The small town of Piggs Peak is situated in the far northwest corner of Swaziland. It is a small forestry town and is named after William Pigg, an early prospector who found a gold reef here in 1884. This site was mined until 1954. Visitors to Piggs Peak can view the Ngwenya Mine, which at 43,000-years old is regarded as one of the world's oldest. Ancient people dug this mine for specularite and haemetite, which they then used in cosmetics and for religious rituals.
Today, the area is well known for its handiwork and crafts, and visitors can buy these products at markets in the town. Piggs Peak is well positioned for a visit to the Malalotja Nature Reserve, where the mountains are said to be among the oldest in the world and are believed to 3,6 billion years old. Here you can see the 95m high Malotja Falls, while the area, with its 300 species of birds, is a real treat for bird watchers.
The Hawane Dam south of Malotja is also great for bird spotting and here visitors can try and spot the rare bald ibis. Besides the natural wonders, visitors can enjoy the glitz of Pigg's Peak Hotel and Casino. Other activities include horse-riding and good hiking in the Malotja Nature Reserve.
The Maguga Dam is situated about twelve kilometers to the south of Pigg's Peak. The wall has a total height of 115m, making it the fifth highest dam in Southern Africa after the Katse and Mohale dams in Lesotho, Kariba in Zimbabwe and Cabora Bassa in Mozambique. When the dam is full it reaches a capacity of three hundred and thirty two million cubic meters, covering a surface area of one thousand and forty two hectares.Maguga dam is proves to be a wounderful place for tranquil and enjoyable experiences in the water flanked by enormous mountains on both sides. The dam is also an excellent venue for fishing, with some record Bass catches being recorded in recent months.
Other attractions near Pigg's Peak include:
- Magonigoni Falls
- Nsangwini Shelter bushman paintings
- Tekwane Crafts
- Tintsaba Crafts