The City of Mbabane

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About Mbabane – The Capital of Swaziland Mbabane is the capital city of the Kingdom of Swaziland. It was founded in 1903 and was named after Chief Mbabane Kunene who was a local Chief when the British came. In 2007, its population was estimated at around 95,000 and it is the largest city in the Kingdom yet whilst the administrative town as well, with all overnment ministries housed in it.

Swaziland is divided into four climatic regions from west to east. The Highveld (where Mbabane is located) has warm climate with wet summers and dry cold winters. The middleveld has fertile valleys and warm wonderful temperatures while the Lubombo region, an intensive sugar growing area is prone to drought.

Mbabane became the capital after Swaziland became a British protectorate in 1903. Bremersdorp (now the city of Manzini) was the Capital then under the Transvaal Administration, but the British Administration preferred Mbabane for its favorable weather conditions (1 200m above sea level). The climatic conditions of Bremersdorp were not considered as ideal for Europeans.

After Swaziland gained its independence in 1968, Mbabane remained the Capital city of the Kingdom and all Administration offices of the country are in Mbabane except for the parliament which is still in Lobamba.

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Mbabane Hotels

The Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge located at the Mlilwane reserve is one that many people find exciting to be in. This is spiced up by the wildlife that is at the reserve. Its clean environment is highly rated by people who visit this place. 91% of people who visit this place enjoy staying there.

The Royal Swazi sun hotel is famous for its friendly service; beautiful settings and outstanding golf course. 75% of people who visit this place enjoy their stay in this hotel.

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The Mountain Inn has an amazing view and is only a walk away from the city. A lot of visitors enjoy the free Wi-Fi provided by this hotel. Other places to check for are the Hawane Resort, which is 9km from Motjane on the way to Pigg’s Peak and the Mantenga Lodge at Ezulwini. You can get more on these places by visiting virtualtourist.com.

Restaurants

Restaurants like Friar Tuck located in the Mountain Inn which is a well patronized and serves some of the best western and continental cuisine. The prices are reasonable and the service is good and the ambience is great.

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Phoenix Spur, Finesse, Plaza Tandoori, La Casserole, Riverside Café are just a few of the many restaurants in the capital city.

The closest border to the city is the Ngwenya – Oshoek border. Waterford KaMhlaba World College is also located a few kilometers from the city. You will also find one of the University Of Swaziland campuses- Limkokwing. There are two light industrial sites located in the city.

Mbabane, a city with a beautiful mountainous scene is a lovely place to be at especially for its amazing climate. Located in the center of the city is the marketplace. It sells fruits, vegetables and handicraft and is worth checking out too. Mbabane, Swaziland which is the commercial hub for surrounding areas was once a tin and iron producing place.

Shopping areas

Mbabane boasts of te newly built Corporate Plac which is a sure head turner. This mall is considered the best in the country by far, it has everything one nes under one roof. Additionally, there are other numerous shopping areas, the likes of Plaza, Mbabane Mall which is comprised of the new mall and old mall. Most if not all of these shopping centres have undergone a major facelift hence consequently facelifting the town as a whole, becoming a major attraction.

 

Summary

  • The city of Mbabane was founded by the British Administration in 1903 after it declared Swaziland a British Protectorate.
  • Mbabane was named after Chief Mbabane Kunene, a local Chief.
  • Its population was estimated at 95 000 in 2007.
  • Mbabane is located in the Highveld of the Kingdom which has mild temperatures which the Europeans favored.
  • Bremersdorp (Manzini) was the Capital of Swaziland under the Transvaal rule before the British took over.
  • After Swaziland gained its independence in 1968, Mbabane remained the capital of the country.
  • Most government administrative offices are located in Mbabane.
  • The Reilly’s Rock, Royal Swazisun, Mountain Inn, Hawane Resort and Mantenga Lodge are some of the places to consider for accommodation in the Capital city.
  • Restaurants like Friar Tuck, Finesse, Phoenix Spur, La Casserole, Plaza Tandoori, Riverside Café are of outstanding quality too.
  • The Ngwenya – Oshoek border is the one border closest to the city.
  • Waterford KaMhlaba World College is also located in the Capital.
  • The city also has two light industrial sites.
  • The Mbabane market place sells handicraft, fruits and vegetables and is situated at the center of the city.
  • Tin and iron were once mined in the city.

Additional Information

You can do your shopping at the Swazi Plaza where you can find items from groceries to clothes and it is one of the shopping centers in the city. You can also do your shopping at the mall.

Mbabane, like the rest of Swaziland heavily relies on tourism for income. A well known tourist attraction in Mbabane is the Sibebe Rock which is at Pine Valley near Mbuluzi. It is said to be the second largest granite rock in the world! It is a popular hiking spot.

Related Sites

  1. mabane.org.sz This is the official website of the city of Mbabane and has in-depth information on the city.
  2. timeanddate.com This site has information on the weather updates, co-ordinates and dialing codes of the city.

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