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We had a very nice experience at the Matenga village. The walkabout was fun and informative. The traditional dancers are a treat to watch and they even asked some of the tourists to join in the dancing. There are a number of decent hiking trails...More
Mantenga Cultural Village & Natural Reserve in Manzini, just 20 km south of the capital Mbabane, was a good introduction to the Swazi culture which is distinctively different from South Africa’s. The reserve is in a quiet forested area so we ditched our car at...More
It is unbelievable that they continue their traditions so well. It is like another world. Women are very submissive and must obey the husband and his mother. Young boys and girls are instructed village ways in separate buildings.
The reserve is geared or tourists
We spent one night in Chalet nr 1. The chalets are hidden all along the riverbank and are very quiet. The accomodation is old and a lot of chalets are in a bad state but I don't think they are being used. Our chalet had...More
We arrived and caught the end of a tour through the Swazi homestead. The tour guide happily took us through the homestead from the beginning, despite having just finished the tour. He was very funny and the whole tour was great. He even took us...More
I took a group of visitors to see the Cultural centre in October 2017 , the last time I went was 2006, I have to say that the dancing was exhillerating and the tour of the cultural village was brilliant. Swazi culture is complex and...More
I wasn't sure what to expect when visiting the cultural village, but I was pleasantly surprised! The dance performance and singing was easily the highlight of the experience. If you have the opportunity I think it's worth stopping by.
We had looked forward to our visit here, especially as we knew little about Swazi culture and for us, this was a chance to see life as it was in a traditional Swazi village.
Sadly, this wasn't the case.
We arrived around 4pm, so we...More