It felt as if we had stepped back in time and were guests of the Reilly family rather than in an inn in the former family house. There were so many places to sit -- inside the sitting room, the main lodge, on the verandas and in the gardens -- that we kept on moving places. The gardens are lovely with an arboretum, cycad and aloe collections, with informative labels. Duikers and other small antelope graze on the lawns, and a family of bushbabies living in the palm trees that come down to be fed bananas each evening. The staff are very helpful. Ruth went out of her way to get me honey and lemon for a hot drink to ease my sore throat. The food was good and it was fun to meet the other guests around the fire. There are lots of walking trails from the lodge and you can walk down to see the roan antelope in the breeding program. If you want a modern hotel with all mod cons, this is not the place for you. But if you like a place with character and history, I highly recommend it. Highlight of my trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge is a colonial-style lodge which enjoys a commanding position in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland's pioneer conservation area. The lodge is set against the backdrop of the Nyonyane Mountain with views of the Ezulwini Valley. Within the gardens you'll find secluded spots where you can relax and enjoy the surrounding birdlife. There are a variety of optional extras that you can choose to get a feel for the area, such as open Land Rover tours, horse riding, mountain biking, traditional Swazi dancing, whitewater rafting and sight seeing. Location Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge is situated on a hill overlooking the Ezulwini Valley and Mlilwane Game Park in Swaziland. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge Swaziland/Mbabane