Tourism and Hospitality

 

Overview

 

Despite being the smallest country in the Southern Hemisphere, Swaziland more than other countries makes up for its lack of size with hugely diverse range of attractions and activities. Cultural and traditional ceremonies continue to be major tourist crowd pullers in Swaziland. Swaziland hospitality industry recently got a boost from the introduction of a formal classification system of travel accommodation facilities within the country. As a tourist destination, the country has much to offer in terms of competitive products for both traditional and emerging consumer groups. Treat yourself to pure freedom as you drive, hike or horse-ride through the country side that offer panoramic vistas of granite domes created as the ancient rocks laid down at the beginning of time endured their geological turmoil’s of millennia.

NATURE RESERVES

  • Mantenga Nature Reserve

This small reserve protects a track of unspoilt woodlands along the Lusushwana River. Its prime attraction is Mantenga Falls, where the river tumbles over rock shelf before cascading via a series of pools along the reserve’s southern boundary with Mlilwane. The reserve is made of combination of middle and Highveld habitat and one third of the reserve is covered by eucalyptus forest. There are series of short trails that lead to picnic spot at the falls that visitors can explore. Wildlife in the area includes baboons, porcupine, bush pig and klipspringer. For more information visit www.sntc.org.sz

 

 

  • Shewula Mountain Camp

Shewula Mountain Camp is perfectly situated for visitors travelling between Mozambique and South Africa. Shewula is one of the most popular tourist routes yet it remains relatively undiscovered and offers a tranquil escape for nature lovers. It is the first community eco-tourism project in Swaziland and one of the most successful in the whole of Southern Africa. It is a vital source of income and employment for the community and is a proud achievement for all. The stunning vantage point provides spectacular views over the Swazi Lowveld including the Umbuluzi and Mlawula Nature Reserve, which merge with Hlane Royal National Park to create the Lubombo Conservancy. Shewula falls within a malaria area, precautions must be taken, for example the use of prophylactics and mosquito repellents. For more information visit www.shewula.org.sz

 

  • Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

This is Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area and a beautiful secludes sanctuary situated in the kingdom’s Ezulwini Valley and its landscape is dominated by Nyonya Mountain visible from afar. This peak is known as the ‘Rock of Execution’.

                                                          

Is divided into two sectors. The northern sector comprises of accommodation and activities, whilst the southern sector is set aside as a wilderness area. There are camping sites, beehive villages, Rest Camp Huts, self-catering cottages, the affordable Sondzela backpackers and the luxurious Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge. You can also enjoy the resident game walking b y or cool off by taking a dip in the vast camp’s swimming pool.
For more information visit www.biggameparks.org/

  • Nisela Safari       

Nisela is a Swaziland Bush Lodge situated at the foot of the Lubombo Mountain range, between Golela and Lavumisa.Border post with kwaZulu Natal, en route to Kruger National Park or Mozambique, makes Nisela Safari the ideal stop over or resting place. Nisela Safaris is the ideal base from which to explore all the varied attractions in Swaziland. They offer activities such as game drives, bush walks, boarder walks, hunting and fishing (seasonal).For more information visit www.niselasafaris.com

                                       

  • Mkhaya Game Reserve

In the south east of Swaziland lies a magnificent unspoilt wilderness. The award winning Mkhaya was named after the acacia nigrescens tree in the reserve is home to 4 of the Big 5 including the Black Rhino. Unique, intimate encounters with Mkhaya wildlife are almost guaranteed and all travel within the reserve is solely by Big Game Parks open land Rovers or by foot on a guided walking safaris. A visit to Mkhaya offers true value for money; delicious bush cuisine, all activities and truly unique AA highly recommended accommodation. A trip to Mkhaya is a trip into real Africa, a soul enriching, quality experience you will never forget. For more information visit www.biggameparks.org

 

  • Malolotja Nature Reserve

Malolotja nature reserve is one of the most impressive mountain parks in Southern Africa and it is the last unspoilt wilderness, left in Swaziland. It is one of those areas that are mostly visited by hikers. It is not an easy area hike and hikers need to be properly equipped, have a good degree of fitness and be lead by experienced hikers who have map reading skills. Malolotja offers 10 self-catering cabins, fully equipped, including bedding and towels. Two cabins accommodate five people in each (two bedrooms, one with two single beds, one with a single and a bunk bed).There is also a restaurant and bar located next to the cabins, for breakfast and light meals. Visitors can experience the thrill of gliding through the forest canopy with Malolotja Nature Reserve. It also offers a diverse range of Highveld and middleveld species, including birds such as blue swallow, bald ibis. For more information. For more information visit www.sntc.org.sz

                                                                    

  • Mlawula Nature Reserve

Mlawula is located in the north east5 of Swaziland, ideal for groups, families, outdoor adventure nature lovers and campers. Accommodation at Mlawula includes the Magadzavana lodge including restaurant, bar conference centre, swimming pool and furnished rooms. The lodge has a spectacular view of the valley below. Also available at Mlawula is the Maphelephele cottage which has been upgraded with two upped sleeping porches with a double bed on each. It includes full bath, sitting room with fireplace, braai area, gas hot water, oven/stove and refrigerator. The Siphiso campsite at Mlawula is designed for caravans and camping. It consists of a thatched ablution building with showers, baths, washing basins and toilets and a very spacious lawn area with taps and braai facilities. Activities that are done at Mlawula consist of fishing, hiking, hyena pool, phython pools, picnic, khabane cave, mahlabashane gorge, guided and self-guided drives, Siphiso valley, Mbuluzi Gorge, bird watching and mountain biking. For more information visit www.sntc.org.sz

                                                                                    

LODGES

  • Mvubu Falls Lodge

Mvubu Falls is situated half way between the capital city of Swaziland (Mbabane) and Ezulwini, on the foot of the Malagwane Hill. This place has a romantic setting situated next to the Mvubu River which has natural trees overlooking the mountains, which makes it an area of comfort to unwind and stay there. The rooms there have an African feel and are installed with DSTV satellite dish and bathroom. For those who like hiking there are hiking trails that lead to nearby waterfalls or to Eagle Rock. Because of its central location it is easy for tourists to visit the nearby tour sites that are situated in Ezulwini e.g. handcraft and Swazi cultural villages. For more information visit: www.mvubufalls.com

                                                                                     

  • Maguga Lodge

Maguga Lodge sits in the heart of the Hhohho Region covering the western part of Swaziland and it closer to Malolotja Game Reserve on the edge of the spectacular Maguga Dam. With comfortable accommodating, a breathtaking view Maguga is the perfect place for a time out to experience Swaziland’s Highveld Magic. Maguga offers a variety of accommodation types: Rondavel, Fisherman’s cottage, Camping sites. The lodge has a number of facilities to offer as well as outdoor activities: Boat cruises along the dam, restaurant and bar deck overlooking the dam, bushman painting, nearby craft tour. For more information visit www.magugalodge.com

 

  • Mantenga Lodge

Located in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley close to Sheba’s breasts mountain and overlooking the Execution Rock. There are 38 rooms which are tastefully furnished with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioned,Dstv,telephone  & wi-fi.Mantenga Lodge is known for serving their food blends with natural Swazi ingredients and flavours with a mix of European dishes to come together to create meals of the finest quality and guaranteed satisfaction. For more information visit www.mantengalodge.com

 

  • Brookside Lodge

Under the Swaziland skies of the picturesque Malkerns Valley lies the tranquil Brookside Lodge in close proximity of the Phondo Royal Residence. It is only a stone’s throw away from the major tourist attractions, the Mlilwane Game Sanctuary, craft shops, entertainment centres, House on Fire, golf courses, casino and the international airport. Their facilities include the lovely mini golf garden, Brookside’s pool, play grounds, the mini farmyard offers fun everybody and the lovely gardens surrounding the accommodation. For more information visit www.brookside-lodge.com

 

 

  • Valley View Lodge

It is a very convenient lodge for both holiday makers and business travellers. An ideal location for corporate retreat and team building getaways. Located at extension nine (Fairview north) an upmarket sub-urb of Manzini. They have ideal and air conditioned conference facility up to 40 people or a private function and venue for corporate and regular guests. Self catering units are available with open plan kitchens. For more information visit www.valleyviewlodgesd.com

  

GUESTHOUSES/B&BS

  • Peace Valley Guest house

Peace Valley guesthouse is where comfort, convenience and hospitality come together located in Ngwane Park Manzini. The place was created in the manner where work and vacation activities and relaxation are in perfect harmony. They have thoughtfully furnished rooms, relaxation areas and a braai area outside. For more information visit www.peacevalley.co.sz

 

  • Asante Guesthouse

Situated close to Manzini City Centre Asante guesthouse is your home away from home; with tell well appointed rooms make it the choice of residence for both travellers and locals alike. The guesthouse has its own restaurant, Marimba which serves a variety of dishes in its menu and it specialises in cuisine from the African Continent. For more information visit www.asanteswazi.com

 

  • Global Village Guesthouse

Global Village offers up market, yet affordable accommodation in Swaziland and a place of true escape from the harsh reality of life. Global Village affords complete privacy and total exclusivity, suitable as a tourist base from which to explore wonderful Swaziland, for travellers passing through Swaziland en route to Mozambique or Kruger National Park or business man and women requiring a serene and safety environment. For more information visit www.swaziglobalvillage.com

 

  • Eden Guesthouse

This Exquisite guesthouse is set in a beautiful secluded garden. Recreational amenities at the guesthouse include an outdoor pool. Grab a bite to eat at the guesthouse restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service. Quench your thirst with favourite drink at a bar/lounge. A complementary English breakfast is included. The interior equally delightful with fifteen tastefully decorated luxury bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and Dstv. For more information visit www.thekingdomofswaziland.com

 

  • Ematjeni Guesthouse

Ematjeni “Place of Rock” is in a beautiful unique setting. Set on the age of a mountain looking into the Umbuluzi gorge and across a scenic valley to the great Sibebe Rock, the largest granite out crop in the world. This palace is good for hiking and horse riding. Stylish rooms named Sibebe suit, Umbuluzi, Zebra, Jasons, Impala suit and Olivers are available at Ematjeni guesthouse. For more information visit www.ematjeni.com

 

  • Ezulwini Guesthouse

In SiSwati, Ezulwini means “Heaven or Paradise”.Ezulwini guesthouse is centrally located in the picturesque village of Ezulwini, Swaziland. This guesthouse is situated at the door step of Mlilwane region on the route to the Summerfield Botanical Gardens. Also situated along the route between Manzini and Mbabane. The guesthouse’s location is a walking distance to the landscape of Mlilwane and Sheba’s breast. Making the Gables shopping mall and several resorts just 5minutes drive. Ezulwini is well known for Sheba’s breast, Execution Rock, Natural Hot Springs and oldest protected areas in Swaziland. For more information visit www.ezulwiniguesthouse.com

 

  • Rainbird Chalets B&B

Set on a working farm Rainbird welcomes the discerning guest and offers a tranquil, comfortable stay in the magnificently lush, scenic valley of Malkerns. There is a dam set at the bottom of the garden and the Mdzimba mountain range beyond. Rainbird is located between Manzini and Mbabane the two main cities in Swaziland having most tourist attractions in the country. For more information visit www.rainbirdchalets.com

 

  • Malandela’s B&B 

Amid the rural setting of Swaziland’s Malkerns Valley awaits a thoroughly unique and inspiring experience at Malandela Centre. Housed on the scenic grounds of large farm, the complex is backlit by acres of sun kissed sugar cane and the kaleidoscopic hues of the Mlilwane Mountain. Enjoy farm fresh meals at Malandela’s restaurant and mingles with the locals at the friendly pub. Meander through vibrant Botanical Gardens. For More information visit www.malandelas.com

  

  • Red berry B&B

Red berry bread & breakfast is a new and lovely place to stay in Mbabane. Accommodation of bread and breakfast offered there with self-catering facilities. They have an amazing view of Sibebe Rock from the timber deck and the use of solar heated swimming pool on the premises and an enclosed braai area in the garden. Accommodation is ideally located for the visiting businessman, small groups or overseas visitors. For more information visit www.redberrybb.co.sz

  

HOTELS

  • Summerfield Botanical Gardens

Summerfield is in a tranquil setting of rolling hills, breathtaking lakes and lush tropical gardens. The botanical garden lies close to the banks of the Bobokazi River and is in the Nokwane Valley, highly known for its spectacular rock formations and major mountain range. Slightly more formal dining and cocktail options are available in the Grand Palm Cascades area. Fully fledges gym/fitness centre area also available. For more information visit www.summerfieldresort.com

 

  • Sibane Hotel 

Sibane Hotel (The light of Swaziland) nestles in the Ezulwini Valley and the blend of royal custom and quality reigns. Sibane Hotel Boma is the most ideal place where you can get outdoor life at its best. They also have an extra special dining experience where one can enjoy western and traditional fused flavours. Their rooms offer the perfect combination of technology, sophistication, modernity, style and efficiency. There are also wide range of conference and banquet facilities.Re-birth spa offers unique nature based luxury environment to help you unwind with the pleasure of treatment e.g. lip laser and infra-red body shaping systems, cellulite cavitation, waxing etc. For more information visit www.sibanehotel.co.sz

  

  • Happy Valley Hotel

The Happy Valley Hotel caters for business and leisure clients. The hotel is centrally situated in Ezulwini valley and is close to many tourism attractions in Swaziland which makes it perfect holiday destination. The hotel offers a relaxing outdoor environment inclusive of an exquisite pool and an exceptional dining experience in our restuarant.The hotel has a pizzeria which will not disappoint as it offers a wide range of flavours and mouth-watering pizzas. The rooms at Happy Valley Hotel provide comfort and are fully air conditioned. Business travellers can make use of the hotel’s conference facilities which include Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. For more information visit www.happyvalleyhotel.com

  

  • Siteki Hotel 

Lubombo Mountains Siteki Hotel is a 3 star hotel located in the eastern part of the kingdom of Swaziland. The hotel has an extravagant executive suite, two standard double rooms, six luxury double inter-leading rooms and 27 twin/single rooms all air conditioned. All the rooms have digital satellite television (Dstv) and if the plethora o0f channels do not provide enough relaxation, the hotel has a swimming pool, a bar, sauna and gym. The hotel also has a spacious auditorium that can accommodate up to 400 delegates and 2 conference rooms for those who are looking for smaller and intimate venues both with fitted projectors and sound systems. Siteki hotel serves buffet & luncheons served 7days.Guests long for more from seafood, traditional dishes pizzas. There are two bars one for the guests who want to enjoy their drinks quietly and the other is a sports bar for the guests who want to watch sports. For more information visit www.sitekihotel.com

 

  • Mountain Inn

Mountain Inn is situated 3kms from Mbabane city centre. It offers superb cuisine, fully equipped meeting and conference facilities. For accommodation rooms are set in garden environment. There are 52 air conditioned rooms having amazing views of the magnificent Ezulwini Valley. There are conference rooms where conference service managers and operation manager will assist you with planning the project event. They can help with menu selection, customized menus and themes and catering for specific tastes and dietary requirements. For more information