Tourist attractions in Eswatini (Swaziland) are plentiful, offering a diverse array of sites of interest, natural features and events. The main tourist hub for Eswatini (Swaziland) is the Ezulwini valley, otherwise known as the valley of heaven, where the greatest density of tourist attractions and sites of interest can be found, also where Lidwala Lodge is located. Other tourist attractions, sites of interest and natural features are scattered widely across the four regions of the Kingdom: Hhohho, Manzini, Lubombo and Shiselweni.

Map of tourist attractions in Eswatini (Swaziland)
Map showing tourist attractions of Eswatini (Swaziland)

Tourist Attractions in Ezulwini

Tourist attractions in Ezulwini have made the valley famous for it’s mountainous scenery, impressive hotels and diverse sites. This picturesque valley between the Capital, Mbabane, and Industrial centre, Matsapha, cradles the cultural heart of the Kingdom, Lobamba. Home to the royal residence of His Majesty King Mswati III, houses of parliament, national museum and national stadium, Lobamba is also the base for the famous cultural festivals in spring (the royal reed dance or ‘Umhlanga’) and summer (the royal harvest or ‘Incwala’). There are a wide range of places to stay and accommodation options in Ezulwini of which Lidwala Lodge is one. Located in the heart of the Ezulwini valley Lidwala Lodge’s accommodation is a stone’s throw from most of the tourist attractions.

Natural Attractions in Ezulwini or nearby

Sheba’s Breast Mountain, accessible from Lidwala Lodge, Roki Centre, Ezulwini Main Road
• Execution Rock or Nyonyane Mountain in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
• Mantenga Waterfall in Mantenga Nature Reserve
• Mdzimba Mountains accessible from All Out Africa’s Elangeni Community Education Centre or the Tea Road
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Mantenga Nature Reserve

Cultural Attractions in Ezulwini or nearby

National Museum
Mantenga Cultural Village
• Ezulwini Craft Market, a short 300m walk from Lidwala Lodge

Events of Interest in Ezulwini or nearby

‘Umhlanga’ reed dance ceremony (in spring – around September) a short drive from Lidwala Lodge
‘Incwala’ royal harvest festival (in summer – around December) a short drive from Lidwala Lodge

Tourist attractions in Eswatini (Swaziland)
Umhlanga reed dance ceremony

Tourist Attractions in Hhohho Region

Tourist attractions in Hhohho centre around it’s mountainous scenery and waterfalls. This region of north western Eswatini (Swaziland) is great for hiking and sightseeing.

Natural Attractions in Hhohho

Natural Attractions in Hhohho are abundant and here is a select list of our take on the top tourist attractions in the region. All of these attractions are accessible from Lidwala Lodge for a day visit and are within 1hr drive away.
Malolotja Nature Reserve
Phophonyane Conservancy
• Lomati Nature Reserve
Mvembili Nature Reserve
• Emlembe mountain, accessible from Bulembu Country Lodge
• Malolotja falls in Malolotja Nature Reserve
• Mahulungwane falls and pools in Malolotja Nature Reserve
• Silotfwane mountain in Malolotja Nature Reserve
• Phophonyane falls in Phophonyane Nature Reserve
• Lufafa Mountain in Lomati Nature Reserve
• Maguga dam, accessible from Maguga Lodge
• Sibebe Mountain, accessible from Sibebe Lodge

Cultural Attractions in Hhohho

• Lion cavern historic mine site in Malolotja Nature Reserve
• Nsangwini rock art, a short drive from Maguga Lodge
Ngwenya glass craft market

Tourist Attractions in Manzini Region

Cultural attractions in Eswatini (Swaziland)
Incwala royal harvest festival

Tourist attractions in the Manzini region take you to the heart of the Kingdom. This region of central Eswatini (Swaziland) is great for craft and sightseeing.

Natural Attractions in the Manzini Region

Natural Attractions in Manzini are plentiful and here is our take on the top tourist attractions in the region. All of these attractions are accessible from Lidwala Lodge for a day visit and are within 1hr drive away.
Wide Horizons Nature Reserve
Dombeya Game Reserve
Nkonyeni Game Reserve
Ekhaya Game Reserve
Ngwempisi Wilderness Area
• Makungutsha mountain, accessible from Wide Horizons Retreat
• Ngwempisi Gorge, accessible from Khopo Lodge
• Ntfungula mountain, accessible from Khelekhele Lodge

Cultural Attractions in the Manzini Region

Malandela’s craft market
Swazi Candles craft market

Events of Interest in the Manzini Region

Bushfire Music Festival at House on Fire (in autumn – last weekend of May)
Luju Food Festival at House on Fire (in winter – first weekend of August)
Swazi Rally at Rider’s Ranch (in spring – first weekend of September)

Tourist Attractions in Lubombo

Wildlife attractions in Eswatini (Swaziland)
Fishing and big game in the lowveld and Lubombo

Tourist attractions in Lubombo are based around big game and the rugged Lubombo hills. This region of north eastern Eswatini (Swaziland) is great for wildlife viewing and safaris.

Natural Attractions in Lubombo

Natural Attractions in the Lubombo region abound and we believe the following are the top features worth visiting. All of these attractions are accessible from Lidwala Lodge for a day visit and are within 1 ½hour drive away.
Hlane Royal National Park
Mkhaya Game Reserve
Mbuluzi Game Reserve
Kamsholo Game Reserve
Mlawula Nature Reserve
Mhlosinga Game Reserve
Shewula Nature Reserve
• Muti-muti Conservancy
• IYSIS Game Reserve and sand river dam, accessible from Mananga Country Lodge
• Mbuluzi Gorge, accessible Mbuluzi Camp Site or Mlawula Nature Reserve

Cultural Attractions in Lubombo

Sugarcane Museum, Tambankulu
• Border cave, site of oldest human remains, a short drive then steep walk from Kamsholo Game Reserve on the South African border

Tourist Attractions in Shiselweni

Tourist attractions in Shiselweni are based around scenery and wildlife. This region of south eastern Eswatini (Swaziland) is great for exploring off the beaten track.

Natural Attractions in Shiselweni

Natural Attractions in the Shiselweni region are impressive but a little off the beaten track. All of these attractions are accessible from Lidwala Lodge for a day visit and are within 1 ½hour drive away.
Royal Jozini Big 6 Game Reserve
• Jozini Dam
• Mahamba Mountain, accessible from Mahamba Gorge Lodge
• Mahamba Gorge, accessible from Mahamba Gorge Lodge
• Ndlotane Gorge, a short drive from Mahamba Gorge Lodge
• Mkhondvo Gorge, a short drive from Hlatikulu

Cultural Attractions in Shiselweni

• Mahamba Methodist Church, oldest church in Eswatini (Swaziland)

Natural attractions in Eswatini (Swaziland)
Mountains, waterfalls and scenery in Eswatini (Swaziland)

Tours to Eswatini’s (Swaziland’s) Attractions

Tours to the above attractions can be arranged from Lidwala Lodge using our recommended Tour Operator, All Out Africa, who have excellent quality vehicles and guides and can arrange any combination of options and can also recommend and plan itineraries. Something we believe is that the entire Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland) is an attraction including it’s scenery, wildlife, way of life and people.