24 hours in Athena Lao

Published on January 8th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team

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24 HOURS IN MBABANE

Photo courtesy of Athena Lao, Flickr

While most travellers come to Swaziland for the game watching, the kingdom’s sleepy capital still has a few tricks up its sleeve and is well worth a look while resting between game drives. From colonial-era country homesteads to souvenir-laden markets, explore Mbabane at a chilled pace.   

10am Get your souvenir shopping out of way by heading to Swazi Candles. This retail stalwart has been here for years, providing travellers with all their souvenir candle needs. See how the candles are made in the workshop, then stock up on wares for your folks back home… because nothing says I love you like a candle shaped like a rhino! Nearby, other craft shops offer something different for those opposed to candles.

1pm With the sun at its zenith, retreat to the mountains for lunch on the shaded terrace of the Foresters Arms Hotel. Every now and then, there’s no shame in revelling in free wifi, delicious food and blessed, glorious shade.

4pm Pay a visit to Indingilizi Gallery to see an eclectic mix of modern and tranditional art and crafts, all made by local Swazi artists and craftspeople.

6pm Finish your day with some traditional Swazi food at eDladleni restaurant. It may be a little tricky to find (probably because it doesn’t actually have an address) but the hunt will be worth it when you’re feasting on impala in wine sauce, wild rabbit marinated in “secret Swazi spices”, mutton curry, and warthog. Go on… you won’t find these on the menu at home.

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