Swazi Village Home Stay

Swazi Village Home Stay

Swazi Village Home Stay, Kaphunga, Next to matjana primary school Mbabane, Manzini M200 Eswatini (Swaziland)
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Swazi Village Home Stay is situated in the hills of Swaziland, off the beaten track, 55km away from the urban environment. Set in the peaceful rural village, Swazi Village Home Stay will leave you feeling like an honored and privileged guest. Ideally perched at the edge of the community. Enjoy sleeping in Swazi Traditional huts and meeting the locals and visiting the local schools, and helping
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Free parking
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Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Hand massage
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Secured parking
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary tea
Shuttle bus service
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Allergy-free room
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Mountain view
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Charming
Languages Spoken
English, French

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Swazi Village Home Stay, Kaphunga, Next to matjana primary school Mbabane, Manzini M200 Eswatini (Swaziland)
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Matsapha Intl Airport
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King Mswati III Airport
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Francesca wrote a review Jan 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark6 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Myxo gave us the incredible chance to get closer to a rural village in eSwatini. The cute little village in the middle of the mountain is a little hidden pearl. We arrived and saw a football match and the locals were all very friendly with us and willing to chat and know a bit about us. Unfortunately the visit to the school was not possible cause it was holiday period so we went for a walk and chat with Myxo he afternoon after we arrived. The day after we went for another walk and along the way we saw other houses and went for a brief visit to the Home stay's neighbours. We ate local food and slept in the traditional Swati hut. The drive to the place was pretty "intense" as the road is broken and full of holes, luckily nothing happened to our car but probably better to drive to there with Myxo who is better used to it than us, but yet...it was still part of the experience.
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Date of stay: December 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Response from Swazivillage, Owner at Swazi Village Home Stay
Responded 18 Feb 2020
I am glad that you enjoyed the stay with us in the village , being with you guys was like having friends visiting you. Was seeing your boyfriend getting into local football. All the best from eSwatini
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Trollet137 wrote a review Jul 2015
Gothenburg, Sweden27 contributions6 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were looking for a non-turistic homestay in Swaziland in a genuine village - and we truly found it! I can truly recommend this nice place! It was a bit tricky to go there (bad roades), but it was really worth it in the end! The host was very friendly and we got nice food (nicely prepared over open fire), a short walk to a great sunset view and then a FANTASTIC bath (in the open in a bath tub with hot water from a fire) under billions of stars. Can it be better?! Then we had a good sleep in a little hut (on two single madresses with extra blankets). No malaria. In the morning we had a nice breakfast (with toast over open fire) and a walk to a close village. We also made a visit the the primary school (joind it for a lesson) just next to the Homestay :-) I really really loved it. I hope a lot of people find there way to this place, as we did :-)
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Date of stay: July 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Swazivillage, Owner at Swazi Village Home Stay
Responded 22 Jul 2015
Thank you Daniel. We are happy that you had a good time, I was actually worried if you will make it to the village after our numerous phone calls while you were trying to come to our house. Im glad that the local people were very friendly and helped you to find us. It was great pleasure to have you and you were both relaxed it was amazing. Thank you spread the Swazi Spirit :)
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EducationalPaths wrote a review Oct 2013
Zaragoza, Spain13 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great experience. Strongly recommended for people who like to return from a trip with more than pictures, living in a typical Swati house and interacting with the locals. Easy hiking and school visits available and the food and the language lessons provided were great.

If you are after a real cultural experience during your trip to Swaziland then this is a must.

Check this video for an example on how we experienced it:

http://educationalpathsaroundtheworld.blogspot.com/2013/10/school-education-in-rural-swaziland_25.html
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Date of stay: October 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Swazivillage, Owner at Swazi Village Home Stay
Responded 10 May 2014
We are happy that you have enjoyed your stay with in in our village, most importantly we have enjoyed the cultural exchange it was very informative couple of days. Our kids have learn lots from your stay in our community. You are always welcome in the future.
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Zoe D wrote a review Nov 2016
Seattle, Washington11 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay with Swazi Village Home Stay was one of the most valuable things we did during our time in southern Africa. Bobo, Siswe, and Myxo did everything they could to make sure we were well taken care of and stretched us to learn as much as we could. They encouraged us to get out of our comfort zones to try out some of the new siSwati words they taught us with local villagers, try new foods, and open our minds to the different customs, traditions, beliefs, and structures of both past and present day life in Swaziland. They catered the activities to our interests, making sure we got a balance of experiences led by them and self-guided exploration. We started our time with Swazi Village Home Stay by receiving a crash course in siSwati language over traditional Swazi breakfast porridge at the market, then got some time to explore the market wares and greet the sellers. Next we drove up into the hills to Kaphunga village, settled into the little compound of huts we'd call our home for the night, discussed Swazi customs in the Ancestral Hut, had lunch, and helped with some chores like fetching water from a water tank in a nearby ravine to help us understand the daily necessities of village life. Then we set out on our own for a bit for walk through the village, greeting and meeting some of the neighbors in our basic siSwati along the way. Next we toured a nearby family compound and met the members of the family who lived there before watching the sunset over the hills from a lookout rock. That evening we ate a delicious dinner of grilled chicken, collard greens, pap, and beans, then swapped jokes and stories from our respective cultures with our hosts and some of the neighbors around the fire long into the night until the stars twinkled over our heads. The next morning, we chose to wake early to see the sunrise over the valley and we were sure glad we did! It rose like a glowing ball of fire over faraway Mozambique and then reflected in a large reservoir in the Swazi valley below us so that it looked like there were two fiery suns! We ate a breakfast of pap porridge with brown sugar and fruit, washed it down with some chicory coffee, then walked out onto the bluff with Bobo and Siswe to get a sweeping view of the valley from atop Lion King-like rocks. Along the way, we met a couple more neighboring families and saw their homesteads and farms. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Kaphunga and learned a lot! We're so glad we did it!
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There wasn't as much time interacting with villagers and doing activities with them as we had...
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Response from Swazivillage, Owner at Swazi Village Home Stay
Responded 23 Nov 2016
Thank you for your positive and genuine response after your visit to our village. Its great to see that you appreciated every thing even the trying our the local language. My Brother bobo and my nephew did tell me they had a great time as well spending time with you.
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Paulo S. wrote a review Nov 2015
Lisbon, Portugal31 contributions6 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Myxo picked up us at Ponta do Ouro, in Mozambique. After an adventurous, but at the same time very funny, trip through sandy roads in Mozambique, and two border controls, we arrived Swaziland, for our stay at the swazi village.
From the meals carefully cooked by Bobo, to the Swazi culture lessons of Myxo, the stay at the grass hut, the hiking in the surroundings, the visits to the kindergarten and school, and the astonishing views at around 900 m height, everything was unique and unforgettable.
A lovely immersion in true Swaziland. Not to miss. At all.
At the end, we still crossed the Ezulwini valley on our way to Kruger Park, always with Myxo.
I owe a special thank to Myxo for his availability and patience while exchanging dozens of emails with me to plan everything.
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Date of stay: October 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Swazivillage, Owner at Swazi Village Home Stay
Responded 13 Jan 2016
It was great few days with Paolo and his wonderful softly spoken wife, after and adventurous pick up from Ponta Dour in Mozambique we just connected well till i dropped them off in the Kruger park. I believe they also had a great time there.
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KooChoLondon_UK wrote a review May 2015
London, United Kingdom361 contributions157 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was quite a unique experience for both my boyfriend and me. Myxo picked us up at Johannesburg airport and we drove to the village stopping at different locations on the way. We had a lot of time to talk and learnt so much about the Swazi culture which is quite distinct. We are not the type of travellers that look for the comforts of a hotel room, but more eager to learn something about the places we visit and the people we encounter. And this experience certainly provided plenty of it. Sleeping in the hut, going to the “bathroom” in the middle of the night night (which was in another little hut, lit by a candle) duly escorted by boyfriend, cooking around the fire in the kitchen-hut was quite unique and surely we can’t think anywhere else where we could have experienced it. We had the opportunity to interact with a lot of local Swazis of all ages. The beautiful walk next morning with a visit to the neighbouring village, meeting the big family of the village, and going to the church service (where an absolutely fantastic performance took place, a “trance” type of dance that took several minutes, followed by a sit down Christian mass!). None of this could have been experienced otherwise, without the scheme Myxo had in place. For all of that, I’d recommend it as a very exceptional experience. I thought this was a totally “non-touristy” deal – as often certain attractions can be. Great memories to keep.
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Date of stay: June 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Better not to drive yourself as roads are a bit tricky.
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Response from Swazivillage, Owner at Swazi Village Home Stay
Responded 22 Jul 2015
Hello Koo. Am glad you had a great time with us (me) in the village yes i also had a great time with you guys while i took you all the way to Kruger. The village kids had a great time as well, well you know what to do when you are in the area. Hope you are well and happy pass on the message :)
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Peter D wrote a review Apr 2015
Southampton, United Kingdom77 contributions32 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were met in Manzini market by Myxo, and from the moment our experience began it was awesome. Our 3 children (two 8 year olds and a 5 year old) and ourselves were taught some of the local language, introduced to a Swazi breakfast and shown round the market with some time for browsing the craft market too. We then left our hire car in an underground car park, and travelled in Myxo's minibus (we could have driven in our car if we had wanted to) up to the village, around an hours drive away. The location is stunning and no photo does it justice. Myxo and his brother who was staying at the time, were great with the children and got a great balance between encouraging them to experience the culture (school visits, watching the corn being collected by oxen from the fields, helping sort the corn ready for drying, eating local food round the fire, a walk to a local viewpoint, and sleeping in the traditional beehive hut) whilst also producing a bowl of baked beans and cheese sandwiches at just the right time! I was also impressed by the careful and sensitive way in which he supports the villagers and travellers to understand each others cultural expectations.
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Date of stay: April 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Swazivillage, Owner at Swazi Village Home Stay
Responded 22 Jul 2015
Am happy to hear that the whole family was excited and well enjoyed the stay in our house. Having kids for us is very good because we know that they get to learn some beyond what they could have thought at any given time that is why we always concentrate on them and besides they are always show full appreciation.
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MrGlobetrotter_11 wrote a review Mar 2015
Edinburgh129 contributions56 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After a 7 hour drive from JNB, I was looking forward to a beer upon arriving, not thinking that Swazi people do not normally have a fridge full of cold beers.
Mixu's vision is to make this as close an experience to how Swazi people live in the country side, which means no actors doing twice a day cultural shows, nor cold beers for that matter.
We stayed 3 nights and found that in a subsistence culture you have a lot of time on your hands outside of the planting and harvesting season - bring a good book.
In terms of activities, Mixu had arranged for the children of a local preschool to attend on a Saturday. We got a chance to talk to the teacher and partake in various children's activities. We also popped into the shop next door; always interesting to see what is regarded as essentials in different cultures.
During the afternoon we spent time with the family across the road from Mixu's place. Our SiSwati is non-existent; but observing was great fun.
On Sunday there was the obligatory church. Normally Swazis will spend 4 hours non-stop at church; but we left after about an hour, having got the hang of what was going on. This Swazi version of The Zion Church is Christianity with a heavy dose of traditional culture thrown in. Or is it traditional culture dressed up as Christianity? Fascinating.
The sleeping arrangements were very comfortable in a traditional Swazi hut and the advertised "Outside Pit Latrine Toilet" was clean and had a fantastic view over the country side.
Mixu and his helpers are excellent cooks, being able to cook everything on a wood fire.
A concession to modernity was the outside bath. Having a bath under the stars was amazing.
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Date of stay: March 2015
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Swazivillage, Owner at Swazi Village Home Stay
Responded 05 Mar 2015
It was a great weekend for us as well to spend time with you. Thank you for the amazing stories you have shared with us it was such amazing to hear it all. Thank you for appreciating our culture. We will keep you posted about our school progress.
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Robbie K wrote a review Feb 2015
Perth, Australia16 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I did this back when it began.

I was one of the guinea pigs :)

Well worth it.

If you get a chance do it but just remember your on Swazi time :)

I learnt this quite quickly when an 08:00am booking didn't turn up until 12:00pm, that's all good no point rushing around :)
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Date of stay: December 2014Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Swazivillage, Owner at Swazi Village Home Stay
Responded 05 Mar 2015
I really apologize about the late pick up for the village, i will be not repeated in the future, thanks for understanding other cultures.
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Robin R wrote a review Jun 2019
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
To keep it simple, let's say it was great! It started with Myxo welcoming us at the Manzini Market and presenting us our guide, that took a seat in our rented car to help us drive to the village (while giving us some informations along the way). Then, because it was a Sunday, we had the huge priviledge to be welcomed into the church where we got to see something we will not forget. After that, and in fact the whole time we've been there, Bobo and our guide gave us some many informations about culture, traditions... They answered our every question with such a opened-mind, a generosity. I cannot emphasize too much how much they gave us in terms of informations. They were, too, great in taking care of our needs, such as eating! Of course, visiting the family was great, and even more attending to a class in the primary school. We highly recommand it to anyone in search for an authentic and deeper visit of Swatizland culture.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Swazivillage, Owner at Swazi Village Home Stay
Responded 18 Feb 2020
A visit to the church is always amazing this is why we recommend to our guests. We are happy that you loved your stay.
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Travel2gogo asked a question Nov 2018
United States908 contributions26 helpful votes
Did they have mosquito nets over the beds?
Answer from Swazivillage
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)22 contributions
Thank you for your inquiry, yes even though you dont have the time you can still stay with us the evenning sitting around the fire talking about all the traditions in Swaziland, and you ill try some Swazi cooking and also first thing in the morning you have breakfast and then visit the local family and the a preschool and you will meet some kids this will take you till 10 am and you will be heading out. Let us know your thoughts.
Robin R wrote a tip Jun 2019
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Ralph K wrote a tip Oct 2017
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands23 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You can come for the night but also as a day tour, like we did."
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Zoe D wrote a tip Nov 2016
Seattle, Washington11 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There wasn't as much time interacting with villagers and doing activities with them as we had thought beforehand, but then we realized that we could just see our stay in the compound with Bobo and Siswe as the "homestay", and learn a ton about THEM and their lives as Swazi people. We ultimately realized this was better than planned activities with local families because it was less of an interruption of the lives of those families and less of a "better put on a show for the outsiders" feel, which can really negatively affect local people in towns with frequent home stays and tourists cycling through."
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KooChoLondon_UK wrote a tip May 2015
London, United Kingdom361 contributions157 helpful votes
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"Better not to drive yourself as roads are a bit tricky."
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Swazi Village Home Stay?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
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Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
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Yes, Swazi Village Home Stay offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Swazi Village Home Stay?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Is Swazi Village Home Stay accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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