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Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Our two nights at Reilly’s Rock were fantastic. The staff, Lizzie and Ruth in particular, was very friendly. The setting at Mlilwane was lovely – spending time on the terrace overlooking the reserve and seeing the occasional visiting animal was great. We had dinner both evenings outside around the fire and the food was both hearty and delicious. Would definitely return!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

We have stayed at Reilly's Rock twice now and have fallen in love with this beautiful place. The location is great - perched on a hilltop in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary with magnificent views over Swaziland and its mountains. The panorama is breathtaking.
The feel of the lodge is like being a guest in someone's private home - no locked on the doors, small but cosy bedrooms (we stayed in the Garden Cottage both times), quaint bathrooms, comfortable and homely.
The surrounding gardens are beautiful, we spotted a lot of wildlife wandering around - small antelopes, bush babies, and many different types of birds.
Dinner is served with all other guests around a campfire with all the sounds of the bush and the wildlife. You get to meet some interesting people this way. I agree, however, with previous reviews that the quality of the food could be improved.
The service is excellent, staff so friendly and welcoming - especially Ruth. She gave us a big hug when we returned for our second visit - like long lost friends returning home! Lovely!
Highly recommended also the walking trails which you can do from the lodge. Well signposted, and lots of wildlife to see, in particular monkeys, zebra, antelope, wildebeest, lots of rare birds.
I feel privileged that I have been able to have this magical experience at Reilly's. Thank you very much - you will always have a special p,ace in my heart!

Room Tip: Try to get one of the luxury ensuite rooms in the main lodge. They are bigger, and have a fireplace...
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

The property is sort of cure and charming, yes the rooms need work but the staff go out of their way to see that you are happy. The dinner was nice around a fire and the breakfast with a superb view. Our kids had a few hundred bees in their room so on that basis they didnt enjoy it but it was a nice stop on the drive.

Room Tip: Ask if they have gotten rid of the bees before you get your room!
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

This lovely Colonial home has been in the same family since it was built and staying there you feel part of the family too. The staff are friendly, rooms very comfortable and the view is beautiful. Everything about it was good and it was really good value for money when compared with other places we stayed.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

A wonderful old lodge set in a game preserve. The staff is outstanding and our meals were very good. The bedroom was average, but the sitting room and dining area had a large comfortable feeling. The grounds around the lodge had numerous animals and the view from the terrace was beautiful. Getting up to the lodge on a dirt road that was not well marked was our only difficulty. No internet

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

I have stayed at Reilly's Rock hilltop lodge 7 or 8 times over the last 14 years and absolutely love it, but have never reviewed it. It is peaceful, quaint and in a stunning setting. It is wonderfull to be able to hike there amongst the zebra/various bucks/hippos and crocs (!) and I have in the past been on a horse back ride which is really special. The accommodation is simple, stylish and very comfortable and the gardens are beautiful with stunning views over the Ezulwini valley. Various buck and tortoise roam the grounds. The bushbabies come down from the trees to be fed every night and are hysterical to watch. The service provided by the small team is excellent. This is absolutely the place to go to get away from it all...it is good for the soul. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Africa has many one-of-a-kind lodges with breathtaking scenery and an opportunity to view wildlife. Reilly's Rock provides an intimate experience in a lodge setting that transported us to another era. Hospitality was warm and we felt welcome from the time we drove up. Bike rental was arranged for us at Mlilwane camp and we went for a ride amongst the wildebeests and warthogs before returning to Reilly's. Ask dusk fell, the bushbabies were handfed and we were invited to join in. We stayed in the cabin with two bedrooms, and when we returned from dinner, the fireplace was lit for us. The boma dinner was excellent, among the best steaks we had in Africa. We notified them ahead of time that one of our travelers is vegetarian, and a special meal was prepared. Duiker and steenbok roamed the grounds and after breakfast we walked up the trail past the gardens to enjoy a magnificent vista.

After several high-adrenaline adventures in Southern Africa, we are happy to have included the serenity of Reilly's Rock. This is a great place for families. We were sad to leave but so happy that we included Reilly's Rock in our itinerary.

Room Tip: The cabin is ideal for families or couples traveling together. There are few rooms available so boo...
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge

Address: | Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Mbabane, Swaziland
Region: Swaziland > Hhohho District > Mbabane
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Ranked #1 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Mbabane
Price Range: £116 - £151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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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