Place of Heaven’ is both the valley that runs southeast between Mbabane and Manzini, and its rapidly developing town with bespoke residential area. This is where tourism in Eswatini began, and today its attractions include hotels, casinos, shopping malls, restaurants, art galleries, cinema, craft markets, hot springs, riding stables, nature reserve, golf course and cultural village. Under construction is an International Convention Centre with adjacent Five-Star Hotel.
Finance Minister Martin Dlamini reaffirmed in his 2017/18 Budget Speech that community based tourism remains high-priority to ensure that rural folk continue to participate in and benefit from this sector. It is today a very popular means of experiencing Swazis’ renowned hospitality and seeing the country’s picturesque mountains, hills, valleys and plains from the perspective of traditional day-to-day life. Thanks largely to seed-funding by the European Commission, many rural and peri-urban entrepreneurs offer guided tours and home-stays that adhere to set standards while opening up for visitors’ enjoyment the ‘secret’ treasures of Eswatini’s lesser-trod pathways.