Lobamba

Overview

Introduction

At the eastern end of the Ezulwini Valley, 10 mi/15 km southeast of Mbabane, Lobamba is Swaziland's legislative capital and the royal residence. All the royal buildings, as well as State House, are closed to the public, but you can visit the Houses of Parliament and the National Museum for its displays on Swazi traditions and culture. Opposite the museum is a statue of King Sobhuza II standing in a structure with a domed roof and open arches.

The royal residence, on Lozitha Road in Lobamba, is the site of the umhlanga ceremony (also known as the reed dance) in late August or early September, as well as the Ncwala (also known as the First Fruits ceremony) in December.

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