Market, Swaziland © Jochem Koole
One of Swaziland's most popular tourist attractions, a visit to the Manzini Market is a great way for visitors to experience local Swazi culture and to shop for gifts and souvenirs for friends and family back home. The Market is located in Swaziland's largest city, the low-lying urban centre of Manzini, which has become a popular entry-point to Swaziland for foreign visitors because of its accessibility, via air, from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Manzini Market operates every Thursday, and consists of two distinct sections: the first sells 'everyday' items, including fruit and vegetables, household items and traditional medicines. The other section sells a wide range of hand-made, traditional Swazi crafts and curios, including carved wooden figurines, traditional pottery, beaded jewellery and embroidery cloth, leather products, and the woven baskets for which Swaziland is especially well known.