Lobamba is the traditional and legislative capital city of Swaziland, seat of the Parliament, and residence of the Queen Mother. It is located in the west of the country, in the Ezulwini Valley, 16 km from Mbabane, in the district of Hhohho. In 1997 its population was 3,625. Its present population is 5,800.
The Embo State Palace, the Royal Kraal, National Museum of Swaziland, Swazi National Museum, Parliament of Swaziland and a museum dedicated to Sobhuza II of Swaziland lie in the town, while the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Matsapha Airport lie nearby.
The city was built for Sobhuza II of Swaziland in 1830.
Lobamba has a police station and is served by The Royal Swaziland Police Service.
Lobamba National High School is in Lobamba.
National Museum of Swaziland
The National Museum of Swaziland is located in Lobamba. It was constructed in 1972 and received two expansions, in 1986 and 1990 (respectively). It was declared a non-profit institution in 1974 by the International Council of Museums. The museum collects, "...all natural and man-made objects that reflect both natural and cultural heritage of the Swazi and Southern African peoples;"
Lobamba is famous for two ceremonies that are held there: the Reed Dance, celebrated in August and September in honour of the Queen Mother, and the Incwala, in December and January in honour of the King. These ceremonies include dancing, singing, and celebrations with traditional attire.
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