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The Kingdom of Eswatini

Summerfield Botanical Garden

Summerfield Botanical Gardens is the brainchild of local businessman John Carmichael. It began life as a botanical garden, with the restaurants and accommodation following by popular demand. The 100ha property was landscaped from an industrial wasteland and is now a designated National Conservancy, with Swaziland’s largest collection of plants including indigenous trees, cycads, palms, succulents and fruit trees all in separate collections. The gardens feature extravagant architecture (sculpted animals, water features, towering thatched pavilions).

Carmichael acquired the land in 1984 where at the time, was nothing more than a wasteland. A laborious landscaping process followed, with hundreds of tonnes of topsoil trucked in, dams excavated and previous trees all planted by hand. Droughts and bushfires brought early setbacks but today, from the moment you turns down the long jacaranda-lined entrance avenue, it is clear that a dream has been realised.

Behind the grand façade is a commitment both to the local environment and the local community. Carmichael employs over 90 people in the gardens alone and helps provide education to the workers’ children.

Activities at Summerfield Botanical Garden
Accommodation a or near Summerfield Botanical Garden
Summerfield Resort
Summerfield Botanical Garden
Luxury 5 star hotel and resort in the pure bliss and elegant Summerfield Botanical Gardens.
Modernised Guesthouse in Manzini with 34 rooms
Mbabane Lodge with delightful view of Nkoyoyo Mountains
Delightful guesthouse conveniently close to the capital city of Mbabane
Mogi Boutique Hotel
Ezulwini Valley
Elegant guest house in a stunning setting.
Modern boutique hotel in the culture town of Lobamba
Self catering apartments conveniently located in Mbabane.
Brand new state of the art hotel in the heart of Mbabane perfect for leisure and business travellers.
Swazi Dreams
Ngwempisi Wilderness
Traditional Beehive Huts set in the untouched Ngwempisi Wilderness
Legends Backpacker Lodge
Ezulwini Valley
Comfortable backpacker accommodation conveniently located in the Ezulwini Valley.
B&B lodge in a picturesque natural setting with delightful gardens.
Damicha Lodge
Ezulwini Valley
A luxury guesthouse with self catering facilities located in the Ezulwini Valley.
Small and intimate lodge set on Malagwane Hill with stunning surrounding views.
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
Comfortable chalet accommodation in the rural malkerns farming area.
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
Beautifully presented lodge located in the heart of Ezulwini Valley, with onsite restaurant.
The Place
Mbabane
Small guesthouse with all the amenities and facilities of home right by the capital.
Large hotel in the busy town of Manzini with conference facilities available.
Sondzela Backpackers
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Well presented and scenic backpacker accommodation with camping ground.
Modern and peaceful lodge with stunning views across the Pine Valley.
SibaneSami Hotel
Ezulwini Valley
Luxurious and rustic hotel set in the heart of Eswatini, the Ezulwini Valley.
Bushbaby Lodge @ Nkonyeni
Nkonyeni Golf Estate
Modern and peaceful lodge pitched on the popular Nkonyeni Golf Estate.
Royal Villas
Ezulwini Valley
Spacious and elegant villas with private lounges, dining rooms and beautiful gardens.
Royal Swazi Spa
Ezulwini Valley
CURRENTLY CLOSED
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.
Nkonyeni Lodge
Nkonyeni Golf Estate
High-end accommodation with set within the stunning Nkonyeni Golf Estate.
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
CURRENTLY CLOSED
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
Esibayeni Lodge
Matsapha
Various accommodation types set amongst lush gardens.
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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Eswatini's second biggest city with a busy market and amenities.
A western suburb of Manzini and the country's primary industrial area.
A fertile valley with a number of craft outlets and tourist hotspots
Popular tourist spot and home to a cluster of handicraft outlets.
A tourist hotspot comprising of live music, arts & crafts and home to the Bushfire Festival.
The spiritual, cultural and political heart of Eswatini.
Best known nature reserve and Eswatini's birthplace of conservation.
One of Eswatini's highest peaks with a notorious history.
Eswatini's tourism hub with an abundance of hotels, lodges and activities
The attractive capital of Eswatini with hotels, shopping centres and traditional markets.
An untouched wilderness ready to be explored, along with community run accommodation.
Unspoilt woodlands with a traditional cultural village experience
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One of southern Africa's most impressive geological features.
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A wild and beautiful landscape, with rare flora and fauna found nowhere else in Eswatini.
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Eswatini's largest protected park with 4 of the Big 5.
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Summerfield Botanical Garden