Mbabane Profile

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 European explorers. 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.

Mlilwane Wildlife SanctuaryLocated 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.


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Mbabane Profile

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