search of the perfect Swazi memento.
For an experience of a different kind, enjoy a relaxing drink in one of the hotel's three bars. Gamble in the Casino, where punters have a choice of several gaming tables with a mix of blackjack, roulette, Punto banco, as well as slot machines.
ORION PIGGS PEAK HOTEL & CASINO offers a 24-hour room service, arts and crafts boutique, children's playground, jumping castle and a baby-sitting service.
Nisela accommodation and Safaris in Lubombo Mountains. Just by the Mozambique border, they have several of different lodge’s options and safari tours as well.
If you have come this far to see wild animals – you need to spend at least one night at Mlilwane. To start with there are no animals in the sanctuary that will eat you alive, so you can observe real African wildlife day and night. The accommodation varies, but all are very comfortable, reasonably priced, are in keeping with nature and its just relaxing. The park has 4,560 hectares (11268 acres) of the most amazing animals, birds and even reptiles.
The open plan restaurant and bar have a massive terrace that becomes an amazing viewing platform in the evenings. It overlooks a large watering hole and all manner of wildlife comes down for a drink and many photo opportunities. The food is great or you can even braai your own if you wish.
The staff are just awesome. I was made to feel very welcome and they made sure I had everything. They even took me behind the kitchen to see the first Bushbaby I had ever seen. I had heard their cries in many places in Africa- but had never seen one.
The facilities include a massive pool, camping area, trails, and even exhibitions of the traps used by poachers to harm these beautiful animals.
Mlilwane means Little Fire, which reflect the history fires started by lightning strikes on the Mlilwane Hill. The sanctuary also has Nyonyane Mountain, named the "Rock of Execution", where the ancient San people once lived. Later it was used to house the graves of the Swazi Royal family. Today it is a working animal reserve helping to keep wildlife abundant in the country.
Not only can you enjoy nature here, you also contribute to the continuation of the first organised animal sanctuary in Swaziland.
It is simply awesome.
* You can walk and see wild animals, even at night, and not be killed
* Excellent restaurant overlooking a wildlife filled watering hole
* Very comfortable sleeping accomodation
* Swimming pool (expect bugs though)
* Cycling, Horse Riding, Jogging/Walking Trails
* Special night trials to see more nocturnal animals
* Cultural Entertainment, Visits and Tours
* Full business facilities including conference areas
* A very nice bar
* Great staff
If you visit Mkhaya Game Reserve, I highly recommend to spend the night (at least one night). There are stone cottages and there are "luxury tents". Definitely not luxury! However, it wasn't bad by any means and we enjoyed it alot. There is the "main camp", which is where everyone gathers for the meals and goes on the wildlife viewing outings. Then surrounding the main camp, but spread out quite a bit in the wilderness, are the tents. We had a 5-10 minute walk to our tent and the tent is completely isolated, with no other tents around it at all. It is extremely dark at night so you really have to have a flash light. I was a bit nervous, walking through the dark forest at night...but in the end the only thing that attacked me was a white frog that jumped on me INSIDE the tent. All in all, it's a great experience.
In the middle of the Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary (see the Must to See Tips). It has a Swimming Pool, dormitories and camping area. The helpful staff will help you with maps, walking Trails in the reserve, traditional dancings in the reserve in the night, etc. They can also cook delicious dinners (vegetarians or meat including “different” meat as impala one).
In the night, I sat in a chair, next to the swimming pool to write my diary, look at the stars, and listen to the hippos growling… I will never forget those moments.
Swimming pool, great relaxing environment, trekking and walking trails...
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and, as always, was spoilt by the relative splendour of the 4 and 5 star rated Southern Sun hotels.
Tranquil, golf course, pool, meals and welcoming accompanied by traditional African singing, lovely rooms etc.
Here we saw that apartheid had not affected Swaziland. The black women were much more self-assured. At this particular lodging, the owner takes care to open a personal account for each of his female workers, so that only they and not their husbands, can get at their salary.
The hotel is just a few miles from the capital.
Apart from the link below, there's another.
Lodgings were more than adequate.
Lovely rooms with a terrace each and well furnished.
I remember taking a long shower because the water pressure was so good!
Food at Forresters Arms was just fabulous! Fresh, homemade breads and cakes for breakfast. And you could eat all the items on the menu if you wished, they'd just make smaller portions.
Staff will ask you if they can wash your car. Please say yes and give them something. They'll carry your luggage and fulfill every wish. It's a bit of getting used to, such helpful staff but stay respectful and you'll help them by giving them a little extra for their trouble.
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