Legends Backpacker Lodge is a fun, environmentally friendly and active hostel in Swaziland’s Ezulwini Valley, or 'Valley of the Heavens'. The hostel’s location ensures a close proximity to almost all of the region’s scenic, cultural and historical highlights, but especially for outdoor adventure activities, as Swazi Trails Adventures are right next door.
Legends has dormitory and private rooms as well as camping to choose from, and rates are aimed at accommodating budget travelers. Legends is also a great choice for budget group accommodation, as the hostel can hold up to 95 persons, and has a high-volume ablution facility with gas-powered geysers to ensure hot-water never runs out. School, volunteer, church, cultural, choir, and sport groups are all welcome.
Legends offer free capped wireless access to internet, and the option to buy additional data access. The camping area is well shaded with lighting and electricity points. Additional facilities includes a swimming pool, boma braai area, a conference room, TV lounge with sateilitte channels and both a self-catering and catered kitchen. There is also a bar facility and friendly local staff to add direction and inspiration for your daily adventures.
One hostel feature of particular pride is the recycling system. Legends aims to recycle most of their rubbish, as this is not common practice in Swaziland (yet). The hostel has separate bins for paper/cardboard, aluminum/tin, plastic and glass. In addition, they have a compost container for fruit and vegetable leftovers. Other sustainable practices include the use of solar panels, energy efficient light bulbs, and furniture made of recycled wood pallets.
The self-catering kitchen is well-equipped and the hostel is just a 10 minute walk from a large shopping centre. Naturally, there is a fine braai area as well but if you don't feel like cooking, not to worry! There are plenty of restaurants in the budget- and medium range to choose from, none of them longer than a 5 minute drive away.
Finally, for rainy (or just lazy days) Legends has DSTV, a bookshelf full of books to swap or purchase, or try your hand at table tennis.
Legends Backpacker Lodge is located in Swaziland's Ezulwini Valley. Mantenga itself is an area at the south-west of the Ezulwini area, lying roughly behind The Gables 'Pick 'n Pay' Centre.
GPS coordinates for Legends Backpacker Lodge - S 26° 26.351 E 31° 10.998 or (S 26°26'21.06" / S 31°10'59.88" in degrees, minutes, seconds).
See the position of Legends Backpackers below on our Swaziland and Ezulwini maps. Scroll down to see directions by road under the Getting There tab.
If you are arriving by public transport: get a minibus from Mbabane or Manzini to "Gables - Ezulwini". Walk up the "IN" entrance ramp to The Gables Shopping Centre. As you reach the top of the ramp, head behind the mall complex by passing between white Cape Dutch-styled building ahead, and the main mall building on your right. Exit the centre via the Service Entrance road. Take a right on Mantenga Drive and walk uphill 400m. Turn left towards Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre, Swazi Trails and the Tourist Information Centre - and Legends is the 1st property on the left. Pull off your backpack and relax!
Hotel Address: #1 Mantenga Falls Drive, Ezulwini Valley
Directions to Legends Backpackers from the north (Mbabane direction) travel south and branch off the MR3 highway onto the MR103 after reaching the bottom of the Malagwane Hill hill (big descent outside Mbabane). The MR103 is the old Ezulwini Road and runs roughly parallel to the highway. Fly-off left, cross over and head through Ezulwini.
Pass the Royal Swazi Sun Hotel. Approx 2.7 km past the hotel you will see a sign that reads "Mantenga Craft Centre" - turn right here and follow the signs. Approx 1 km further on turn right onto a dirt road, Legends Backpacker Lodge is on the left just after Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre & Swazi Trails.
Directions to Legends Backpackers from the south (Manzini direction)
From Manzini head north on the MR3. Pass Sidvokodvo, airport, Matsapha and Lozitha fly-off's. At the Lobamba off-ramp, take the fly-off left and then go left again crossing the Lusushwana River. Carry on past the National Stadium (on your right) and then exit the small traffic circle at 1 'o clock. At the next intersection turn right on the MR103. Cross the Lusushwana River again. Then after approx. 400m turn left at the first tar road (if you reach Pick 'n Pay you've gone too far). 150m further on turn right and climb the hill. After approximately 700m turn left on a dirt road, Legends Backpacker Lodge is on the left just after Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre & Swazi Trails.
Directions to Legends Backpackers from Malkerns area / Mlilwane -
Get out onto the MR103 - the old Ezulwini road and head north, passing Lobamba (with a Caltex Service Station, King Sobhuza Memorial Park and National Stadium visible on the right). Cross a bridge over the Lusushwana River, then after approx. 400m turn left at the first tar road (if you reach Pick 'n Pay you've gone too far). 150m further on turn right and climb the hill. After approximately 700m turn left on a dirt road, Legends Backpacker Lodge is on the left just after Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre & Swazi Trails.
If you have any difficulty in finding Legends please call us on +268 24161870 or cell: +268 76191531 (also WhatsApp and SMS).