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Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary covers 4,560 hectares, and its conservation efforts resulted in the saving of over 22 species from local extinction across the three reserves in Swaziland. 

It is home to some rare and wonderful species such as the black-backed jackal, blue wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra, chacma baboon, hippo, Nile crocodile, warthog, vervet monkey, African wild cat and mountain reedbuck. There aren’t any major predators in the park allowing for some delightful nature walk or horse rides through the reserve.

Situated in the Ezulwini Valley and overlooked by Nyonyane Mountain, the sanctuary was formerly a farming and tin mining area, which has now been rehabilitated and is owned and managed by a non-profit making trust.

Mlilwane means Little Fire, a reference to the many fires started by lightning strikes on Mlilwane Hill. 

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Key info

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

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location 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 game reserves and breath-taking 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
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge

Located in the heart of Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, this historic colonial lodge is surrounded by the Royal Botanical Gardens. It offers six luxury en-suite rooms, as well as a large self-catering cottage, and there are several hillside trails and horse riding opportunities on the wildlife-studded plains.