Mbabane, with its population of 76,218, is the capital city of Swaziland and
named after Chief Mbabane Kunene, the area's leader when first visited by
Although a capital city in name, Mbabane is little more than a couple of
streets with shops, banks, garage and a post office and hotel/guest houses
together with a market and bus and taxi stops.
on the Mbabane River, Mbabane (pronounced "M-buh-ban") is nestled within the
Dlangeni hills and serves as the country's administrative centre. As the town
has little to offer itself, tourists tend to use it as a base for exploring
the wider country of Swaziland. If visiting Mbabane check out the
Indingilizi Gallery with its art and craftwork, the Sibebe Rock a couple of
miles north-east of the town, factories that make traditional hand-made Swazi
candles and spend an evening at Jazz Friends a popular 'hot spot' to relax
with African music. The 18 hole golf course on the main Mbabane road will
appeal to golfers being described as having "one of the most scenic locations
found anywhere in the world."
Further afield, visit Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
(above), created in the 1950s, on the old road to Manzini where antelopes,
zebras, giraffes, warthogs as well as crocodiles and hippos can be found.
About 13 miles from Mbabana you'll find the royal village of Lobamba,
Swaziland's traditional and legislative capital and the seat of Parliament.
Just beyond this very traditional village with its beehive grass huts you will
find the Swazi National Museum and the Embo State palace as well as the
Somhlolo National Stadium.