Swazi Cultural Village
Swazi Cultural Village
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Address
Mantenga At 20Kms from Mbabane, Manzini M200 Eswatini (Swaziland)
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,918 contributions
Feb 2022
This traditional style Swazi village is 3 km west from the US embassy (Lobamba) in the Mantenga Nature Reserve. At the time of my visit it was deserted, because of covid restrictions. Normally there is a show by traditional Swazi dancers and music makers.

The village consists of huts and wooden fences marking the different living quarters and spaces to keep cattle. The settlement is surrounded by a defensive palisade. One has to bear in mind the whole place is a reconstruction of a mid 19th century village.

The presentation of 19th century Swazi life is perhaps rather coloured by a late 20th century interpretation and tailored to meet expectations of the (Western) tourist. Life during 1850s was hard and dancing and singing were occasional happenings. People lived close to their cows and other lifestock under not always very hygienic conditions.
Written February 20, 2022
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Holger+Birgit
Diessen, Germany89 contributions
Oct 2022
This place gives you a good insight in the former Eswatini culture. The village is nicely kept and maintained, the guides tell you all you want to know and are open for any questions.
The performance of songs and dances was wonderful, colourful, entertaining.
We were also guided to the waterfall which is also a great sight.

If you have time, look around the near vicinity of the village, there are more spots worth seeing and taking pictures, but be careful...crocodiles.
Written October 17, 2022
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1957
Ottawa, Canada702 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Part of our Gate 1 tour, we visited this village. We were greeted by this young lady who told us all about the village and their culture. It was very informative. We got to visit the homes.. We had lunch there. Afterwards they even had a dancing and singing show that they performed for us. Before leaving, we visited their small craft gift store.
Written November 5, 2023
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krugerandmore
Nelspruit, South Africa367 contributions
Feb 2022
Thanks. Pity about Covid no sing or dancing for now. Paul you have ask for him is a wonderful guide. One learns a lot from Paul. Thanks Paul. The walk to waterfall is worth it.Thanks see you again
Written February 18, 2022
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NineofCups
at sea272 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
The village is a cluster of traditional Swazi huts and a kraal. It's well explained by the guide, but there is no life to the village, no accessories or embellishments that would give one an idea of what life is really like here. Several of the huts (kitchen huts) were missing.

The song and dance presentations were good when the participants were enthusiastic, but many were not. Some arrived late and appeared as if they were bored with the entire thing and would have rather been elsewhere.

After paying admission, we were asked for more money throughout the tour. A direct request for a tip from the guide; tips for the singers and dancers; purchase of "souvenirs" from village woman. It was hard to say no, but we felt a bit put out after the R100 admission fee.

Perhaps, it was an off-day. We came away not knowing much more about Swazi culture than what we had read prior to going in. Disappointing
Written January 23, 2015
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Journeying_Jean
Boston, MA165 contributions
Aug 2013 • Friends
Tucked in the nature reserve, down a few bumpy roads, is the Swazi cultural center. Although it opens early, I don't recommend going too early if you want to see the cultural performance/dance. Your visit includes entrance to the cultural village with a tour of the beehive huts and introduction to various cultural practices. Learn how to announce your presence and request permission to enter, see the construction of the beehive huts, and gain some insight into how they live and manage family units with multiple wives. The tour guides are engaging, but the people 'living' in the village don't add much to the experience. Execution rock towers over the village, a reminder of consequences for failing to follow the rules.

The dancing is amazing to watch, highly energetic. It would be helpful if they would interpret it a bit for you or introduce each dance with an indication of when it is used. Instead they give a general overview at the beginning.

The tour of the village itself takes less than an hour. The dancing shows are scheduled twice/day at 11:15 and 3:15, so arrive either shortly before the show is scheduled or 45-60 minutes before so that you can tour the village and then catch the show immediately after. Otherwise you end up with some (a lot of) down time. There's a waterfall within walking distance to help kill some of the time. We had a car, so after walking to the waterfall, we drove back up to the Mantenga shops and then stopped at the river and a smaller waterfall on our way back. We told them at the gate that we planned to return, so had no problem.

If you don't have a vehicle, the entrance to the reserve is 2 km downhill from the Mantenga Lodge and then another 1km from the entrance to the village/cultural center, so you'll want to be sure you have water if it is warm/hot.

The village seems to be a destination for school classes and work groups as we saw several of these during our visit.
Written August 29, 2013
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Monikey2013
Bratislava, Slovakia172 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Out of a quite limited choice of the tourist attractions in the country, I consider this one as the best. One could see very nice dancing show and the tour over the antient village with a highly proffessional guide provides vistors with a good perception of how the life of the Swazi people looked before. Pictures taken of the dancers and the village there are also definitelly worth visiting the site.
Written April 21, 2018
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busisiwek2016
Vanderbijlpark, South Africa16 contributions
Apr 2017
A day well spend at the village, singing and traditional dance lasted for about and hour and have a change to lean tradional dance. A walk to the waterfall was amazing.
Written May 8, 2017
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Casheta
Detroit226 contributions
Feb 2016 • Solo
I really enjoyed my visit to the Swazi Cultural Village, but I could definitely feel that it was a manufactured historical/cultural site...which is fine, but you should know what you're getting. The dancers were at times distracted (cracking jokes within their group and laughing), which I'm sure had something to do with the engagement (or lack there of) of the audience. Even still, they put on a great show, and in my opinion, you get a taste of the culture. I'm not sure if this sounds like a "good" review, but it's supposed to be. I would definitely recommend the visit, and walking (or driving) to the waterfalls.

Beware, they will encourage you to take a tour after the show, and the guide will expect pay. Additionally, although you pay for entry, the dancers will ask for money throughout the performance. Which is fine, but again, you should know what you're getting and what's expected.
Written February 3, 2016
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Richard S
The Hague, The Netherlands63 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
We visited here to see some more authentic Swazi culture. The show was very well-done, and we got a guided walk through a Swazi village. It was interesting, but it did feel a bit fake and touristy. Maybe this is how things were in the past but we doubt it. But it was still a nice experience and we would not have wanted to miss it.
Written August 21, 2015
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Swazi Cultural Village - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)