Mbabane is the capital city of Swaziland that was named after Chief Mbabane Kunene who ruled the country at the time the European settlers arrived. The town is located on the Mbabane River and is encompassed by the Mdzimba Mountains.
Due to its location, the town enjoys the most scenic views and the best vegetation in Swaziland. Mbabane is a very cultural town and visitors are likely to be met by traditional arts and crafts as well as traditional music. If you are lucky to be in Mbabane at the time of the annual Reed dance, be sure not to miss it and marvel on the song dance performed by thousands of girls in the country. To showcase the country’s tradition, the town also hosts the Indingilizi gallery where locally made sculptures, paintings, ethnic jewellery and pottery can be seen.
Mbabane offers various activities and attractions and hiking are the most popular. On the outskirts of Mbabane is a free standing rock known as the Sibebe Rock and is the second largest rock after the Ayer’s Rock in Australia. A day can also be spent visiting the Mdzimba Mountain where all the Swazi kings and royal families are buried. The King Sobhuza Memorial Park and the Swaziland National Museums are great places to explore the country’s history. With tradition and culture symbolizing the lifestyle in Mbabane, the town is the best holiday destination if you are looking to escape the busy everyday life. If you are travelling or just passing by, accommodation in Mbabane is widely available in guest houses, hotels, bed and breakfast and self-catering units where a god night’s rest is be assured.