Manzini is the second biggest city in Swaziland and the major business centre.
One can get around Manzini by bus, kombi (local, 15-passenger minubuses) or taxi. Downtown Manzini is very small and one can walk form one end to the next in 15 minutes. Getting to the residential areas such as Fairview or Ngwane Park is trickier. There are kombis that service these areas but the availability of public transport depends on how rich the neighbourhood is. The richer suburbs have no use for the public transport so it is unlikely that one would find a kombi from the city centre to such areas, it which case it is advisable to take a taxi.
These are relatively cheap for getting around the city. The taxis have no meters and they use fixed prices, so ask the driver before you get a ride how much it will cost, to avoid being swindled.
Besides shopping and dining, there are several sites to see and things to do in Manzini:
Go dancing at the Why-Not disco.
There are two public parks, one in the center of town next to the Post Office and one further down toward the road toward Riverstone Mall and Matsapha; both are comfortably shady enough to enjoy a picnic lunch. The one in the center of town has a public, multi-denominational prayer service on Wednesdays at noon.
There are two admirable statues of a couple in customary attire to view outside the municipal offices.
The public library is air-conditioned, quiet, and welcoming to those who would like to read or sit and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city streets.
Webster's Book Shop sells a variety of popular magazines, textbooks, literature in siSwati, and books on local topics of animals, plants, cooking, craftwork, and cultural life.
Manzini Market is an open air market that has sections of stalls dedicated to bulk fruit items; tourist art and craftwork, including beads, masks, textiles, carved objects, woven pictures, and home decor; second-hand clothing; tailor-made clothing; indigenous legumes and herbs; plastic basketwork; metalwork; paper and plastic wrappings; chickens. and other sundries.
Nearby, there is a second small set of shops in customary round houses (rondavels) that sell additional items like customary attire, wooden carved objects, utensils, and other goods.
Manzini boasts two large malls, River Stone mall and the central mall. Both are anchored by full grocery stores and feature a variety of shops selling newspapers, electronics, clothes, mobile phone services, jewelry, home goods, digital and SLR photography services, computer services including internet access, and cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. River Stone has a breathtaking view of the city and overlooks a river.
There are many shops in Manzini which sell and include: tombstones and memorials; a Chinese pharmacy; party favors, decor, and costumes; greeting cards and Hallmark-type gifts; furniture; cleaning supplies; wholesale food and household items; clothing and shoes; a Christian bookstore; a DVD and VHS rental store; short and long term insurance; and a variety of other small business and consultants.
The Bhunu mall has the regionally favorite Nando's chicken restaurant and several take-away or to-go food options like King Pie, while River Stone features several sit-down options like Wimpy's and two local bistro dining options. Other popular franchise or chain restaurants include Debonair's Pizza, KFC, Village Chicken,
Green Apple cafe is a stylish and small local restaurant across from the downtown park whose menu features grilled meats, salads, and ice cream.
Mkhulu's, featuring a large lion on its sign, is a friendly coffee shop and restaurant near the Roman Catholic cathedral and St. Theresa's School where one can get a cappuccino or teas.
Baker's Corner has a wide selection of breads and pastries, sandwiches, and coffee drinks and is also near the cathedral and the mosque. Another bakery on Ngwane street across from Ellerine's Furniture specializes in large cakes and other pastries.
The Tums George Hotel has a formal restaurant as well as a bar with pool tables and a more casual dining cafe. They serve a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, desserts and coffee.