We picked the leading photo with this article on purpose, as that is how we imagine most tourists to Swaziland will experience its capital Mbabane: a glimpse of the city from afar. We had that experience when we first came to the country, and although we didn't ask any questions of our guides at the time, we walked away wondering whether there was a reason for it and if we might have missed out on something? This is after all the capital of Swaziland.
Rest assured though that there is not really any reason for you to really enter Mbabane. The city has no attractions besides the Mbabane Market, a candle story (I kid you not) and an African art gallery. Plus a few other things (malls, etc.) that we won't bother to classify as such. Its hilly surroundings are pretty enough though, causing many if not most visitors to the area opt for a stay in for instance the Ezulwini Valley leading up to the city. They come here for the real attraction: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary featuring zebras, crocodiles, giraffes and hippos.
Given that most people will enter the country by land and that there is no airport here anyway, avoiding Mbabane will be easy enough to do. [Review by travelindicator]
- Mbabane is a city in Swaziland's region of Hhohho. It has a population of 98,874, is situated at an altitude of 3967ft and the best airport to fly into is MTS (Matsapha International, Manzini)
- The main spoken language here is Swazi, and the average English skill is low
- The currency used in Swaziland is the Swazi lilangeni (SZL)
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More Mbabane travel resources
You can read up on Mlilwane here. Meanwhile, resources telling you about Mbabane funnily enough seem to focus on what you can do outside of the city. For completeness, here are the Mbabane Lonely Planet and Mbabane Wikitravel.