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Traditional Swazi Craft Markets

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Good Traditional Market

When bringing groups through Mbabane, we always make sure to stop at Swazi craft market also known... read more

Reviewed June 28, 2019
Lisa S
Interesting and wort a visit

Did enjoy the Craft market many different choices of crafts very fascinating people lovely and... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2019
Jason S
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Swaziland has a rich history, and provides a myriad of activities to suit each individual preference. But there is so much more to explore! Shops such as Traditional Swazi Craft Markets will definitely appeal to all. There are two traditional Swazi...more
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Main Road, Mbabane H100, Eswatini (Swaziland)
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Reviewed June 28, 2019

When bringing groups through Mbabane, we always make sure to stop at Swazi craft market also known as The Mile. This is a bartering shopping experience so you never want to pay the first price given. One recommendation I give my groups is to never...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Lisa S
Reviewed June 27, 2019 via mobile

Did enjoy the Craft market many different choices of crafts very fascinating people lovely and friendly with many items authentic to Swaziland.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Jason S
Reviewed April 12, 2019 via mobile

While most of the crafts were typical, there were some artists actually creating their works, which was nice to see. Pretty good variety.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank AnnaN236
Reviewed March 11, 2019

Take the time to start at one end and walk through visiting all the vendors. Many have similar items, but then you'll find a hard-carved wooden animal, unique jewelry, beautiful African beads and even aprons I'd not seen anyplace else. The vendors need your support,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 31, 2019

Not a lot of variation among the shops. Each shopkeeper insists she/he has made all the goods in their shop. Difficult to believe since each shop has very few unique items. I like the guy who carves soapstone figures while you watch. I believe him....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Keliiaua
Reviewed January 8, 2019 via mobile

I always brings tourists or groups on mission trips to this market. Perfect place for buying Swazi crafts or souvenirs! Now this market is located amongst all the Ezulwini hotels, so their prices are definitely higher than the Manzini market! But the quality is usually...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank DBeSwatini
Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

The best place to buy souvenirs in a very cheap price. I also bought, 😊 a handmade art of an eSwatini lady, eSwatinis are very talented and you’ll be amazed to see how they are happy in their lives even while earning too low! Thumbs...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SpecialEnv
Reviewed November 26, 2018

On markets like these, you will find the typical tourist souvenirs that were made in China, in plastic or any other worthless material. Most tourists will buy there in order to support the local population who may need all the help they can get. From...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank IDoLoveFood
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Stopped for lunch at Sambane Coffee Shoppe which is next door to the craft market. They have lots of stalls with locally made crafts. Some are very nice and reasonable.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rschagrin
Reviewed October 28, 2018

If you want to see the real Swazi market. Its quite interesting to experience something new and real , Not the modern shopping like the retails shops that are franchises that are in each and every country.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from StanleyMthembu | Reviewed this property |
Had i have a photo of the item you are talking about,i can give you a correct answer.. Just to add on, MOST of the stuff sold at the Swazi market are proudly made by creative Swazis... yes we have other nationals like our... More
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