Hostels in Malkerns, Swaziland

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 Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Malkerns

Sitting south-west of the MR3 highway between the large town of Manzini and the capital, Mbabane, the Malkerns valley is another of the must-see attractions of Swaziland. There are many minibuses leaving Manzini towards Bhunya and Mankayane in the valley and both of these give access to the wonderful Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary also. As for Malkerns hostels, there are choices in the immediate area including within the nature reserve itself.

The fertile Malkerns valley is the bread basket of Swaziland, providing the country with its sugarcane and pineapples among other fruit and vegetables, a lot of which can be seen on the roadside market stalls. Malandela's Farmhouse is one of the focal points of this area, as it is right by the MR18 roadside and functions as a restaurant, guesthouse, tour organizer and tourist information office all in one.

There are other hostels further west in Ezulwini valley that also make useful bases from which to visit Malkerns, particularly if you have your own transport. Aim for The Gables shopping mall where you'll find the hostels signposted. They are well established on the backpackers' circuit and it is easily possible to base yourself here and use public transport to visit Malkerns as there are many minibuses passing from Mbabane to either Bhunya or Mankayane. Like all hostels in Swaziland, these hostels have great facilities, though some are self-catering, so check in advance first. You will, however, be hard pushed to find reliable, cheap wi-fi in Swaziland.

Mlilwane Wildife Sanctuary, which is the focal point of Malkerns valley tourism is an essential stopover. It gives visitors the chance to walk in a nature reserve full of animals. There are many trails to cover on foot or horseback and there are always impala, buffalo, zebra, nyala and many birds to encounter as well as attempting the stiffer climbs up the hillsides, for majestic views over the Malkerns valley, over the ridge towards Mbabane and into Mantenga Nature Reserve.

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FAQ about Malkerns Hostels

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A hostel in Malkerns costs $10 for a dorm. A private room in a hostel in Malkerns costs $36. (based on price comparison)
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Sondzela Backpackers is the best hostel for partying in Malkerns.

It offers: Bar.

Malkerns Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Malkerns, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
2 Total number of hostels
$10 Average dorm price
$36 Average private room price
$10 Cheapest hostel in Malkerns
Sondzela Backpackers is the cheapest
1 Party hostels in Malkerns
Sondzela Backpackers is the best rated
8.4 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Lobamba (11 Km / 7 mi.)
Ezulwini (19 Km / 12 mi.)
Manzini (21 Km / 13 mi.)
Mbabane (28 Km / 18 mi.)
Hhelehhele (28 Km / 18 mi.)
Shewula (84 Km / 52 mi.)
Nelspruit (123 Km / 77 mi.)

Travel Tips for Malkerns - from the Community

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