Lobamba is the spiritual and cultural centre of the Kingdom of Swaziland. It is also the home to the Somhlolo National Stadium, the Houses of Parliament, the National Museum and Archives, and the King Sobhuza II Memorial Park, as well as the royal kraal at Ludzidzini, ringed by the plains on which the nation gathers for the annual Incwala and Umhlanga Festivals (Reed Dance). This area has been playing host to Swaziland’s royalty for over 200 years. Lobamba is the traditional, spiritual, and legislative capital city of Swaziland. The seat of the Parliament, the residence of Ntombi – the Queen Mother, and the reigning monarch King Mswati III’s Lozitha Palace are located in the area. The population of Lobamba, Swaziland is 4557 according to the Geo-Names geographical database.
Lobamba has many features and key attractions which include the kingdom’s Parliament, National Museum of Swaziland, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, the King Sobhuza II Memorial Park, Mantenga Nature Reserve which houses a lot of attractions such as the Mantenga Falls which is reputed to be Swaziland’s best known falls. Other attractions and must see include Sheba’s Breasts and Execution rock – a sort of mountain with a pointy peak that served as the point of judgement seat for any criminal in the past. Perpetrators of any form of crime be it theft, adultery etc where led to the peak of the mountain and then forced to jump to their deaths! The mountain is a definite must see. The foot of the mountain is where the Swazi royal graves are located. Another must see is the Somhlolo National Stadium, the 20,000 capacity stadium is used to host a lot of events including coronations, musical concerts and a host of others.
The cuisine in Lobamba combines traditional fruits and vegetables, unusual game and fish from the ocean, and a stand of cultures, colonies, trade routes, and history. Recipes that include fish marinated in ginger, tomatoes, and cayenne, cooked in peanut oil are available in most up-market restaurants in the kingdom. French cooking influence in most parts of Swaziland contain touches of lime juice, chopped vegetables including scallions, garlic, and marinades. Peanut oil, palm oil, and often coconut oils are common dishes in the kingdom. Order game, Lamb, the famous Swaziland lobster, and a vast repertoire of fish which add to a really sophisticated cuisine when dining out. Local starch based meals such as mealie pap, samp, with a variety of veggies and salads, sauces and stews are also readily available. For drinks the local Swaziland beer is a perfect choice if you like a strong kick. Otherwise try non-alcoholic wines and beverages.