Food in Swaziland
Traditional cuisine, as well as contemporary convenience food based on traditional components, are still widely accessible at Swazi grocery shops.
Mealie or pap (akin to porridge) is a staple, and maize-based recipes are popular. Beans, groundnuts, pumpkin, avocado, and sour milk are all often used. At tourist eateries, dried and prepared native meats such as antelope (often referred to as “wild meat” by locals) are frequently available.
Chicken dust is an inexpensive local barbecue meal consisting of grilled chicken served with salad and mealie. It is very popular among locals and is incredibly tasty. Of course, since it’s street food, take the necessary precautions.
Roadside vendors often sell sweet pastries, veggies, and fruits. If you’re in the mood for spaghetti, imported olive oil, Nestle chocolate, Herbal Essences, or Carlsberg, go over to Manzini’s Hub: a massive Spar with everything you could possibly need (at an appropriately inflated price). There are many coffee shops and eateries in the Hub’s vicinity; however, you must pay to use the toilets, which are situated separately down the stairs. Along with the omnipresent KFC, Manzini’s busy markets and small stores provide a wide variety of unique cuisine.
Drinks in Swaziland
During the marula season, when the fruits of the same-named tree mature between December and March, marula is brewed locally. Because it is home-brewed, it may be difficult to locate; ask locals for help.
Swaziland has a thriving nightlife that includes everything from traditional dances to pubs and nightclubs. The Royal Swazi hotel has four bars if you’re staying in Ezulwini. If you’re in the Malkerns region, the House on Fire is a must-see: local art, national and local DJs, an open-air setting, and live performances.