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The Kingdom of Eswatini

Sheba’s Breasts & Execution Rock

Two well known mountains overlook Eswatini’s (Swaziland’s) Ezulwini Valley and both have well marked trails allowing visitors to hike up for some amazing views.

Sheba’s Breasts are actually two peaks on the side of Ezulwini Valley that are visible form afar.  The rock formations are named after the legendary beauty and mysterious Queen of Sheba from Ethiopia, who supposedly seduced King Solomon. The author J. Rider Haggard, who traveled through Swaziland in the 1880s, was inspired by the peaks and it is believed that he wrote his famous “King Solomon’s Mines”. Legend tells that Sheba’s Breasts are the site of King Solomon’s mines. The Sheba’s Breasts Hiking Trail begins at Lidwala Lodge and can be hiked on a 2-3 hour round trip. The route has now been plotted on Google Maps.

The striking Nyonyane Mountain with its exposed granite peak known as the Execution Rock lies in, and is accessed through Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. With its peak at 1110m, Nyonyane is where ancient Bushmen once lived and where Swazi Royal graves are situated, giving it historical significance. Ancient stories are often told how this magnificent peak acquired its name – locals suspected of witchcraft or criminals were forced to walk off the edge at spear-point for their crimes.

Hiking up to the summit of Execution Rock is a firm favourite. Maps are available from  Mlilwane’s Activity Centre and there are numerous trails to the summit (including the Machobane Trail) with most departing from Mlilwane’s Rest Camp and some from Reilly’s Rock. Chubeka Trails, offers a 3- 4 hour Rock of Execution Challenge on horseback to the summit and it’s also a location for scheduled game drives that allow visitors to watch the sun rise or set over the Ezulwini Valley, Malkerns and Lobamba.

The Nyakato viewpoint on Nyonyane, offers stunning views of the adjacent Sheba’s Breasts, as well as the Mantenga waterfall and beautiful Usushwana Valley. The beating drums from Mantenga Cultural Village are often audible from and views stretch as far as Matsapha town, and down to Mantenga Lodge’s terrace, which enjoys spectacular views back up to Execution Rock.

Accommodation in or near Sheba's Breasts & Execution Rock
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Mbabane Lodge with delightful view of Nkoyoyo Mountains
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Mogi Boutique Hotel
Ezulwini Valley
Elegant guest house in a stunning setting.
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Self catering apartments conveniently located in Mbabane.
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Legends Backpacker Lodge
Ezulwini Valley
Comfortable backpacker accommodation conveniently located in the Ezulwini Valley.
Damicha Lodge
Ezulwini Valley
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Sibebe Resort
Mbabane
Traditional African chalets set high upon the hills of Mbabane close to Sibebe Rock.
Home comforts in a rustic cottage environment
Willows Lodge
Malkerns
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Luxurious and unique accommodation set amongst indigenous forests and gardens.
Luxurious cottages with self catering facilities surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Comforting accommodation with self catering facilities or onsite restaurant.
Timbali Lodge
Ezulwini Valley
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The Place
Mbabane
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Summerfield Resort
Summerfield Botanical Garden
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Sondzela Backpackers
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SibaneSami Hotel
Ezulwini Valley
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Ezulwini Valley
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Royal Swazi Spa
Ezulwini Valley
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Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Luxurious and reclusive lodge set on the hills of Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
Beautifully presented chalets set in lush gardens of the Malkerns Valley.
Peaceful cottage accommodation with it's own farmyard and riding school.
Experience traditional Swazi accommodation in a local homestead.
Mvubu Falls Lodge
Ezulwini Valley
Secluded peaceful lodge, yet only minutes from tourism hub Ezulwini Valley.
Beautifully presented hotel with unbeatable views of Ezulwini Valley.
Mlilwane Rest Camp
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Traditional beehive huts, cottages & rondavels with rustic features set in the charming Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
Mlilwane Campsite
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Campsite overlooking Mhlambanyatsi River under a mature Eucalyptus forest canopy.
Manzini Lodge
Manzini
Accommodation conveniently located in the busy town of Manzini
Mantenga Lodge
Ezulwini Valley
Relaxing accommodation at the foot of Sheba's Breasts with beautiful views.
Stunning converted farmhouse in the thriving Malandela's Complex.
Lugogo Sun Hotel
Ezulwini Valley
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Lidwala Lodge
Ezulwini Valley
Safari tents & camping spots in rustic and wild surroundings.
Conveniently located guesthouse perfect for tourists and business travellers
Happy Valley Hotel & Casino
Ezulwini Valley
Luxury hotel in the centre of Ezwulini Valley
Foresters Arms Hotel
Mhlambanyatsi
Country rustic hotel set high in the mountains with beautiful food
Luxury Guest House with breathtaking views
Pleasent guest house close to the capital city
Esquisite guest house set in a beautiful garden.
Guest House with a fantastic view of Mbabane
Luxury Bed & Breakfast with supurb views
Brookside Lodge
Malkerns
Tranquil lodge set amongst extensive and beautiful gardens in Malkerns.
Gibela Getaway
Manzini
Tranquil & Scenic setting only 10km from the busy town of Manzini.
Popular & Comfortable Guest House
Buhleni Farm Chalets
Ezulwini Valley
Rustic wooden chalets right by the Ezulwini Valley.
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Sheba’s Breasts & Execution Rock