Mbabane at a glance
Mbabane is eSwatini's capital city, and it is known for its scenic setting and temperate climate. It is the country's biggest city, widely known for its relaxed ambience. With its relatively cool climate, abundance of things to see and do and friendly ambience, Mbabane is deservedly a well-loved home to its inhabitants, as well as a popular place to visit. Its strong sense of community makes Mbabane an ideal place to live a comfortable life.
A brief history of the area
Mbabane's story begins in the 1750s, when Chief Mbabane Kunene, after whom the city is named, made the area his home. In 1903, following the end of the Ango-Boer War, it became eSwatini's British colonial capacity. The first post office opened its doors in 1906, but it was only after the country gained its independence in 1968 that Mbabane began to expand, later receiving "city" status in 1992.
For those who enjoy year-round temperature weather, Mbabane could easily be paradise. The hottest months of the year are January, February and March, in which maximum temperatures are around 25ºC, dropping to approximately 15ºC at night. The coolest months are June and July, when it tends to be about 20ºC during the heat of the day and around 6ºC at night. Mbabane receives the majority of its rainfall between October and March.
Schools in the area
There are a number of excellent schools in Mbabane, ensuring that your child can get the best possible start on the road to achieving big things.
Primary schools in the area include Sifundzani Primary School, Montessori Life Primary School and Bahai Primary School.
High schools in the area include Sifundzani High School, United World College of Southern Africa, Mbabane Central High School and Woodlands High School.
Tertiary education needs are met by institutions such as the University of eSwatini and the Swaziland Christian University.
Healthcare in the area
Mbabane Hospital is the local government hospital, while the needs of those who prefer private healthcare are met by Mbabane Clinic. A variety of doctors, dentists, gynaecologists and other medical professionals can be found in the city.
Mbabane is home to Swaziland's largest shopping mall — Swazi Plaza. Boasting 48 000 square metres of retail space, this centre is sure to meet all your needs. The
Distance from key points (Airport)
eSwatini's international airport, King Mswati III International Airport, is located 92km, or a drive of approximately an hour and 40 minutes, from Mbabane.
There are a number of great restaurants to choose from if you should find yourself in Mbabane and looking to dine out. Ramblas offers a wide array of delicious cocktails as well as sublime seafood, a range of meat dishes, pizzas and much more. When you're looking for a cup of great coffee, friendly people and great customer servie, look no further than Cafe Monate.
Looking for a fun way to spend a day in and around Mbabane? eSwatini's capital has no shortage of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.
1. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
This conservation area is home to a wide variety of species, and can be explored on one's own or as part of a tour. Don't miss the breathtaking Nyonyane Mountain (Execution Rock), which is an exposed granite peak. There are also picnic spots, mountain bike trails and a swimming pool, as well as horse riding, camping and game drives.
2. Mantenga Nature Reserve and Swazi Cultural Village
Come and experience a guided tour of a cultural village, which is described as a living museum depicing the classical Swazi way of life as it was lived during the 1850s.
Make Mbabane your home. Let it be your story.
Mbabane, and the Kingdom of eSwatini as a whole, has loads to offer. Seeff eSwatini has a number of homes available to buy and to rent in Mbabane. Contact them and let them help you find the home that's right for you in Mbabane.