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A street in downtown Mbabane
Mbabane is located in Swaziland
Location of Mbabane in Swaziland.
Coordinates: 26°19′S 31°08′E / 26.317°S 31.133°E / -26.317; 31.133
Country  Swaziland
District Hhohho
Population (2003)
 - Total 95,000

Mbabane, with an estimated population of 95,000 (2007), is the capital and largest city of Swaziland. It is located on the Mbabane River and its tributary the Polinjane River in the Mdimba Mountains. It is located in the district of Hhohho, of which it is also the capital. The average elevation of the city is 3,800 ft. The population (estimated) in 1987 was 30,000.[1]

The town grew after the nation's administrative centre moved from Bremersdorp (now called Manzini) in 1902. It derives its name from a Chief, Mbabane Kunene, who lived in the area when British settlers arrived. It is also a commercial hub for the surrounding region, while tin and iron were mined nearby.

View of Mbabane

Mbabane's closest border crossing to South Africa is Ngwenya-Oshoek, and though siSwati is the primary language, English is widespread. Mbabane, and Swaziland itself, depend on tourism and sugar exports. The city has two sites for light industries.

Mbabane is the home of the Waterford-KaMhlaba United World College of Southern Africa, as well as one of the three campuses of the University of Swaziland. Also in Mbabane is the British High Commission which is responsible for relations between the governments of Swaziland and the United Kingdom.

Portable market hut in Mbabane

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The city has a mild climate and snow is a rare event, which occurs once or twice in a decade and the city averages only four days of frost a year. The average annual temperature is 15°C in July and 22°C in January [2].


  1. ^ Whitaker's Almamack; 1988
  2. ^ The Cambridge Factfinder; 4th ed.

Coordinates: 26°19′S 31°08′E / 26.317°S 31.133°E / -26.317; 31.133


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Mbabane is the capital of Swaziland.

Get in

The nearest airport is Manzini International. It is probably the only one in the country. South African Airways connects Manzini to Johannesburg. You can easily travel to Mbabane from South Africa and Mozambique. Several mini-buses travel between Maputo and Manzini/Mbabane. Regular bus service is provided between Johannesburg and Durban. If you drive your own car you will find good tarred roads and several petrol stations/shops on the main roads.


The town itself offers not that much. There are no big attractions. The city centre consist of two small malls, a taxi and bus range, a hotel and at some days open markets.


There is a Swazi cultural village close by and a game reserve. There are several factories around Mbabane which sell traditional hand-made Swazi candles.


sculptures, candles, glass, paintings, etc

  • Mantenga Lodge, Mantenga Road , Ezulwini Valley (15km from Mbabane), +268-4161049, [1]. The Lodge has 38 rooms each with its own en-suite bathroom. The rooms are tastefully furnished to ensure your comfort and are equipped with air conditioning, television (including satellite channels. (S26.31,E31.14) edit
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  1. The capital of Swaziland.

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Coordinates: 26°19′S 31°8′E / 26.317°S 31.133°E / -26.317; 31.133
Country Swaziland
District Hhohho
Population (2003)
 - Total 70,000 (est)
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)

Mbabane is the capital city of the African country of Swaziland. It is located on the Mbabane River and the Polinjane River in the Mdimba Mountains. The city is located in the district of Hhohho. Mbabane is the capital of Hhohho. The city has an estimated population of 70,000 people.

The town grew after the country's administrative centre moved from Manzini in 1902. It is also the commercial center for the surrounding region. Tin and iron are mined nearby.

siSwati is the main language of the city but many people also speak English. The economy of Mbabane, and Swaziland itself, is based on tourism and sugar exports.


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