Mantenga Cultural Village, Manzini

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Learn about the lifestyle of a traditional Swazi settlement at Mantenga Cultural Village, an open-air museum maintained to represent a typical village from the 1850s. Inspect the building materials and styles used to make each hut, and watch vibrant performances of traditional dance and song. You'll also get an opportunity to join in with some of the daily work, such as grinding maize and plaiting grass. The surrounding area provides a home for monkeys, baboons, and warthogs, with hikes and short walks from the village much recommended. Discover how to plan a Manzini trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • This was an extraordinary experience as to what the daily life of the Hlane community is about, as well as an initiation to the Swazi culture and traditions. We partook in several of the activities... 
    This was an extraordinary experience as to what the daily life of the Hlane community is about, as well as an initiation to the Swazi culture and traditions. We partook in several of the activities...  more »
  • Recommended by many locals so after 3rd visit to Eswatini we made it and highly recommended it too! Must take hat or sun umbrella and water. Not too much walking but nice to see village and... 
    Recommended by many locals so after 3rd visit to Eswatini we made it and highly recommended it too! Must take hat or sun umbrella and water. Not too much walking but nice to see village and...  more »
  • A very nice somewhat romantic cultural backsight. Especially to be made together with a short (30min.) walk from the entrance to the waterfall. But beware of crocodile. 
    A very nice somewhat romantic cultural backsight. Especially to be made together with a short (30min.) walk from the entrance to the waterfall. But beware of crocodile.  more »
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  • The Mantenga Nature Reserve has quite some good scenery like the water fall. It has a very traditional outlook. Going down the Reserve you get to discover the traditional lifestyle that the people of Eswatini lived. That's the Swati Cultural Village where you get to know about how they lived as well as their culture. It's not all, the show would proceed with some traditional dances which are quite fascinating. There is also a great restaurant which serves exquisite cuisine there.
  • It’s a great place to have a taste of the local culture. The dance presentation is very interesting and takes around one hour. The village tour is also very interesting. There is a restaurant and also a little hike that takes you to a beautiful waterfall that unfortunately you can’t dive in. They don’t take Wild Card. The price is fair and even though it was clearly meant for tourists, it is still a pleasant experience. It takes around 3 hours to see the whole place.
  • The Cultural Village was in close proximity to the Ezulwini Valley and encompassed the nature reserve with a substantial waterfall and picnic site. The music and dancers gave an insight to the Swazi Culture. The Village also displayed what rural Swazi life would have been like. Certainly worth the visit. Entrance fee was R100 per adult.
  • Here we learnt about the Swati culture and customs. We also went to view the waterfall situated in the reserve. It's a refreshing sight and site, wonderful I have to say. The cultural dance was epic.
  • The cultural village itself just seems to be a tourist trap for group tourists, but there are also several nice hiking paths along the Lusushwana River leading to some spectacular waterfalls.

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