Mbabane is quite the interesting city and that isn’t only in reference to its growing street fashion culture, lively shisanyama’s or its buzzing night-life. Mbabane is interesting in every sense. From its humorous people, to its quaint coffee shops. Its multi-cultural cuisine spots to its four seasons in one day weather habits. If you’re planning a trip to this micro-capital city of Eswatini here’s a quick guide of what to pack in order to get the most out of your trip; especially at this time of the year.
Good Hiking shoes
It is no secret that our terrain makes for the most fun outdoorsy excursions. Pack a good pair of hiking boots for all those trails and hikes you can explore while in the country. We recommend taking a short drive out of town, down into Pine Valley to experience our mighty Sibebe. Or even take a walk through Emafini’s scenic trails that lead all the way to a stunning waterfall. Whatever you choose to do though, just pack the hiking shoes.
Why visit one of the most gorgeous countries in Southern Africa and NOT carry a camera to capture the memories with. Smart phone may have made our lives easier now, but nothing beats a good long range lens camera to capture all those safari images or the orange rays of a sunset dipping behind the valley. If I may add, the city sits in a gorgeous panoramic view from the hill above our hotel in the evening. Don’t miss out an opportunity to capture that.
If you’re planning to do view wildlife while you’re in Eswatini, be sure to have a pair of binoculars packed. Big game parks offers an array of safari experiences. From seeing the big five at Mkhaya game reserve, just a two hour drive from the city, to sunset safari drive experiences of small game at Mlilwane and even safari on horseback. If you’re into bird watching as well, then you’re also in luck because Eswatini is a birding paradise.
Summer is drawing to a close and is making quite the grand exit too. From the early morning thundershowers to unexpected drizzle in the afternoons, you’re much safer packing gear to combat getting caught in the rain. Pack a few sweaters too; for those days when Mbabane chooses to go through all four seasons in one day. At least we warned you.
Imagine the horror of having your phone powering off while out and about exploring and then realising that your charger can’t fit in any of the local power outlets. Pack a travel adaptor for the sake of your sanity. However, should it somehow trickle through your list unchecked, fret not; The Mountain inn has travel adapters available at the front desk for all our guests.
Sense of adventure
Lastly, pack your sense of adventure. No really; even if it’s a business trip. After all, what would be the point of traveling all the way to a new country and not being open to new experiences? Be open to discovering an alternative way of life. Be open to experiencing the city and all its elements. Be open to learning something new about Eswatini that you had no idea of prior to coming here and most importantly, be open to learning something new about YOURSELF. Travel is after all school on the road and the reward of it is a lifetime of memories and an unleashed perspective. So, my best advice to you; don’t just pack for a trip. Pack for all the great stories you will have to tell upon returning home.