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“Excellent view into Swasi culture”

Swazi Cultural Village
Ranked #1 of 43 things to do in Swaziland
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

My husband and me went to see the cultural village and the cultural show. It was an excellent experience. We were personally received by a local host who guided us through the Swasi village and explained how Swasi life works. After seeing the village we enjoyed the Swasi dance and culture show. The energy the performers displayed was astonishing. The best cultural show we have seen in South Africa/Swasiland!!! Afterwards we had dinner in the local restaurant which is only 100 metres away from the cultural village and the atmosphere and food was great. This place deserves a lot more tourists!! It is worth it.

Jack and Wilma from The Netherlands

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Saw lots of traditional dancing and singing, was ok but not much else to see unless you want to walk alot and it was boiling hot. my husband walked down to the waterfall and we watched 2 cars 4X4's get stuck badly.

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Reviewed November 28, 2012

My wife and I spent an enjoyable morning visiting the Village. We arrived between two guided visits of the village itself and were taken to see the waterfall whilst awaiting the next village tour. Our guide to the falls was the local witch-doctor (shaman) - or at least he assumed that role in the later traditional dance show. A friendly and interesting person although his English was sometimes a bit difficult to follow. The falls are worth the visit. The visit of the "village" was interesting although the village is clearly constructed for tourists and one has difficulty in believing that anyone actually lives there. The only Swazi in the village at the time of our visit, apart from our guide, was an elderly lady selling bead necklaces etc. Regardless, it was interesting to be told about various cultural rituals etc. The highlight of the visit, however, was the traditional dances. The dancers were very enthusiastic and athletic and all were smiling and friendly - our "shaman" guide sure can dance! The dance show itself last a good half hour, we were never bored, and they encourage the spectators to participate. Well worth the visit.

After visiting the Cultural Village, we lunched at the nearby Mantenga Lodge - which served good food and has a nice view over the valley. Friendly waitresss.

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Reviewed May 20, 2012

My two friends and I had booked a night at the Swazi Cultural Village before leaving the States on a trip through South Africa. Due to road construction and other minor glitches we were running late. We phoned and were told they would close the office at 8 PM. When we got to the border we KNEW we wouldn't make the 8 PM time. Our phone would not work in Swaziland but a young man working at the border told us to go ahead and drive to the facility and he would keep phoning for us. We made it but the gate was locked. Before we could decide what to do a young man appeared, opened the gate and led us in. A lady quickly showed us to our cabin and we were set for the night! The next morning we had a lovely English breakfast with a delightful waitress who turned out to be one of the lead singers in the program. The tour was interesting and we had a wonderful visit. The cabin needed work. The glass slats in the bathroom were missing some slats and parts of the tilework appeared unfinished. There was no fan or air conditioning nor screens on the windows and we were a bit concerned as this is a malaria zone. I would recommend the tour, dancing, and dining area but would hesitate to recommend spending the night.

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Reviewed February 18, 2012

An educational Swazi -village tour explained by very good english-speaking guides. Traditional dances and craft- and artshop/market. Adjacent to Mantenga Nature Reserve with its beautiful waterfalls. A must-do !!

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