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The historical Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge, former home of the McCreedy Tin Mines entrepreneur Mickey Reilly, is located in the heart of Swaziland’s secluded Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

The lodge is surrounded by the Royal Botanical Gardens, where you can meet the local residents: rare aloes and cycads, threatened and endangered antelope and abundant birdlife. Accommodation is in six luxury en suite rooms, as well as an additional self-catering cottage - 'Down Gran's Cottage' – which sleeps seven and is also situated in the botanical gardens.

For the nature enthusiast, there are a few self guided hillside trails to enjoy through Mlilwane's wildlife-studded plains and some incredible horse riding opportunities.

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Zululand & Swaziland Self-drive

KwaZulu Natal is a true South African gem when it comes to wildlife, with a great mix of the country’s finest wildlife reserves and breathtaking scenery. Self driving allows you to follow the coast at your own pace and experience a diversity of wildlife away from the crowd.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,095 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Mlilwane, Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area, is a beautiful, secluded sanctuary situated in the Ezulwini Valley, between Mbabane and Manzini. Home to some rare and wonderful species such as the vervet monkey, African wild cat and blue wildebeest, major predators here are few, making nature walks a good option.

  • Where: Ezulwini Valley
  • Ideal for viewing: brown hyena, leopard, Cape clawless otter, black-backed jackal, greater galago
  • Excellent for: Self-drive