Sondzela Backpackers is ideal for: Exploring Swaziland • Budget Travel • Chilling in Peaceful Surroundings • Experiencing Nature Up-close & Personal • Photographers
Welcome to Sondzela Backpackers
Sondzela Backpackers is located within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary's southern boundary overlooking the beautiful Mhlambanyatsi Valley. It offers travellers visiting Swaziland an unbeatable range of excellent value accommodation in stunning surroundings, with its own Swimming Pool, large garden, ample safe parking, camping ground, Braai area, Bar, Laundry, DSTV & Games Room.
Just a 15min walk from Mlilwane Rest Camp and within walking distance to the Malkerns main road and Mahlanya fresh produce market, Sondzela offers comfortable accommodation in scenic gardens with easy access to the numerous activities and site-seeing opportunities that Big Game Parks and Swaziland offers. FREE Sondzela Shuttle pick-up and drop-off from Malandela's can be arranged, to further enhance ease of travel.
Known as the WILDest backpackers in Swaziland; after wrestling the resident Ostrich for your spot by the pool or becoming at one with Zebras on horseback you'll understand why.
Accommodation at Sondzela Backpackers
Camping at Sondzela Backpackers (Own Tents only)
Set in the beautiful Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Sondzela offers campers a spacious camping ground.
Sondzela Main House Dormitory - Single Bed
Located in Sondzela's Main House is a dormitory with single beds and a communal bathroom.
Sondzela Main House - Private Double Room
Located in Sondzela's Main House are private double rooms with access to a communal bathroom.
Sondzela Main House - Private Twin Room
Located in Sondzela's Main House are private twin rooms with access to a communal bathroom.
Activities at Sondzela Backpackers
Mountain Bike Hire (per hour)
Hire a mountain bike to get up close and personal to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary's rich flora and fauna. Bikes are well maintained and available at Mlilwane Rest Camp Reception.
Guided Mountain Biking (per hour)
Enjoy Swazi-guided mountain biking through Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
Umphakatsi Cultural Experience
Visit Mlilwane's neighbouring real Chief's Village to experience authentic Swazi culture.
Sunrise/Sunset Game Drive (2hr)
Enjoy a Swazi-guided Sunrise or Sunset game drive through Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
Game Drive (1.5hr)
Embark on one of Mlilwane's open Game Viewer vehicles with an Swazi guide to explore Mlilwane's nature-rich plains.
Guided Services (per hour)
Enlist the help of a local Swazi guide to explore Mlilwane according to your area of interest.
Guided Birding Walk (2.5hr)
Enjoy an Swazi-guided Bird Walk through Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Includes bottled water.
Self-Guided Walking Trails - FREE
Enjoy a self-guided hike through Mlilwane's game-studded plains free of charge.
Nature Education - FREE
Visit Mlilwane's Interpretation Centre to gain a better understanding of Swaziland's natural heritage free of charge
Swimming - FREE
Take a dip in Mlilwane's beautiful swimming pool with stunning views.
Children's Play Area - FREE
Mlilwane offers a set of children's swings close to the bbq/braai area and swimming pool.
Dining at Sondzela Backpackers
Dining at Sondzela
Enjoy a delicious breakfast or home-cooked dinner at Sondzela Backpackers. Please note guests are also able to make use of Sondzela's kitchen should they prefer to self-cater.
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Directions for Sondzela Backpackers
Directions from Lavumisa/Golela Border
Directions from Mahamba Border
Directions from Matsamo/Jeppes Reef Border
Directions from Ngwenya/Oshoek Border
Directions from Emahlatini (Houtkop)/Sicunusa
Directions from Lomahasha/Namaacha Border
Directions from Mananga Border
Directions from Mhlumeni/Goba Border
Directions from Sandlane/Nerston Border
Reviews at Sondzela Backpackers
Liz Eldridge - USA on 02 October 2012
Sondzela was terrific, not at all what I expected from a backpackers. And the staff were marvelous. The beehive hut at Mlilwane Main Camp, and the mountain biking, were fun, too. I'm very glad that after all these years I finally took the time to experience a Swazi park.
Highbury High School - South Africa on 28 September 2012
I would like to say a sincere thank-you for all your help in arranging the bookings for Mlilwane & Sondzela. The boys and staff thoroughly enjoyed the stay and we were certainly well fed! I really enjoyed sleeping in the beehive hut at Mlilwane – a true Swazi experience
Ellie Rhebergen - Holland on 30 March 2012
We visited Sondzela in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011, each time we stayed a week or more in one of the rondavels with a beatiful view. The staff is very friendly and the food is lovely. This is the only park we know were one can walk freely, even without a guide, amongst the animals. The place is very central in Swaziland. Within walking distance one can take public transport to all over the country.
Disy Corp - France on 14 August 2012
This very clean backpackers is really nice for relaxing and walking on a safety area, while having easily the possibility to see zebras, hippos and even crocodiles. The kitchen is well organised if you want to cook by yourself but you can be also be served a tasty and equilibrated dinner. The swiiming pool was to cold but ... it was winter anyway!
Alex - USA on 26 May 2012
This is your chance to stay in a comfortable place, for a very reasonable price, and to be surrounded by all types of antelope, zebras, wild hogs, and even one peaceful-looking huge crocodile in a lake nearby. We loved this place!
Anita Smith - UK on 07 March 2012
Really enjoyed my stay at Sondzela - it really does offer amazing value for money and what an amazing location! Loved the warthogs!
Adrian V - Philippines on 26 February 2012
dont think for the money you spend there to stay cant be beaten . i stay there when ever i am around swaziland at one stage i been there for 3 weeks and i love it up there .i have no complains about the staf or the rooms .just remember you stay at the backpacker in the best suroundings and safe its value for money.hope to be back for visit in 2013 all the way from the philippines.