Sondzela Backpackers

Top choice hostel in Central eSwatini

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Sondzela is a top choice for budgeteers, located in the southern part of the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. It boasts fine, breezy dorms, clean private doubles and a clutch of lovely rondavels (round huts with conical roofs) with wraparound views. And it doesn’t end there. The delightful gardens, kitchen, swimming pool and a hilltop perch provide one of the best backpackers’ settings in Southern Africa.

Breakfast (E45) and hearty traditional dinners (E75; cooked on the outside braai) are available for a song. If you’re driving, you’ll need to use the main Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary entrance, pay the entry fee and drive through the park to reach Sondzela. Alternatively, Sondzela’s own shuttle bus departs the lodge at 8am and 5pm, and from Malandela’s B&B in Malkerns Valley 30 minutes later.

Description via Hostelworld

ONLY VISA or MASTERCARD ACCEPTED - all bookings made via other credit cards cannot be honored by the property and therefore will be cancelled

A safe and peaceful base to explore Swaziland, Sondzela Backpackers boasts a wide range of exciting activities, great value accommodation options and excellent facilities all within the stunning Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary: an Outdoor Lover's Paradise.

Available activities at Mlilwane Rest Camp include open game viewer drives, hourly/overnight horse safaris, Umphakatsi cultural village visit, stunning aquatic wildlife viewing, close encounters with plains game, self-guided hiking & mountain biking and big game day tours to Mlilwane's Sister Reserves; Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve.

Recently renovated, the excellent value accommodation options include camping, bunk beds and dorms, private Rondavels and private rooms set within a beautiful garden where warthog and Ostriches are often spotted. Facilities include a games room and Hog n Wart Bar, swimming pool, great-value home-cooked Venison dinners, communal TV lounge, kitchen & laundry area.

A FREE Sondzela Shuttle to and from the neighbouring Malandela's Restaurant and Internet Cafe and FREE entry with a Wild Card is also offered.

Please note:

Check in from 14.00
Check out before 10.00

Breakfast not included. Light cooked breakfast - cereal, toast, egg, juice, tea/coffee. Self-catering facilities available.

Payment upon arrival by cash (South African Rand) or credit card (Visa or Mastercard)
Cancellation policy: 24h advance notice

14% VAT included in Rates

EXCLUDED: Government Bed Levy ZAR7.50 per bed per night.

Conservation fee - ZAR55pp is applicable on entry to the park and is valid for the duration of your stay. Alternatively entry is FREE for Wild Card Holders.

All reservations accepted are subject to Big Game Parks reservation conditions.

Features of Sondzela Backpackers


  • 24 hour security
  • Bbq
  • Bicycle hire
  • Bicycle parking
  • Card phones
  • Ceiling fan
  • Common room
  • Free parking
  • Foosball
  • Games room
  • Hot showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Self-catering facilities
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry facilities
  • Linen included
  • Meals available
  • Mini-supermarket
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Parking
  • Pool table
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Servizi aggiornate
  • Shuttle bus
  • Swimming pool
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Tours/travel desk
  • Towels included
  • Wheelchair friendly

Food and drink

  • Bar