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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  • 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.  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.
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