Le Swaziland, renamed Eswatini, is much less developed than South Africa. The country is often better known for its king's excesses than for its culture ... Few tourists visit it but its North-South route crossing many varied landscapes makes for a beautiful wild road trip. In its center, the reserve of Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary is a destination not to be missed if you pass by. To find out everything, follow this guide!
Join Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary in Swaziland by road trip from Kruger National Park
If you come from Shukuza Gate at Kruger Park, take the direction of the exit door Crocodile Gate south of the reserve. The best is to cut through the middle of the park if you have not yet explored this part and reach the exit in 3 / 4h by car because there is still 3h30 of road trip to reach Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary in Swaziland (or Eswatini).
Still think about enjoying your last moments in South Africa's most legendary reserve and keep your eyes open! We thought we had seen everything but we were wrong: 2km from the exit we had the chance to see a group of lions and lionesses with their young! By leaving early enough you will enjoy the sunrise over the savannah and arrive in the middle of the afternoon at your next stop in Swaziland.
Cross Eswatini (ex-Swaziland) by road trip: stops at Execution rock and at a thermal center
Once out of Kruger Park, start your road trip by heading to the border crossing in northern Swaziland, renowned country Eswatini since 2018. Enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the North-South axis to your hotel located near Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary. On site, you can occupy your late afternoon with a magnificent hike from 2:30 to Rock execution and / or you can relax at thermal center of the Royal Swazi spa. On our side, we were lazy… We went to bathe in the hot water swimming pool of the thermal spa and we did a really inexpensive massage!
The only hotels worth checking out near Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary in Swaziland
To stay near Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary, there is not much to choose from. The best (by far) is the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary himself! You can sleep directly in the reserve after finishing your day of road trip on the roads of Swaziland (or Eswatini)!Check availability
If the chalets in the safari park are full, the best alternative is Mountain Inn.Check availability
For more information, you can read our article on the best hotels near Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary in Swaziland.