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.
Locally owned and operated by Darron and Anita Raw (of Swazi Trails), the lodge is run on a day to day basis by lodge "mama" Buhle Dlamini on the day shift and Nombuyiselo Nxumalo and Nelsiwe Dlamini most often in the evenings.
This accommodation provider has taken action to address one or more issues (whether environmental, social or cultural) which will contribute positively to the long term viability of the destination and hence their site displays a Caring for the destination rating.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
Legends is well integrated into its surrounding community and provides a base for many volunteer activities that assist social and environmental development. Internally the lodge is active in recycling, composting and uses energy-saving policies such as automatic sensors for lights.
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
Since March 2011, Legends Backpacker Lodge has established a garbage recycling system. Most of Swaziland’s refuse unfortunately still ends up in landfills. So, in order to preserve the country’s natural environment the lodge tries to do its bit to break through this habit. Every guest receives an explanation of the system upon checking in at Legends: how and where they separate out paper/cardboard, tin, plastic, and glass, as well as compost for the garden. The staff then personally brings the separated garbage into a recycling depot to make sure it is processed properly.
In general, Legends Backpackers has energy saving policies in place and they encourage their guests to preserve resources.