Mantenga Nature Reserve
Mantenga is 725 ha of Middle and Highveld habitat in a secluded corner of the Ezulwini Valley. Its southern boundary is formed by the bilharzia-free Little Usuthu River and the 95-metres-high Mantenga Falls which is Eswatini’s best-known and largest water-volume cascade. Swimming and picnicking are popular adjuncts to bird-watching and photographing the many variants of small and medium-size animals that abound. The Swazi Cultural Village is an excellent working reconstruction of a traditional homestead from around the 1850s: it provides the visitor with an opportunity to experience all the complexities and nuances of traditional Swazi life. The venue’s schedule of events includes spectacular performances by a dance troupe which has gained international renown through tours around the world. Accommodation is available in the form of luxury chalets with all modern features such as high-speed Internet access and 3-D/HD-compatible TV.
National Museum, King Sobhuza II Memorial Park, Houses of Parliament and Ludzidzini Royal Residence
All of which are to be found in the kingdom’s spiritual heart centre of Lobamba on the edge of Ezulwini Valley. Ludzidzini encompasses the Royal kraal and is ringed by the plains on which the nation gathers for the earlier detailed, annual Incwala, Umhlanga celebrations and the People’s Parliament. With the Mdzimba Mountains as its backdrop, this area has been playing host to Eswatini’s royalty for over two centuries.