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Swaziland is an exciting country which teems with a huge variety of places to see,

 

  • Bushmen (San) paintings,
  • arts and crafts
  • magnificent waterfalls
  • he famous Swazi Candles.
  • Game Parks
  • cultural experiences

 

 

BUSHMAN PAINTINGS

Bushmen paintings in Swaziloand

Nsangwini in the northern Hhohho region in the area of Chief Molwane Dlamini, paintings are damaged and fading.
Sandlane paintings still in reasonably good condition can be seen at Sandlane, about 1km from the Sandlane border post.
Dlangeni next to Shiyabedla Gama’s home there are other paintings that have at least two eland that are clear but the other animals have faded.  
Maguga dam area one of the paintings that would have been covered by the dam will be saved.  

San paintings in Swaziland

Other rock painting site have been identified in the Ezulwini Valley near Sheba’s Breasts at kuthandeni, at Nkaba near the Luyane Stream on the banks of Mpetsane stream near the Ngwempisane river at Ntfungula mountain and in the environs of Gege.

 

Contact Swazi Candles

PO Box 172

Malkerns

Swaziland

 

Tel: (+268) 2528 3219

Fax: (+268) 2528 3135

Swazi Candles, situated in the Malkerns Valley in the Kingdom of Swaziland, has been producing fine handmade candles since 1981.

 

Our artists and craftsmen produce unique candle designs which are reknowned throughout the world.

 

We are proud to say each is still made and finished by hand and no two are the same!

 

NGWENYA GLASS

NGWENYA GLASS

 

 

Contact Ngwenya Glass in Swaziland

P.O.Box 45

Motshane

Swaziland

Tel : +00268 2242 4053

Tel : +00268 24424142

At Ngwenya Glass, a small group of Swazi craftsmen and women - with age old artistry - breath life into enchanting interpretations of the animals and birds of Africa, imbuing each with its own irresistible personality.

 

 

Contact details for Thompsons Tours

Tel: 013-790 0401
Fax: 013-7900406
Cell: 00 27 0829263716

Email:

corinna.louw@thompsons.co.za
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  • Stunning scenic drive over the Maguga Dam Wall.
  • Nsangwini Rock Art. Learn about the origins of the Swazi people from Bushman paintings dramatically perched above the scenic Komati River.
  • Ngwenya Mine – one of the oldest mines in the world 42,000 years old!
  • Shop at Ngwenya Glass – watch highly skilled glass blowers at work
  • Walking shoes essential

 

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CULTURAL VILLAGES

Contact Mantenga Cultural Village

The Cultural Village is open to visitors every day from 8 am to 5 pm.

The traditional dances are held at 11.15 and 15.15 every day.

LOCATION : Ezulwini Valley, 10km from Mvubu Falls Lodge.

Join the vibrant Swazi song and dance performances while the pulsating rhythms of African drums fill your inner spirit with a sense of belonging.

 

The Mantenga Cultural Village is a mini complex of sixteen huts, each with its own specific purpose, kraals and byres for cattle and goats, reed fences that serve as windbreaks, and various other structures.

 

GAME RESERVES back to top

Swaziland's big game parks manages three game reserves in the whole of Swaziland that is Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildelife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve. Mlilwane is said to be the first game reserve in the Kingdom and Hlane was the second.

 

Hlane Royal National Park is the largest in Swaziland and the best park if you want to see the big five that is the leopard, lion, cheetah, elephant, and lots of other animals. You can have a unique experience by viewing the wildlife by foot also wildlife viewing by vehicle is provided.

The national park also provides catered and self catering accommodation. Also there are other things to do while in the park such as bird watching, wildlife viewing, camping, game viewing, guided walking safaris, guided mountain biking trails and cultural tours.

 

Luphohlo Recreational Park

Community driven project CO-ordinates: 26º 23’48”S31º5’59”E Location: West of Mbabane city Fee: E30 per person Facilities: Luphohlo Dam, picnic spot, secure parking, seating, braai area, fishing, ablution facilities and boating (boats not provided) Bookings: Swazi Tourism Authority

 

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Swaziland’s wildlife pioneer conservation area. At Ezulwini in between the Capital Town of Swaziland Mbabane and Manzini as the biggest city in Swaziland there lies a beautiful quiet sanctuary-Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

Our visitors can relax on our peaceful rest camps within the Hippo Haunt Restaurant and Bar with picnic areas and a large swimming pool. There is something for everyone for the adventurous Mlilwane provides adventure and craft tours, game viewing and for the vehicle fanatics horse trails and mountain biking is available and also for the not so wild self guided walking trails is also available.


Mkhaya Game Reserve a very small area, but definitely worth visiting. Mkhaya game reserve is located in eastern part of Swaziland. This is the place to see black and white Rhinos. Spending a night in this reserve is worth it, they have luxurious tent camps. There is also game viewing on open land rovers.

Advanced booking is advanced for all day tours and overnight stays.

 

The Batimba National Hunt

The King call the Batimba traditionally. The hunt takes place in an adjourning dispersal area outside the park which is situated in the royal animal sanctuary North East of the country at the Hlane Royal National Park. This is sustainable conservation at its best. The hunt marks the culling season in the park and the ceremony unifies the regiments of the Swazi nation. It does not take place every year as in the past. The hunt begins on a Thursday and lasts up to the following week ending on Wednesday. During the hunt, song , dance and rituals are performed according to Swazi culture. Traditionally the hunting season is considered closed during the last week of August when the hunt takes place. This hunt normally precedes the Umhlanga Ceremony.

 

The Sacred Mantjolo Pool

A little north-west of Mbabane, Mantjolo, under its calm waters resides the entire Mnisi ancestral clan. According to traditional belief, it is believed that when a member of the Mnisi family passes on, the spirit of that person lives at the bottom of the sacred pool in a world that is similar to the world we live in. It is a known fact that the level of the pool never varies in spite of drought, heavy rains and a white farmer who utilized the pool as part of his irrigation system. The sacred Mantjolo pool is a national monument in Swaziland. King Sobhuza 11 recognized the sacred nature of the pool and permission was granted to the Mnisi clan to have large gatherings in the area. He also provided slaughtered cows for the occasions. Only the Mnisi’s can petition the spirits of the pool. The spirits have the power to create violent thunder or hail storms and can prove petitions intentions of having bad intentions or as “Muti” traditional medicine for greed. The pool becomes cloudy or suddenly rippled with no wind present or other obvious disturbances in showing its displease. Sudden thunderstorms and hail storms can destroy crops or property of the offender and he may expect severe consequences especially if they are not a Mnisi are foretold by those used to “reading” the pond. The test of leadership was simple to determine all pretenders too the kingship. They were to enter the pool and submerge a burning candle or torch. The person who emerged the candle or torch alight was then hailed as a new leader. The Mnisi clan is the guardians of the sacred pool.

 

MUSEUMS back to top

King Sobhuza II Memorial Park in Swaziland

King Sobhuza II Memorial Park is Swaziland’s national museum which gives an introduction to the history and of the Swazi cultural values, Swazi origins, their routines and traditional clothing. The traditional dress for man mainly includes "emahiya" the lion cloth and women usually wear a lion apron and a cloak together with a skin skirt.

Necklaces, anklets and beads are usually used by both men and women to decorate themselves.
Old photographs that depict the Swazi history are placed next to the displaying cabinet with detailed description. King Sobhuza II Memorial Park is located at the Royal Area at Lobamba.

For further information the Swaziland National Commission can be contacted through

King Sobhuza II Memorial Park in Swaziland

 

MAGUGA DAM back to top

Come and enjoy a water outing at Maguga Dam. This is the newest activity launched by Swaziland's adventure specialists. also part of the E2 billion development of the Komati River basin, a joint project with South Africa.
The dam has opened job opportunities for most swazi people around Piggs Peak.
Maguga dam is in the Nkomazi river along the Piggs Peak and Mbabane corridor. a wounderful place to experince a peacful and enjoyable moment in the water flanked by gigantic mountains on both sides. a wonderfull place where you can take pictures as a Souvenir.

Maguga Dam in Swaziland

 

PHOPHONYANE FALLS back to top

The phophonyane waterfall is situated at Piggs Peak.

 

Come and enjoy the peaceful envoronment while gazing at the stream fall along the rocks of phophonyane.

Phophonyane Falls in Swaziland

 

The Gables Shopping Center – Hosting a variety of shops selling various curios and clothing etc. Supermarket, restaurants and ATM’s are also on site. Ezulwini Valley, Swaziland.

 

Ezulwini Craft Market – An abundance of handcrafted goods and souvenirs sold by local people. Ezulwini Valley, Swaziland.

 

Guava Gallery – Stunning jewelry, various curios and select arts and crafts. Ezulwini Valley, Swaziland. Tel: 404 2106

 

Malandelas – Farmhouse restaurant set in lovely grounds and alongside a handful of delightful shops that sell a variety of handcrafted goods. Malkerns Valley, Swaziland.

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