Swaziland Things to Do

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Swaziland Things to Do

  • Matenga falls

    We walked about half a mile up the side of a mountain to see a waterfall. Trees had fallen in places, however these trees had been chopped down for their wood rather than for safety reasons. On the walk there you could see evergreen forest with the hint of a waterfall right at the back. The odd thing was the place was quiet. You couldn’t hear the...

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  • Swazi Village

    The village comprises 16 beehive shaped grass and reed huts, all built with traditional materialsA Swazi guide dressed in traditional costume welcomes visitors to the villageAs visitors are led through the village, the guide will provide a glimpse into the day to day village life of the time. And he showed us inside the hut, they use to sleep on...

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  • The Mantenga Cultural Village

    Known by the Siswati name of Ligugu Lemswati meaning “the pride of the Swazi people”, the Mantenga Cultural Village is a worthwhile to visit for anyone wanting to learn more about the Swazi CultureWhilst traditions are still followed in Swaziland, modern influences have had an impact on traditional ways. The main aim of the village is to enable all...

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  • Deepest rural Swaziland - Mbuluzi

    Mbuluzi Clinic is a very rural clinic several kilometers outside Mbabane where The Salvation Army ran a clinic twice a week. We often found cattle in the clinic garden. The main purpose of the clinic was pre-and postnatal care, but it also did general work. Many of the people deep in the rural areas do not speak English, so it was a time of great...

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  • Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - Part 2

    THE REILLY FAMILYThe Reilly Family created Mlilwane Game Sanctuary in Swazialnad to help restore the wildlife that was depleted in Swaziland in the past. James Reilly settled at Mlilwane in 1906 and began to mine tin. He became the largest employer of industrial labour in the country and introduced electricity to Swaziland. He was known the locals...

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  • Hlane Royal National Park

    What a terrific park. We actually ended up liking this park ore than the Kruger! It was so isolated and rustic! We stayed in the park in a hut that had no electricity, was within a stones throw to a water hole. In this waterhole we were treated to a rhino and her baby and several elephants!! It was one of my favorite places that we stayed. Although...

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  • Swazi Candles

    An absolute must is a visit to the Swazi Candles Craft Center. It is great to see how the candles are shaped by hand. And the candles do make nice souvenirs.The craft center hosts next to the candle factory also wood carvers, a batik shop and more.

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  • Mantenga Cultural Village

    At the Mantenga Cultural Village you can see how the Swazi people used to live. It is all brought in a way like they still live there, but i doubt that.It was just nice to see how the hut were build, the food was cooked and to hear about the traditional ways. Our guide, a young Swazi girl, told us all about the customs around marriage. How the girl...

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  • Ngwenya glass

    Near the border at Ngwenya you can visit a glass factory. Here they make the most beautiful things from recycled glass. There is a balcony from which you see the melting and blowing of the glass below you.There is a shop that sell the glassware. All purchases are safely packed in paper and a carton box. Our glasses made it home in our weekend bag...

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  • Hlane Royal National Park

    Hlane Royal National Park is Swaziland's primary game park, featuring the usual array of animals, including elephants, rhinos, lions, hippos, leapoards, and giraffes. The park is especially known for its rhinos. You can tour the park in your own vehicle or through ranger-led game drives. The ranger-led drives are done both with vehicles and as...

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  • Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - Part 1

    Would you like to take the family to stay inside a real Game Park and not worry about being eaten by the animals? Mlilwane is a fantastic place to stay and visit and there are no man-eating inhabitants. In fact you can go on walks at night and see animals you might not see otherwise like Bush Babies. Mlilwane means Little Fire, after the numerous...

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  • Summerfield Botanical Gardens

    Unfortunately the Main Lodge was closed on the day we visited, but I managed to take some photographs.It is worth a visit even when the shops are shut.Plenty of Mango trees and cycads.The restaurant has a beautiful setting over a lake.

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  • Execution Rock

    Execution Rock is another unique rock that overlooks the Ezulwini Valley.The rock derives its name from the custom of a century ago, when wrongdoers accused of crimes such as witchcraft and murder were made to walk to the summit and plunge to their deaths (How awful) But I suppose it fits the crime.This venture inevitably required some assistance...

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  • Mantenga Experience

    Visit the Mantenga Craft Centre with its fascinating shops that offer a wide variety of local art and craft items, or books for an adventure adrenalin sport or a safari at Swazi Trails. There is a tourism information office in the centre and nearby is Backpacker Lodge, a popular stopover with the young.Within the Mantenga Nature Reserve is the...

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  • Malolotja Nature Reserve

    This is a mational park or nature reserve located somewhere in the north west of Swaziland by the South African border. It is a beautiful mountain area with excellent views and landscape and very good for hiking.

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  • Mlawula Nature Reserve

    This is small Nature Reserve is located by the border with Mozambique. It is not far from the border cross with South Africa.

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  • Malolotja - Songimvelo Conservation

    This Songimvelo Conservation and Songimvelo Game Reserveis connected with the Malolotja Nature Reserve, a research centre in the centre of Swaziland. It is good for game viewing and bird watching.

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  • BRAAI

    A Braai is social happening and culinary experience you will find here in Swaziland. The word Braai (rhymes with ‘cry’) is Afrikaans for ‘barbecue’ or ‘roast’. To me it translates as simply delicious. You also get to burn stuff to make your meal. Most grocery stores have all your Braai supplies. That includes firewood. It gives you a chance to...

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  • THE WARTHOG

    They look fierce, but just about every other animal eats these poor guys including snakes! That’s probably why I have so many pohotos of them running away. They love mud and are usually found near water holes. If you are on safari and looking for lions and other predators, this is a good sign. Find them and there should be a predator nearby.

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  • THE ANNUAL REED DANCE - FACT 1

    Known as the Umhlanga or Reed DanceIt is an incredibel 8 day ceremony where young girls cut reeds and present them to the Queen Mother and then dance. The festival takes place evry year in late August or early September. Only unmarried girls without kids can participate. The aims of this massive ceremony are to:1. Preserve giris' chastity2. Provide...

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  • THE ANNUAL REED DANCE - FACT 4

    You need a government permit to take pictures at the Reed Festival. Don't think you can just show up and wonder around and take photos - you can't. This is an ancient and sacred ceremony that has to be treated with great respect. And they have plenty of security. Plan ahead if you wish to attend.

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  • THE ANNUAL REED DANCE - FACT 3

    You just cannot escape this fact. Up to, and possibly over, 50,000 young women dance either with one breast exposed - or both. That is 100,000 breasts. There are elaborate dances, ceremonies, costumes and pagentry. The reason this ceremony is so famous and photographed is obvious. Unfortunately it obscures the reason and traditions for many...

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  • THE ANNUAL REED DANCE - FACT 2

    At the end of the Ceremony the king is allowed to pick one of the maidens to be one (of his many) wives. The current King, Mswati III, choose a 16 year old girl in 2004 to be wife number 12. Each wife gets their own house, servants and a BMW. Girls do not have to attend the ceremony, but getting married to the King is a sever possibility. He is a...

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  • Manzini

    Maybe the only reason spending a night here in Manzini, is to wait for the long-distance buses or catch a plane at Matsapha Airport nearby. Manzini is the business center of Swailand, a transportation hub both for domestic and international routes. So westernized, with lots of shopping complexes/malls, chain restaurants like KFC and Pizza Hut....

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  • Swazi Cultural Village

    Swazi Cultural Village near Lobamba is a place that you have to see when visiting Swaziland! See my Lobamba page for more information:http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/7e849/221c9e/0/

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  • Game viewing near Lobamba

    Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary near Lobamba is a nice place for seeing African animals and staying a night at traditional Swazi hut. For more info:members.virtualtourist.com/m/7e849/221c9e/4/

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  • Mkhaya Game Reserve

    Another Swazi's National Park...unlike the famous 'Godfather' Kruger Park which is turning to be too commercial, Mkhaya is yet untouched. You can expect to see 3 of the Big Five here; Rhinos (lots of'em), buffaloes, and elephants....too bad there're no CATS in this park. Day-tour and overnight stay available, advance booking needed. It was a great...

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  • Mantenga Craft Center

    If you're thinking about buying something back home for souvenirs, here's the place. As you deal directly with the crafters themselves, the price is somewhat really acceptable. From small tiny little pieces of wood and silverwork to large-scale sculptures.+a short cultural walking trail at the Mantenga Lodge.Swazi Trails office (tour agency) at one...

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  • The famous Manzini market

    Very colorful and vibrant, but can be a little too busy sometimes. This is the place where all the trading activities going on. The flux of agricultural and other products from all over Africa. - What makes this market so unique and is 'a must' whenever you're here in Manzini. Located just behind the main bus station, with endless array of stalls,...

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  • Mlilwane Wildlife Sunctuary

    A perfect trail for up-close animal viewing (antelopes, zebras, hippos, warthogs, ostriches, all kinds of harmless ones) Spend a whole day walking or cycling around the park, (and a visit to Umphakatsi Chief's Village) and a short evening break to Ezulwini Valley nearby. And as the senset, there's a huge BBQ facility right at the heart of the rest...

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  • Visit Umphakatsi Cheif's Village

    Mlilwane Wildlife Sunctuary also offers a visit to traditional Swazi's village.Though you all might know there's no such thing nowadays. This is pretty much like role-playing characters, or 'fake' in a short word. But still worth seeing anyways. You'll be taken into an old-school way-of-life of traditional Swazi people; the beehive huts, singing...

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  • The national monuments at Lobamba

    Lobamba is the home of the national museum, the parliament house and King Sobhuza II Memorial and surely worth a visit. Check out my Lobamba page athttp://members.virtualtourist.com/m/7e849/221c9e/

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  • Mbabne, the capital

    Admittedly, Mbabane is not one of the most inspiring capital cities in the world. Anyway, I think it's worth a visit, if for nothing else for seeing the Swazi Market . Check out my Mbabne page athttp://members.virtualtourist.com/m/i/890f4/

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  • Nsangwini Rock Art

    Bushman paintings offer a unique glimpse into a mysterious way of life shrounded in mystery that is between four hundred and four thousand years old. Bantu speaking people first arrived in Swaziland in about 450 AD from the north, this is the only known Bushman painting of them with cattle and sheep in Swaziland.The caves was once the site of...

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  • Horse trails

    There are plenty of opportunities to experience Horse riding in Swaziland as there are many operators scattered all over. I have personally done this a few times and while I wouldnt describe it as an adrenaline rush I would certainly say it is a fantastic experience all the same

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  • The Cultural Village

    The Cultural Village is a living museum of all things traditional and represents classical Swazi Lifestyle during the 1850’s. The objective of the village is to enable Swazi’s from all corners of the country to reach out to it and maintain a positive interest on their cultural heritage including; language; customs; practices; rituals; dance; music;...

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  • The Ezulwini Valley

    The "Heavenly Place", in the Middleveld, turn to the Timbali Caravan Park, the "Cuddle puddle", the Royal Swazi Sun Hotel and Casino Complex, Mantenga Craft, the Mantenga Lodge and the Mlilwane Game Sanctuary are all to the right of the road.The Lobamba has been the spiritual capital of the Swazi Nation for around 150 years and is the site of the...

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  • Eastern Swaziland

    The eastern half of Swaziland, comprising the Lowveld and Lubombo geographical regions, is largely devoted to cattle ranching and the production of sugar.The area is also home to three of Swaziland's nature reserves; Hlane, straddling the main road between Tshaneni and Siteki; nearby Mlawula, on the Mocambique border; and Mkhaya, close to...

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  • Nhlangano and the South

    From the junction on the main route between Manzini and Matsapha, a good tar road leads to the South. After Sidvokodvo the journey is through the Grand Valley, with rural scenes of traditional Swazi Homesteads. Truly splendid mountain vista's may be seen, especially as the road climbs out of the valley near Hlatikhulu.Nhlangano, meaning "Meeting...

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  • Piggs Peak and the Northern Region

    Turning to the north, from the main road between Mbabane and the Ngwenya border post, is a tarred and cleverly engineered road which leads to some of the finest scenery in Swaziland.To the left of the road and extending along the border is the Malalotja Nature Reserve. The entrance is close to the Forbes Reef, the remains of an early gold mining...

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  • Mkhaya Game Reserve

    In the southeast of Swaziland, the heart of the lowveld lies an unspoilt wilderness, haven to endangered species who roam the magnificent African bush. Mkhaya was established in 1979 to save the pure Nguni breed of cattle from extinction and is a proclaimed Nature Reserve. Its focus has expanded over the years to include other endangered species...

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  • Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

    Mlilwane, Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area, is a beautiful, secluded sanctuary situated in Swaziland’s “Valley of Heaven”, the Ezulwini Valley, in between Mbabane and Manzini. With 24-hour access to the Sanctuary, guests are free to enjoy the neighbouring tourist hubs of Ezulwini and Malkerns, with their many unique attractions and craft...

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  • Hlane Royal National Park

    In the vast bushveld expanse of eastern Swaziland where the hot, still sun of Africa beats on the dry but life-giving soils as it has for thousands of years, and the rumbling roars of the lions are heard in the cool dusky evenings, lies Swaziland’s largest protected area, Hlane Royal National Park, home to the largest herds of game in the Kingdom....

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  • Big Game Parks

    Game drives in your own car or guided tours in landrovers. Mlilwane - smaller game (antelope, zebras, warthogs, birds, etc.) - you can drive through in your own car, there is a large rest camp with accommodation, food, souvenir shop, swimming pool. Hlane - Royal game park of the king with big game (lions, elephant, cheetah, etc.) - rest camp....

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  • Swazi warriors

    We really enjoyed the dance in theSwazi village. It may not have as professional as the one we later saw in the Zulu village but it was more charming.

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