DISPLAYS, CHECKLISTS, MAPS & COMMUNITY PROJECTS
The Tourist Information Center has display panels on each of the ten protected areas in the lowveld/Lubombo area, and a display on the Eco Lubombo Project which links the reserves through extensive hiking trails. Touchscreen computers provide a searchable species checklist for animal lovers, as well as information on accommodation and community projects. This is the only tourist information centre in Swaziland specialising in the lowveld and Lubombo.
The museum is set in park-like grounds and has an attractive shady veranda with comfortable chairs.
The licensed Tambankulu Country Club, with its swimming pool, serves food and is less than one hundred meters away from the museum.
The attractive Tambankulu Guesthouse, set in elegant gardens, is one minute’s walk away and provides upmarket en-suite accommodation.
The Lubombo Mountains form a distinctive geographical region, situated in the border area shared by Swaziland, South Africa and Mozambique. Geographically, it separates the dry thorn savannas of the west from the wetter coastal thickets of the east. This creates a unique habitat characterised by densely forested gorges, broadleaf savanna and panoramic vistas.
Much of the mountain range is a protected home for many plants and animals, including a unique species of aloe and a wide variety of birds, butterflies and game. The museum includes a Tourist Information Centre to showcase this special part of the world.
The Tourist Information Centre gives details on the nearby Mlawula Nature Reserve, Shewula Nature Reserve, Mbuluzi Game Reserve, Hlane Royal National Park, Mkhaya Game Reserve, Muti-Muti Conservancy, Mhlumeni Community Lodge, Nisela Safari Lodge, Royal Jozini Big 6 Game Reserve as well as a conservation area within the Inyoni Yami Swaziland Irrigation Scheme.
These conservation areas uniquely combine national, private and community-owned reserves, encompassing the most extensive, historic and contiguous conservation area within the Kingdom of Swaziland.
A strong sense of traditional culture guides the rhythms of daily life in the Lubombo region and the genuine warmth and friendliness of the local communities makes it a pleasant, as well as visually spectacular, place to visit.