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Manzini Area : Accommodation & Points Of Interest

Manzini Area - Swaziland

Manzini Area

The busy and lively centre of Manzini in Swaziland is the commercial and industrial centre of the country, and is situated about thirty kilometres to the Southeast of Mbabane, the capital of Swaziland. Unlike the Swaziland Ezulwini valley, you won't find many touristy African curios in Manzini, but you will find a twice-weekly market that is very noisy and crowded, and is typically African. Travellers to Manzini in Swaziland can visit The Bhunu, a new shopping mall, while The Hub, south of the market, has a good supermarket and several restaurants and takeaways. Visitors can see the original Swaziland Catholic mission, an elegant stone building opposite the new cathedral on Sandlane Street. Almost all of the Swaziland's entire industrial and commercial sector is based in Manzini. which was both the British and a Boer colonial headquarters from 1890 but was destroyed in 1902 during the Anglo-Boer War, when the administrative centre was transferred to Mbabane. Swaziland's Matsapha International Airport lies near the town.Business travellers to Swaziland are generally on the lookout for Manzini guest house accommodation or even Manzini self catering accommodation for easy access to this industrial hub. Manzini is only about a 30 minute drive to Mbabane and is worth considering if Swaziland accommodation is in short supply during the ever-popular Swaziland Reed Dance ceremony. Where to Stay registers numerous Mbabane and Manzini self catering accommodation choices as well as Mbabane and Manzini Guest house accommodation - ideal for Swaziland overnight stays for South African tourists en route to The Kruger National Park.

My Trip to Swaziland - Nkonyeni Golf Estate
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"We left Malelane in the Kruger National Park area for a long awaited game of golf in Swaziland.......the much praised Nkonyeni Golf estate in Manzini

The trip took about two and a half hours and was well worth it..

Driving through Swaziland can be a bit of a pain with the endless speed bumps and changing speed limits but Nkonyeni Golf Estate offered the perfect cure. The thatched club house was pretty impressive and the Bed and Breakfast accommodation was more than adequate. Perfect accommodation in "out of town" Swaziland

The Nkonyenii golf estate was quite spectacular. Carved out of the African Bush this golf course took no prisoners. Wide fairways long holes, manicured conditions and deep potted bunkers were the order of the day......what a delight.

For any golfing enthusiasts, this is definitely a big YES. The Swazi Spa golf course in Mbabane seems to have lost it's appeal and has definitely taken a back seat.

If you fail to find suitable self catering or B&B accommodation in Swaziland, there are also private lodges on the Nkonyeni Golf Estate estate that can be hired on a self catering accommodation basis.

Had two games of golf and left for Richards bay en route to Durban." - Avril and Frank

Review - Swaziland accommodation in Manzini - The George Hotel in Manzini, Swaziland

On a recent conference to The George Hotel in Manzini Swaziland, my husband's company included the spouses, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this well appointed Manzini hotel. The girls (and one guy), were treated to beauty treatments at the George Hotel day spa, and delicious meals at the St Georges Grill.

Besides interesting choices of typical Swaziland accommodation in Manzini there's an abundant night life, and we had many enjoyable evenings at clubs such as Cafe De Flore. We also spent a special evening at a great Portuguese restaurant in Manzini called the Gil Vicente.

Another Swaziland attraction not to be missed is the House of Fire, where we were stunned by some great local performances. The Swaziland Ezulwini Valley (place of heaven), is also within 25kms of The George Hotel, and offers alternate Swaziland hotel accommodation, restaurants, hot springs, casinos, craft markets, art galleries, riding stables, a nature reserve, a golf course and a cultural village.

Swaziland accommodation and activities are pretty underrated until you've been there - for golf in Swaziland, rather visit the private golf course near Manzini, it knocks spots off the old Royal Swazi Golf Course (Nkonyeni Lodge and Golf Estate Hotel in Manzini)
Beth Claridge