Ezulwini Travel Guide

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One of Swaziland's most beautiful valleys, Ezulwini is situated south of Mbabane.

Ezulwini is the Zulu word for paradise. It is here in a valley that King Mswati III lives in a grand residence and rules the Kingdom with his Queen Mother or Ndlovukazi/She-Elephant. Lobamba is the spiritual capital of the Swazi Nation and is situated in the Ezulwini Valley, and it is here where the Houses of Parliament are situated.

Visitors to Ezulwini can get acquainted with the Swazi traditions at the Swazi Cultural Village, with its reconstructed Swazi village from the late 19th century. Every August the King gets a chance to add to his ever-growing number of wives at the traditional Umhlanga (Reed) Dance. All the young virgins perform in front of the She-Elephant and from amongst them the King chooses his next wife - an honour she cannot refuse. Tourists can get into the real spirit of Swaziland and bow low to a ruling chief, during a cultural visit to a traditional beehive hut village, while the exquisite Swazi crafts will undoubtedly find their way into your suitcase, as the street stalls are crammed with tall giraffes and other wooden sculptures. Most eye catching are the bright hand woven baskets in zigzag designs of greens, purples, yellows and reds.

Tourists to Ezulwini can get some of the finest nature experiences around! The brilliant scenery, diverse bird life and Big Five will prove to be a true wildlife experience. The Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swaziland's most frequently visited reserve and visitors can explore it by hiking, horse-riding or taking the trip in a 4x4. The Hlane Royal National Park has large herds of lion, elephant and white rhino, and an amazing diverse bird life, while the Mkhaya Game Reserve has endangered species such as black rhino, roan & sable.

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Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the Big Game Parks of Swaziland. This park is beautiful and lush (at least when not in drought). Animals you can expect to see: giraffe, zebra, warthogs…
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