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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

A fantastic option for travellers on a budget to stay inside a game reserve. Having travelled through South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia there are few options to stay on a game reserve at this price range. Both rondavels and the private rooms in the main building are cheap comfy and clean. Whilst you won't see big cats,... More 

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Thank Alex H
Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review and thank you for your comment on the pool - this has been forwarded to management! More 

Kitchener, Canada
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63 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Fun loft dorm room Cleaner than most hostels Great sleep - super quiet HUGE bathroom to spread out in when you shower Great pool Reasonably priced dinning room - nothing fancy Also self catering kitchen If you wake up early enough - the front yard will be filled with grazing Zebra's and Kudu! FYI - You also get charged for... More 

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Thank ABRreviews
Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this review

A great review thank you! Yes, Sondzela Backpackers is located within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoys the security, peace and wildlife, so contribution to conservation is a prerequisite. At R40,00 pp it is very affordable and worthwhile. More 

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Reviewed 19 September 2016

We stayed in rondavels which only had a sink but no shower or toilet. Everything was great and for a backpackers quite nice actually. But why don't you simply put in a toilet and shower into these rondavels? This would certainly add a lot of value. Otherwise there is a braai area, bar, lounge, kitchen, lots of large trees, a... More 

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Thank Johannes H
Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Great news - we are busy upgrading some of our rondavels to be en-suite with a hot shower and toilet. Originally we chose not to go en-suite due to the competition with the Rest Camp, so we have now decided to give the option and adjust the rates accordingly. More 

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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Very nice situated hostel, right in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Simply equiped rondavel houses. Clean showers and toillets. Kind and helpful staff. Excelent breakfast at the camp fire. Family with 3 children 10-14.

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Thank Tomáš N
Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this review

A great reviews, thank you! More 

Bolton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016

Stayed here with a School group, camping on the lawns overlooking the hills of the wildlife Sanctuary. We shared the lawn with Warthogs and Peacocks. Nice clean kitchen and freindly staff to help out with cooking and washing.

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Thank antondotreks
Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing Sondzela so favourably! Just a little point - we don't have peacocks, it isa wildlife sanctuary...I'm sure it was guineafowl that shared the lawn with you ;o) More 

Sandton, South Africa
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27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

SO we decided to head down to Swazi for the weekend and we needed cheap but comfortable accommodation close to the action. Step in Sondzela... What a brilliant place to see Swazi from! It is situated in the Milwane game reserve where yo can jog, walk, cycle, do horse riding and in general just enjoy yourself in the African bush.... More 

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Thank Breedster
Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this review

What a fabulous review, thank you! Lovely to hear you got so active and got amongst the Swazi scene - it is such an easy and lovely country. You'll be happy to hear we are busy upgrading some of the rondavels to en-suite, which will fetch a higher rate, but the convenience will be worth it! We look forward to... More 

Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Sondzela Backpackers is a nice hostel in the Milwane wildlife sanctuary. It's very quiet and all help are very nice and friendly. We unfortunately only had on night there, but the dinner that was made was absolutely delicious, I still wish I could get more. The beds were comfortable and clean. The bathrooms were also clean but there are a... More 

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Thank christinaarmstrong2
Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and helpful comments - these will be related to our Operations Manager and we'll see what can be done to improve on the shower and windows! More 

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Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

I would recommend Sondzela any day! They made an amazing dinner and breakfast for us outside over a camp fire! All of us travelers just sat around the fire afterwards sharing stories and experiences! They also have a pool and common room with games like ping pong and billiards. The best part is you're in the middle of the quiet... More 

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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this review

What a lovely review, thank you! Great to hear you enjoyed your stay More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016

What a great adventure! We both enjoyed staying here, my girllfriend is a highly experienced backpacker and gave up highly of this place, im more a 5 star hotel guy with a sense of adventure. My fear for hostels is always noise, the staff and cleanliness. All were great here, the staff was very helpful and always friendly. Our room... More 

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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this review

What a super review thank you! Lovely to hear a seasoned hotel-stayer felt so at home at Sondzela! And thank you for adding your bit to the road story - off road is not for everyone, and we totally get that. Our roads are continuously maintained, but there are some areas that are... a little adventurous (the bridge for instance!)... More 

London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

We stayed in a rondeval for four nights, brilliant location, spacious and clean room. Kitchen was large and very well equipped for cooking your own food. The staff were friendly and helpful. On our last day we did a walk around the park and walking amongst the zebra, monkeys, wildebeest and Impala was a great experience. However, I'd consider the... More 

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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Sondzela Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your honest review, The gate situation is a security issue, implemented due to experiences we'd rather forget. The road is rather long, but is passable with smaller cars. We recognise that not being used to dirt roads can be a challenge, but the roads are successfully driven on a daily basis by the average sedan. During wet... More 

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Additional Information about Sondzela Backpackers

Address: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland
Region: Swaziland > Manzini District > Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Price Range: $19 - $36 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 25
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“The rondawels are a bit more private and the impalas tend to graze around them at night.”
 of 5 bubbles Breedster, 29 Aug 2016 | Read review
“If you want a chilled spot away from the main house a rondavel is the perfect option”
 of 5 bubbles thru_jades_eyes, 18 Feb 2015 | Read review
“Rondavel if into game viewing/privacy.....”
 of 5 bubbles braands, 31 Dec 2014 | Read review
“House rooms are cleaner with better bathroom facilities. Rondavels are filthy.”
 of 5 bubbles Conversant_Traveller, 29 Nov 2014 | Read review
“Worth you time and your dime”
 of 5 bubbles James_KK9185AX, 8 Jun 2014 | Read review
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