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Lobamba is the traditional, spiritual, and legislative capital city of Swaziland, seat of the Parliament, and residence of the Ntombi, the Queen Mother. Mswati III lives about 10km away at the Lozitha Palace. The King and Queen Mother participate in annual December and January Incwala ceremonies and August and September Reed Dancees at the Royal Kraal.Key attractions are the Parliament, National Museum of Swaziland, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, and the King Sobhuza II Memorial Park. The Embo State Palace, not open to visitors, was built by the British government for the polygamous King Sobhuza II, whose family included 600 children. He led the movement for Swaziland's independence from the United Kingdom and was its first prime minister.OverviewIt is located in the western part of the country in the woodland "Valley of Heaven", or Ezulwini Valley. It is 16km from Mbabane, in the district of Hhohho and has a subtropical climate with a summer rainy season.In 1997 its population was 3,625. Its population in 2006 was 11,000. Across the country, 84.3% of its people are Swazi and 9.9% are Zulu. The remainder are Tsonga (2.5%), Indian (1.6%) and others (1.7%). Its official languages are Swazi and English.Lobamba is in Hhohho District. Our Eswatini (Swaziland) driving holiday planning tool combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
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