Attraction Type: Culture/People
The Sugar Belt
The “company towns” of Simunye, Mhlume, Tshaneni and Big Bend have expanded considerably over the years with the development of the vast sugar estates there, which between them employ several thousand people. They all offer various amenities that include social clubs, which also offer accommodation, as well as shopping facilities and various sports, including golf. There is a par-three nine-hole course at Simunye and a more challenging nine-hole facility at Mananga.
Driving north from the Lavumisa border is the Riverside Restaurant and Hotel in the Riverside Complex at Big Bend, a convenient and pleasant stop in the area for an overnight stay or just a meal and a browse in the curio shop.
Mananga Country Lodge offers a delightful ambience on the golf course and is secured with gates and fencing to protect the game that roams within the grounds. There is an excellent restaurant and accommodation is available at the nearby guest house, which is adjacent to the sixth tee. Mananga Country Lodge has a fully equipped houseboat that sleeps up to four and has its own motor boat for fishing, as well as a sunset cruiser for up to 20 people.
To the far north of Lubombo near the Lomahasha border is the community-run Shewula Mountain Camp. Here visitors may stay with Swazi people in hutted accommodation and experience for themselves the local lifestyle and culture, while absorbing the country’s unique beauty. This community-run project is one of Swaziland’s most popular tourist venues and is a fine example of eco- tourism.