10 Things to Do in Mbabane That You Shouldn't Miss

November 7, 2017 Stefan Strunk

Mbabane (/ˌʌmbɑːˈbɑːneɪ/; Swazi: ÉMbábáne) is the capital and largest city in Swaziland. With an estimated population of 94,874 (2010), it is located on the Mbabane River and its tributary the Polinjane River in the Mdzimba Mountains. It is located in the Hhohho Region, of which it is also the capital. The average elevation of the city is 1243 meters. It lies on the MR3 road.
Restaurants in Mbabane

1. Royal Swazi Spa

Old Mbabane/Manzini Main Rd, Mbabane H100, Swaziland +268 2416 5000
Excellent
31%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 93 reviews

Royal Swazi Spa

Set in the natural tranquility of the Ezulwini Valley, the trio of the Royal Swazi Spa Valley beckons guests from all corners of the world. The complex consists of the elegant Royal Swazi Spa, Ezulwini Sun, as well as the Lugogo Sun. The Casino is situated within the Royal Swazi Sun. Residents of the Royal Swazi Sun, Ezulwini Sun and Lugogo Sun, have free access to the Casino upon presentation of their hotel resident cards.

Reviewed By Beeth0veen - Jerusalem District, Israel

The hotel is tired and will be removed from our list of places to stay. The shower barely worked, the plug in the basin did not fit too large, really fun shaving. Bed switches for room broken and safe not bolted in anymore, cupboards. Carpets and rooms old. The planters Restuarant that was brilliant has now moved into the average category at best, breakfast average. But pricing expensive, this is a classic case of something being great and now mismanaged and poorly maintained

2. Mkhaya Endangered Species

Main Road, Mbabane H100, Swaziland
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Mkhaya Endangered Species

Swaziland has a rich history, and provides a myriad of activities to suit each individual preference. Join us on a great adventure! The Mkhaya Endangered Species outing includes spending a full day in an open Landrover watching black rhino, elephant, buffalo, tsesebe, giraffe and much more. Enjoy a waterhole refreshment stop and a venison lunch in an exclusive bush camp.

Reviewed By td2traveller - Northallerton, United Kingdom

We saw everything we had come for Rhino, hippo, giraffe, zebra and were in an open land rover, when we saw a tortoise moving relatively quickly. Ah the guide said when the tortoise moves like that we will have rain. We did that is life. Go there whatever the weather.

3. Traditional Swazi Craft Markets

Main Road, Mbabane H100, Swaziland 268 416 5000
Excellent
22%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 44 reviews

Traditional Swazi Craft Markets

Swaziland has a rich history, and provides a myriad of activities to suit each individual preference. But there is so much more to explore! Shops such as Traditional Swazi Craft Markets will definitely appeal to all. There are two traditional Swazi craft markets close by - one at the Royal Swazi Sun's entrance, and another along the main road, next to the Ezulwini Sun.

Reviewed By kdgarlipp - Pretoria, South Africa

Whilst this type of appearance may have been acceptable 20 years ago, the local tourism industry should do something about the appearance of these markets. The stock is repetitive and prices fixed. These markets are for foreigners who want something from Africa. The dresses were all oversized.

4. Swazi Art & Craft

Main Road, Mbabane H100, Swaziland
Excellent
37%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 24 reviews

Swaziland has a rich history, and provides a myriad of activities to suit each individual preference. Experience Swazi arts and crafts by spending a half-day visiting the variety of markets in Ezulwini Mantenga, Mlilwane and Malkerns, including the unique Candle Factory. An alternative route can be taken via Ezulwini Valley up to Mbabane City, Motshane and the Ngwenya Glass Factory where one can see the Swazi glass blowers exercising their skills.

Reviewed By kimbaj - Maputo Province, Mozambique

Unfortunately it was raining when we were there so all the outdoor vendors were closed, but there were still enough shops to buy goodies. Our favorite was the Swazi candles, such beautiful designs, and the baobab batik is stunning. The café makes delicious food, so plan your trip for lunch.

5. Lugogo Sun

Main Road, Mbabane H100, Swaziland + 268 -416 5000
Excellent
20%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
15%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 40 reviews

Lugogo Sun

At the end of a short journey, awaits Africa’s jewel – the kingdom of Swaziland, one of the three remaining monarchies in Africa. His Majesty King Mswati III invites you to experience the majestic wonder of his country & the hospitality of all his people. One of Africa’s best kept secrets, Swaziland’s mountainous grandeur, lush Forests, and the fertile Valleys of the African lowveld will take you back to the days before time existed.The Royal Swazi Spa, Ezulwini Sun and Lugogo Sun are situated in the lush Royal Swazi Spa Valley. Only a 5 minute courtesy shuttle drive from one another, they offer you the chance to enjoy all the superb facilities and activities on offer. Beyond the classic pursuits like tennis, volleyball, lawn bowls, squash and snooker, there are a number of fascinating historical, cultural, wildlife and adventure trails to explore at your leisure. From a magnificent 18-hole golf course, a tranquil spa, a vibrant casino and a variety of fantastic restaurants to the fully supervised children’s club, Kamp Kwena, what more could you ask for?

Reviewed By Marpeacock - Cape Town, South Africa

We enjoyed a very pleasant stay at this old, but friendly and welcoming hotel valley..It is is not luxurious but very clean and neat, and the staff are very helpful. The dinner buffet offers a splendid variety and the breakfasts are good. The atmosphere in the bar is pleasant and relaxing. We can recommend this hotel.

6. Mlilwane Hogs & Hippo Trail

Main Road, Mbabane H100, Swaziland
Excellent
47%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Mlilwane Hogs & Hippo Trail

Swaziland has a rich history, and provides a myriad of activities to suit each individual preference. But there is so much more to explore! We invite you to join us on the Mlilwane Hogs and Hippo Trail. Enjoy half a day of stunning scenery and witness a hippo spectacle with abundant bird and wildlife viewing. This trail includes a stop at craft centres and a rest camp with light refreshments.

Reviewed By szpilling - Namur

Good food, excellent facilities, friendly service. Animals wandering through the camp, a wide choice of activities, open air dinners overlooking the hippo pool, clean well appointed accommodation, camping and self catering available. Overall a very pleasant place to visit, to be highly recommended.

7. Sibebe Rock

Sibebe, Mbabane H100, Swaziland
Excellent
43%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
17%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Sibebe Rock

Reviewed By dmittleman - Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Located in a side valley outside of Mbabane, this mountain chain has a huge amount of exposed granite. It is quite beautiful and very photogenic. You can climb Sibebe Rock (or trek in the area) with a guide. Don't try it on your own.

8. Hlane Big Cats

Main Road, Mbabane H100, Swaziland
Excellent
48%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Hlane Big Cats

Swaziland has a rich history, and provides a myriad of activities to suit each individual preference. But there is so much more to enjoy! Join us in tracking lions on the Hlane Big Cats tour. This includes a full day tracking lion, cheetah and leopard in the Hlane Royal National Park, with an optional walking safari. Lunch and light refreshments are served.

Reviewed By LazenbyPretoria - Pretoria

My wife and I had the very awesome oppertunity to have stayed at this nature reserve once. We stayed in the camp with the restaurant and the oil lamps as they don't have electricity in this camp. The hippos were about 150 meters away from us only seperated by a 4 foot high electric fence. Throughout the night we you could hear them. I sat late into the night at the fire and listen to the sounds of the night. The next day we took a game drive in an open ranger vehicle, got very close to lions, elephants, saw plenty of game and had a great time. I recommend you go there and stay a night or two at the camp without electricity and experience Africa as you should without 21st century luxury.The 8 sleeper chalets were very affordable at R400.00 per night. The restaurant food was good enough for me being the person that I am.

9. Mbabane Market

Allister Miller Street, Mbabane H100, Swaziland
Excellent
20%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
36%
Poor
12%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 25 reviews

Mbabane Market

Reviewed By Leo S - Eindhoven, The Netherlands

nice stay, friendly, pleasant scenery Visit also the Cultural village, with dance and music, 2 times a day, great to recommend

10. Siyeswatini TransMagnific

Mbabane, Swaziland +268 2404 9977
Excellent
31%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
15%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 19 reviews

Luxury affordable transportation between Johannesburg and Swaziland every day. Three trips a day, seven days a week no matter the weather. Reclining Seats, internet, complimentary drink and snack, individual air-conditioning, remote payment options. Timely departures, efficient & reliable service. Comfort and Convenience.

Reviewed By lidbetter - Mbabane, Swaziland

The bus left late, we received no food parcel and the driver drove too fast and overtook dangerously in the rain. Thats a pity as previous experiences have been good. What is sad as when I contacted them, they did not respond

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