Sondzela Backpackers is located on the southern edge of Mlilwane Nature Reserve and is a great, cheap base from which to walk the many trails in the reserve to spot lots of wildlife. In fact, you can spot it from your bed, as there are always a few visitors grazing in the huge gardens. There are private huts, rooms and a 12-bed dorm which is upstairs in the main house. The dorms beds are all singles (not bunks) and have duvets as well as good mattresses. There are two fans in the room, a bath, toilet and two safes are provided. The hot water shower is downstairs and there are some more in the outside ablution block. A 6-bed dorm with bunks is also available downstairs.

Entering the house, you call at reception which also houses the large sitting room with TV. The reception shop also sells drinks and snacks. Breakfast is served on the sitting room dining table, but dinner is eaten in the garden. Meals are cheap here and the portions are large, but you can self-cater in the well equipped kitchen where all day free tea & coffee is also available. There is also a swimming pool in the front garden and a bar at the back that has a table tennis and a pool table. The large gardens also offer camping space. A Wi-Fi hot spot is provided and vouchers can be bought at the reception shop. Everything here is clean and the staff friendly.

Great location in the reserve

Excellent food

Hot showers

Common kitchen

Expensive Wi-Fi

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Our Rating:
Sondzela Backpackers – Mlilwane

Rated 4.5 / 5.0 (1 review)

From R110 per person – dorm (available)


(Last Reviewed: September 2016)