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Location of Lobamba in Swaziland

Lobamba is the traditional and legislative capital of Swaziland, seat of the Parliament and residence of the Queen Mother. It is located in the west of the country, in the Ezulwini valley, 16 km from Mbabane, in the district of Hhohho. Its population is 5,800.

Lobamba is famous for two ceremonies: the Reed Dance, celebrated in August and September in honour of the Queen Mother, and the Incwala, in December and January in honour of the King. These ceremonies include dancing, singing, and celebrations with traditional attire.

The Embo State Palace, the Royal Kraal, Swazi National Museum, Parliament of Swaziland and a museum dedicated to Sobhuza II of Swaziland lie in the town, while the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Matsapha Airport lie nearby.

Coordinates: 26°28′S 31°12′E / 26.467°S 31.2°E / -26.467; 31.2

population: 1,000,039


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Lobamba is the royal and legislative capital of Swaziland.

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Lobamba
Coordinates: 26°28′S 31°12′E / 26.467°S 31.2°E / -26.467; 31.2
Country Swaziland
District Hhohho
Population (1995)
 - Total 10,000 (est)
Time zone Central African Time (UTC+2)

Lobamba is the legislative capital of Swaziland. The Parliament of Swaziland and home of the Queen Mother are in this city. It is located in the west of the country, in the district of Hhohho. Its population is about 10,000 people [1].

Lobamba is famous for two ceremonies. The Reed Dance is in August and September. This celebration is in honour of the Queen Mother. The Incwala Kingship, in December and January, is in honour of the King. These ceremonies include dancing, singing, and celebrations with traditional clothing.

The Embo State Palace, the Royal Kraal, Swazi National Museum, Swazi Parliament and a museum about Sobhuza II of Swaziland are in the town. The Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Matsapha Airport lie nearby.

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  1. As of 1995







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