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Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected wildlife area in Ezulwini Valley of Swaziland, near Lobamba. It is home to a diverse array of animals, including zebras, wildebeest, impala, warthogs, and a variety of bird species.


Female Nyala

The sanctuary covers an area of approximately 4,560 hectares.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary was established in the 1960s by Ted Reilly, who was a conservationist, whose father had settled in Mlilwane in 1908. The sanctuary was created with the goal of protecting the local wildlife and their habitats, as well as providing a space for people to learn about and appreciate the natural world.

One of the main attractions of Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is the opportunity it provides for visitors to see a wide range of animals in their natural habitats. The sanctuary is home to several species of antelope, including impala, kudu, and waterbuck. Visitors may also be able to see predators such as leopards and hyenas, as well as a variety of bird species, including eagles and vultures.

In addition to providing a home for local wildlife, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary also offers a number of recreational activities for visitors. These include guided walking tours, game drives, and horseback safaris. Visitors can also take part in cultural experiences, such as visits to traditional Swazi villages.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is an important conservation area, and plays a vital role in protecting the local wildlife and their habitats. It is also a popular destination for nature lovers and those looking to experience the beauty of the Swazi countryside.



Flora and fauna[edit]


Visitor information[edit]

Get in[edit]

Fees and permits[edit]

The conservation fee is E75.00 per paerson per day. Fees are paid at the reception gate, which is open 06:00 - 17:00. If you arrive after hours, the night guard will let you in if you have booked accommodation, and you will pay the fee there. Keep any receipts as these may be checked when you leave the sanctuary.

Get around[edit]

Map of Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary




  • 1 Curio Shop. basic supplies, souveneirs and icecream.


  • 1 Hippo Haunt Restaurant. 120-seat restaurant. Reported to have great views, but average food.




  • 1 Sondzela Backpackers, Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Malkerns (west on MR103 out of Manzini, then west on MR27, then turn R on sanctuary entrance), +26825283943. A very unique hostel that sits inside the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can see various types of African ungulates, zebra, and other wildlife practically on your doorstep. Accommodations are in Eswatini style-huts or in the main lodge adjacent to a large pool and gardens. Here you can meet up with many backpackers from around the world and plan hikes into the highveld terrain. ~$19.
  • 2 Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge. Luxury lodge with 5 ensuite bedrooms, and a self-catering cottage. from E1,375, Down Gran's Cottage E3,370.


  • 3 Rest Camp. Camping is possible at Rest Camp, which also has huts and cottages. from: camping E145 - cottage E640.


Stay safe[edit]

Staying safe at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary involves following a few simple guidelines and being aware of your surroundings. The sanctuary is home to a variety of wild animals, including predators, so it is important to be cautious and avoid doing anything that could put yourself or the animals at risk.

When visiting Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, it is important to follow the instructions of the park rangers and other staff members. They are knowledgeable about the sanctuary and can provide helpful advice on how to stay safe. This may include information on where it is safe to walk or drive, as well as advice on what to do if you encounter a wild animal.

It is also important to avoid approaching or disturbing the animals in the sanctuary. This can be dangerous for both you and the animals, and could result in injury or even death. Instead, try to observe the animals from a safe distance, and use binoculars or a camera to get a closer look.

When walking or driving in the sanctuary, be sure to stay on designated paths and roads. This will help you avoid potentially hazardous areas, such as thick vegetation or steep slopes. It is also a good idea to avoid going out at night, as this is when many predators are active and can pose a greater risk to visitors.

Overall, staying safe at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary involves being aware of your surroundings, following the advice of park staff, and avoiding any activities that could put you or the animals at risk. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy a safe and enjoyable visit to this beautiful and unique conservation area.

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