Mantenga Nature Reserve is situated close to Mbabane in the picturesque Ezulwini Valley, Swaziland's premier tourist destination. Set in the heart of the reserve, the Mantenga Cultural Village offers visitors a unique opportunity to participate in a way of live as old as time itself.

Known for their friendliness and warmth, the Swazi people are justly proud of their rich cultural heritage and the residents of the village welcome you to join them as they go about their daily tasks.


Nestled beneath a canopy of trees the village has been constructed under the watchful eye of the King's own architect, to ensure authenticity. Cattle, goats and poultry wander about and children play the games their ancestors did before them.


Visit a Swazi family at home, learn the ancient skill of weaving a traditional beehive hut. Try your hand at cooking over an open fire or grinding maize in the time-honoured way.

Consult the mystic wisdom of the inyanga, or diviner. Dance to the pulsating rhythms of the African drum or join the men as they relax around the fire with a pot of tjwala, traditional home-brewed beer. Experience firsthand authentic Swazi culture in this fully interactive setting.


Yet another cultural treat awaits guests at the restaurant, which offers warm Swazi hospitality, efficient service and a wide choice of traditional delicacies blended with conventional western dishes to tantalise the most discerning of palates.

The nearby guest accommodation blends unobtrusively into its natural surroundings.
These well-appointed tents are constructed under thatch, adding a warm and rustic feel.

Combining simplicity with comfort, each tent is en suite and has its own covered verandah offering views of the surrounding bushveld. The winding Lusushwana (Little Usuthu River) and cascading Mantenga Waterfalls are just a short walk away.

Reservations:

The Booking Officer, Swaziland National Trust Commission
P O Box 100, Lobamba, Swaziland
Tel: (+268) 416-1151, 416-1178, 416-1013 Fax: (+268) 416-1480
email: mantenga@sntc.org.sz


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