Known by the siSwati name of Ligugu Lemswati meaning “the pride of the Swazi people”, the Mantenga Cultural Village is a worthwhile excursion for anyone wanting to learn more about the Swazi Culture. Conveniently located a short drive from the Royal Swazi Sun just off the Mbabane - Manzini road, Lingugu Lemaswati is a living museum representing the traditional Swazi way of life in the 1850s. Whilst traditions are still followed in Swaziland, modern influences have had an impact on traditional ways.
The main aim of the village is to enable all Swazis to visit it in order to maintain a positive interest in their cultural heritage and language and provide a forum for display of Swazi customs, rituals, dance, music, folklore, arts and crafts.
The village comprises 16 beehive shaped grass and reed huts, all built with traditional materials. A Swazi guide dressed in traditional costume welcomes visitors to the village. As visitors are led through the village, the guide will provide a glimpse into the day to day village life of the time. Visit a Swazi family at home and learn the ancient skill of weaving a traditional beehive hut. Try your hand at cooking over an open fire or grinding maize in the time-honoured way. Traditional dance performances are held at regular intervals throughout the day and visitors are able consult a traditional healer.
Accommodation is available in the nearby tented camp. Constructed under thatch and all en-suite, these well-appointed tents blend subtly into the natural surroundings. Visit the on-site Swazi River Café where the clever blending of traditional Swazi and western dishes is a cultural treat in itself!