The city of Mbabane is found at the heart of Swaziland. The town had a growth spurt in1902 when the countries administrative center moved from Bremersdorp, The was named after a Chief, Mbabane Kunene, who lived in the area when British settlers arrived. The city is surrounded by a lush green landscape.
As with the rest of Swaziland, the town is focused on wildlife protection and conservation. You will find many endangered species in one of the many reserves that surround the town. And the wildlife thrives on the rich landscape & ecosystems of Swaziland.
The country’s people are warm, affectionate, and welcoming. The town also hosts the annual Reed Dance which takes place in late August or early September and is a ceremony that attracts young maidens from all over the Kingdom, providing the opportunity to honor the Queen Mother. Most participants are in their teenage years, although some of the girls are younger.
The town offers many activities like 4x4 and horseback tours the majestic mountain passes with rivers, waterfalls, and gorges; historic rock formations which are among some of the oldest on the planet; fertile farmed valleys, and the more typical African bush.
You can also visit local stores and purchase handcraft made by the locals who make a living from selling their creative baskets rainbow colors, wood and stone carvings, glassware, exquisite candles, batik items, jewelry, and much more.
The town offers many many types of accommodation from guest houses, beds, and breakfasts, backpackers as well as upmarket hotels, for those who want a bit of luxury.
A full passport valid for at least three months is required for entry into Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). For tourist visits, visas are NOT required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries.
The currency of Swaziland is Swazi Lilangeni and equals R1.00 or $0.04
The town like any major city has a host of restaurants where you can enjoy fresh farm-to-table cuisine.