Mantenga Nature Reserve and Cultural Village

Mantenga Cultural Village is situated in the Mantenga Nature Reserve and provides visitors with an opportunity to experience traditional Swazi culture and lifestyle in a fully interactive setting. Visit a Swazi family at home, learn the ancient skill of weaving a traditional beehive hut, try your hand at cooking over an open fire, or grinding maize in the time-honoured way. You can also consult the local inyanga, or diviner, dance to the rhythms of an African drum or join the men as they relax around the fire with a pot of tjwala, traditional home-brewed beer.

Nearby is the Swazi River Café, which offers warm Swazi hospitality and a choice of traditional delicacies blended with conventional western dishes to tantalise the most discerning of palates.

The nearby Mantenga Lodge provides tented guest accommodation that blends unobtrusively into its natural surroundings. Constructed under thatch, each tent has en suite bathrooms and a veranda with views of the surrounding bushveld.

The River Cafe:

The River Cafe offers an excellent view of our natural environment as you enjoy our sumptuous meals. They also cater for small and large functions. The restaurant seats 45 comfortably, or a total of 100 including the terrace. Lunch and dinner are available a la carte, or buffet for groups. A breakfast buffet is available as well as cooked breakfast a la carte. Children’s meals are half price (ages 5-11). Traditional food is also offered at the Cultural Village Restaurant.


Accommodation at Mantenga consists of 26 chalets, en-suite, four with shower and bath, 22 with showers. The chalets are fully equipped and have electricity.

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