Formally the home of Mickey Reilly, one of Swaziland's earliest white settlers and a highly entrepreneurial man, the main building was built of stone in exchange for an ox-wagon in the early 1900's.
The house has remained in the family and has recently been transformed into a unique hilltop lodge tastefully decorated in keeping with its colonial roots. Notwithstanding the necessary subtle additions and renovations, the house still stands as it was built almost a century ago.
Reilly's Rock is situated on the Mlilwane Hill within the tranquil safety of Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, approximately 3 km from the Rest Camp and 1.5 km from the Sangweni Entrance Gate.
The lodge is surrounded by beautiful natural gardens and terraced lawns, with a unique panoramic view of the Ezulwini Valley, complete with game-studded plains, Royal Residences and the distant sacred Mdzimba Mountain range. Tame animals wander across the lawns, bush babies pratically own the place, and the Swazi national bird, the Purple-crested Turaco, drinks daily at the natural rock bird bath.
Ruth Mamba and her team make sure that all guests are well taken care of. She assists information on things to do both on and off the park.
Ted Reilly himself is also a regular visitor and more often than not you will find this quietly-spoken and sun-bleached man enjoying the peace and tranquility of his original family home. Although now approaching his 70's he is extremely active in conservation management and show an interest in nature conservation and you will be entertained for hours.
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.
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We are in line with the mission of the Big Game Parks; promoting environmental literacy, ecological viability and protecting bio-diversity. Reilly's Rock is committed to preserving the environment and the rich diversity of the wildlife, which is our natural heritage.