Manzini Market
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,921 contributions
Feb 2022
Arriving at the rather chaotic Manzini Bus rank, Eswatini's main public transport hub, one gets the impression the whole area is one big market place. Vendors of all kinds offer their goods: fruit, peanuts, water, bags, phone covers, you name it. There are numerous stalls and eateries in the vicinity. The designated market place is 700m towards the southwest of the bus rank. Four sections stand out: fruit and vegetables, crafts, herbal products and garments. The advantage is the main hall provides shelter against the sun and occasional rain showers, but to get there you need to walk through the center in my case a bloody hot experience.
Written February 21, 2022
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Dorotheakoen
6 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
This market serves both the locals as well as tourists. Some tourists might find it a little unsettling, but there is absolutely no need to fear. Yes, it's cramped and full of goods and people, but this is exactly the charm of the place.

If you are looking for local arts and crafts at excellent prices, don't miss this market.
Written September 28, 2017
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Klaus G
Pretoria, South Africa1,074 contributions
Jun 2017
The market can be largely divided into 4 sections, the fruit and veg market, the souvenir market, the bric a brac market and the herbalist market. The fruit and veg market is well stocked and fresh produce prevail. The souvenir market is as usual the best stocked and appealing. The diverse market sells from ochre (rusted haemitite for traditional rituals) to trays with the kings genealogy to scrubbing stones. The herbalist market was only roots and stems and bark with very little animal produce apart from monkey skins.
Written June 26, 2017
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Oasis of Hope
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)195 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
This is definately a place to avoid. The market structure looks intimidating and I have no idea why it has not been properly refurbished to make it more attractive esp to tourists.
Written March 8, 2017
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africal0ver
Sacramento,CA36 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
Tourists should go upstairs to the souvenir portion. Prices are fair and the people are friendly, but not annoying. It does not feel like a tourist trap, but rather just people with their goods they have made. Worth a stop!
Written June 26, 2018
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liorcarmon2015
Tel Aviv, Israel33 contributions
Oct 2016 • Family
The Manzini market is the place to visit if you wish to get a real taste of the Swazi traditional market. It is authentic, very reasonable cost wise, have the best mixture of food and goods and most importantly mainly used by the locals.
Written October 14, 2016
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Butch J
Bountiful, UT370 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
We love swinging by local markets and talking to the people and seeing what they are making. This market had a tourist market upstairs where to could find all the touristy stuff but downstairs it was a local market and had a lot of fun stuff and people. I saw some guys making sandals so I talked to them while they made me a pair. Its defiantly worth a stop if you like markets and mingling with the locals.
Written April 19, 2016
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RYJ1
Bountiful, UT290 contributions
Apr 2016
Being able to go to markets like the one in Manzini is one of the reasons I love to travel. I like to be with the locals and see what they see and hear what they talk about -- even if it's in a language I don't understand. I like to see what locals want or need to purchase: fresh vegetables and fruits, beans and rice, roots and other items used for medicinal purposes, pans and tin items used for cooking or around the house. The covered building above the fruit vendors has lots and lots of little stalls with vendors selling souvenirs. We were told they expect tourists to visit this market. The prices were fair. One example of pricing was beaded "Zulu type" bracelets for 100 Rand that were selling for 20 U.S. Dollars in some of the gift shops in South Africa. I was traveling with a group and only had 1 hour to take in the sights of this wonderful city market. Don't just go to the souvenir stalls. On the right hand side as you enter the front of the market, up the stairs, there are: Sewing shops with ladies working and selling hand made clothes. The ladies were so intrigued that I was looking at their clothes for sale that they talked me in to purchasing a Swazi skirt & scarf. They even dressed me in it. Also on that second level, clear to the end -- away from the street -- there are live chickens you can buy and there are several stalls with men making sandals. Several people in our group purchased these local made sandals. If you back track from the sandal guys and go up one more level there were ladies making practical "market bags" from strips of plastic used in shipping. I love "market bags" and have purchased them all over the world. This little bag stayed with me for the rest of my journey in Africa and I was able to hand carry all of my "fragile" souvenirs in this bag for the rest of the trip. There are several ladies selling colorful African fabrics. Going to the Manzini Market was the best part of my day.
Written April 19, 2016
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Edin Krnic
Tuzi, Montenegro3,118 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
I became here from Maputo-by small bus. Tipical African market with bus station. From this market also you can go back to Mozambique or SAR
Written July 8, 2019
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Sven Luca
Dubai, United Arab Emirates85 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
Its a nice market in beautiful Swaziland with so many interesting things to buy .. for sure everybody gonna find something !!
Written August 29, 2018
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