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About Manzini

Manzini will engage your senses with curious herbs, inflame your soul with umhlanga reed dances and steal your heart with the humble charm of Swaziland. Manzini is the most populous city in Swaziland with a population of more than 100,000 people. Attractions include Manzini Market, House of Fire and the Cathedral of Manzini.

Journey into the heart of Swaziland and be swept off your feet by the gentle rhythm of the Swazi culture with cheap flights to Manzini. Manzini is home to Matsapha Airport (MTS). Matsapha Airport serves South African Airways and is a 15-minute drive by car from the city centre. Popular domestic flights to Manzini depart from Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Manzini is approximately 50 minutes.

Why visit Manzini

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Swazi Culture

Sangomas keep the art of traditional healing alive; folk tunes tell stories of life and encounters with God; Umhlanga reed dances are beguiling; and traditional thatch villages dot the landscape.

colourful markets

Colourful Markets

Bustling havens offering everything from colourful African textiles to mysterious bundles of roots used in traditional medicine. You will also find beautifully handcrafted percussion frogs and buckets of fragrant mangoes.

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Friendly Locals

Engage in conversation with the warm locals to learn about the Swazi culture, and be enthralled by animated tales of a seven headed snake and Gogo and her special bird.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Swaziland
Currency Swazi Lilangeni (the South African Rand is also accepted)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 1 Swazi Lilangeni
Language siSwati / English
Hub Airport Matsapha Airport
Airline Swaziland Airlink
Time Zone GMT + 2
Travel Adaptor Standard type M

Best time to visit Manzini

Manzini has a temperate (sometimes tropical) climate with dry winters and hot summers. December to March is the warm season. During these months temperatures generally hover in the mid-high 20s, but often spike into the 30 degrees Celsius region. June to July is the cold season. During these months temperatures linger in the low 20s and can drop as low as 10 degrees Celsius. Rainfall usually descends during November and December. Forms of precipitation range from drizzles and light rains to moderate showers and thunderstorms. The best time to visit Manzini would be when temperatures are a bit cooler. January to April and October to December offer pleasant weather and comfortable temperatures.

Weather & Climate in Manzini

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 19°C 19°C 18°C 15°C 12°C 9°C 9°C 11°C 13°C 15°C 16°C 18°C
High °C 29°C 28°C 27°C 26°C 24°C 22°C 23°C 24°C 26°C 26°C 27°C 28°C
Rainfall (mm) 160 146 96 61 20 10 13 22 46 102 138 136

Overview

Despite being the smallest country in the Southern hemisphere, the Kingdom of Swaziland is home to some of the most fascinating cultural traditions and beliefs. Culture and heritage is deeply embedded into the bones of the city and the hearts of the local Swazi people.

Swaziland is also one of few remaining monarchies in Africa, and the world. Ngwenyama (the traditional term for the ruling king) Mswati III reigns over Swaziland alongside spiritual leader and Queen Mother (or Ndlovukati) Ntombi Tfwala. Together, they ensure the age-old Swazi customs and modern forms of government weave together in a way that allows the culture to burn on.

Beguiling traditional practices and beliefs of the Swazi people have persisted for generations and are what give Manzini its charm and allure.

Journey to Manzini and feel the heartbeat of a culture that dates back to the 15th century. And while you’re at it, try sishwala and umcombotsi to get an authentic taste of Manzini. Manzini offers an intimate sojourn into the cultural soul of Africa.

Visa & Customs

South African passport holders do not require a visa when travelling to Manzini. However you will have to ensure your passport has three blank pages for entry stamps and has a validity of at least six months.

The South African High Commission to Swaziland is situated in Mbabane. The New Mall, 2nd floor, Dr. Sishayi Road, Mbabane. (Phone: +268 2404 4651 / + 268 2404 4652 / + 268 2404 4653 / + 268 2404 4654).

Health & Safety

Manzini is a small town and considered safe. However, crime happens everywhere, even in small towns. There are a number of precautions that apply when travelling to an unfamiliar place.

• Comprehensive travel insurance to cover theft and medical expenses is highly recommended.
• Avoid public demonstrations and political rallies.
• Exercise caution when making use of local taxis. Avoid using taxis at night, particularly when travelling alone.
• Pick-pocketing and bag snatching is common. Avoid carrying around large sums of cash, valuables and important documents.
• Avoid wandering around alone, especially at night. Women should exercise caution when travelling alone.
• Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are travelling from a yellow fever endemic area.
• Gastrointestinal infections can be avoided by frequently washing your hands, as well as fruits and vegetables.
• Other routine and recommended vaccinations include hepatitis A, tetanus, polio and diphtheria.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG MANZINI
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 70.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 11.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.46 R 22.35 R 15.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 21.50
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 38.00 R 38.00 R 35.00

Where to stay?

Manzini offers a range of charming and intimate accommodation ranging from sleek hotels, cosy bed & breakfasts, to comfortable guest houses and home style lodges.

Accommodation is concentrated along Nkosehlusaza Street, the main road that cuts through the town, with a modest smattering of guest houses and lodges situated in the outer neighbourhoods.

Although accommodation is limited, small town charm pervades, so personalised service is guaranteed. And for guests at the golf estate and lodges, sublime views of the Great Ususthu River and surrounding mountains add to the overall peace and tranquillity.

Get Around

It is possible to explore Manzini entirely on foot because of its diminutive size. However, local taxis also operate within the city, giving you a chance to see how locals live and possibly get to know some of the residents. Fares are fixed and should be enquired about before getting in.

A bus station and taxi rank are located at the end of Louw Street. Bus fare depends on where you are going and can be paid in cash once you board.

Private taxis and car hire are also available, but limited. Car rental can be arranged at the airport or through the hotel.

Main attractions in Manzini

Manzini Market

Manzini Market

Ezulwini Valley

Ezulwini Valley

Mantenga Nature Reserve

Mantenga Nature Reserve

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