This region covers the north-western part of the country and is primarily highveld land, including the beautifully scenic Malolotja and Phophonyane Nature Reserves. It also includes the country’s capital, Mbabane, and the tourism hub of the Ezulwini Valley – home to the greatest concentration of hotel and lodges. With the wonderfully accessible Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and the royal area of Lobamba, this is a region packed with places of interest, and offering all the variety that Swaziland as a whole revels in – rich culture, beautiful scenery and great wildlife experiences.
To the north-west of the region, Pigg's Peak is the largest town, lying half way between Mbabane and South Africa's Kruger National Park, whilst Bulembu, in its wonderful setting, was once a thriving mining town, then abandoned and now being restored by a charity project.
Opposite Malolotja is Maguga Dam, a large lake created by the damming of the Nkomati River, and the fascinating Nsangwini – a 4000 year old rock art site.
Ngwenya is home to two of Swaizland’s most popular attractions – the Ngwenya Glass factory and craft village, and the Ngwenya Mine, home to the oldest mine in the world.
Around Mbabane and the Ezulwini Valley; Sibebe Rock, Sheba’s Breasts and Execution rock are all hills to explore, offering wonderful views, whilst the Mantenga Reserve, Village and Falls offers natural beauty and a great cultural experience in one.