The greater Pigg’s Peak is located in the north western part of Swaziland. With a long and interesting history, the town is most famous for its gold deposits, first recorded in modern times in about 1872. Gold was mined until 1954 but although initially successful, the venture never really took off. Piggs Peak’s main industry now is forestry. Piggs Peak is named after an early resident, William Pigg, who discovered a gold reef there on 26 March 1884. The town’s name is often Africanised in local parlance to ‘Spiggy-Speegy’, or even just ‘Spiggy’. Pigg made his fortune in gold, after discovering a reef in the nearby hills, his ‘peak’ was the nearby summit of Emlembe, Swaziland’s highest mountain. As mining developed in the region – first gold and then asbestos – so the intersection of the Bulembu supply road with the Mbabane–Matsamo corridor became a local hub, offering services to settlers. This was the origin of Piggs Peak today’s town, and also its entry route for tourists.
The Phophonyane Falls in the Phophonyane Ecolodge and Nature Reserve nestled in a beautiful serene environment is a must see in the area. Another must see is the Piggs Peak Casino situated in the hotel of same name, which takes its name from the area. The casino is well equipped and provides a good entertainment for gamblers and fun seekers alike. Maguga Dam is a major attraction in the area and often regarded as the reason for opening up of the area with influx of visitors. Visit the dam site which also doubles as a great view site of the greater Piggs Peak area atop the Maguga/Komati Bridge. Nsangwini Rock Art is a 4000 year old rock painting by the San/ bushmen which was discovered in 1955. The hike down the caves is a great adventure on its own and once there take in the historical site and imagine the bushmen artists recording history for generations.
Many Western foods are available in Swazi grocery stores, but traditional foods are still common, as is modern convenient food based on traditional ingredients. Maize-based dishes are popular, and mealie or pap (similar to porridge) is a staple. Beans, groundnuts, pumpkin, avocado and sour milk are also common ingredients. Dried and cooked local meats, such as antelope (often called \'wild meat\' by locals), are widely available at tourist restaurants. \"Chicken dust\" is a cheap local bbq meal; basically chicken grilled in the open served with a salad and mealie. For drinks try the Marula which is locally brewed during the marula season, however it may be difficult to find as it is home-brewed, so ask the locals. Other drinks such as wine, juices, and other non-alcoholic as well as strong spirits are all readily available in restaurants, pubs and clubs.