MBABANE

Introduction

Info Mbabane


introduction

Mbabane, with an estimated population of 94,874 , is the capital and largest city in Swaziland.

It is located on the Mbabane River and its tributary the Polinjane River in the Mdzimba Mountains.


info
POPULATION : 94,874  
FOUNDED :  1902
TIME ZONE :
LANGUAGE : English (official), siSwati (official)
RELIGION : Zionist 40% (a blend of Christianity and indigenous ancestral worship), Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 10%, other 30%
AREA : 150 km2 (60 sq mi)
ELEVATION : 1,243 m (4,078 ft)
COORDINATES : 26°19′S 31°08′E
SEX RATIO : Male: 49.32%  
 Female: 50.68%
ETHNIC : African 97%, European 3%
AREA CODE :
POSTAL CODE : H100
DIALING CODE : +268
WEBSITE : Official Website


Tourism

The town itself offers not that much. There are no big attractions. The city centre consist of two small malls, a taxi and bus range, a hotel and at some days open markets.

  • Tourist information officeSozisa Road (Cooper Centre),  2404-25318am-4.45pm. Free maps of Mbabane and Swaziland and info on places to stay all over Swaziland. It does not seem to be there anymore.


History

The town grew after the nation's administrative centre moved from Bremersdorp (now called Manzini) in 1902. It derives its name from a Chief, Mbabane Kunene, who lived in the area when British settlers arrived.


History

The town grew after the nation's administrative centre moved from Bremersdorp (now called Manzini) in 1902. It derives its name from a Chief, Mbabane Kunene, who lived in the area when British settlers arrived.


Climate

Due to its altitude, Mbabane features a milder, more moderate form of a humid subtropical climate

The city averages only four days of frost a year. The average annual temperature is 11 °C (52 °F) in July and 22 °C (72 °F) in January.


Geography

Mbabane is located in the district of Hhohho, of which it is also the capital, and lies on the Mbabane River and its tributary the Polinjane River in the Mdimba Mountains. The average elevation of the city is 1243 meters. Neighbourhoods and suburbs include Mbangweni, Sidwashini, Kent Rock, Sandla, Westridge Park, Malunge, New Checkers, Msunduza and Vukutentele.


Economy

Mbabane's closest border crossing to South Africa is Ngwenya-Oshoek, and though siSwati is the primary language, English is widespread. Mbabane, and Swaziland itself, depend on tourism and sugar exports. It is also a commercial hub for the surrounding region, while tin and iron were mined nearby. The city has two sites for light industries.

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