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CULTURAL RESOURCES: King Sobhuza II Memorial Park

Information from King Sobhuza II Memorial Park, Photos: K Braun, 2001.

The Memorial Enclosure

The Statue

The three metre bronze king's statue is facing the east where the Swazi monarch originally same from thus regarded as people from the sun; his male hut (Lilawu) Lozitha royal residence, and Mdzimba mountain (a royal burial mountain).

The Shields

The statue of the king is surrounded by shields. This symbolises his position within the kingdom where he is regarded as a central figure as well as a member and head of the regimental system.


The Royal Palms

These were his most adored tree species such that he built one of his residence and named it Masundvwini meaning palm tree area.

The Lions

The symbol of the lion represents the king. Tradionally, before a Swazi king assumes or comes to the throne he has to kill a lion, thus referred to by Swazis as "Ngwenyama". He is also known as "Silo" (an awesome creature).

The Pond

The pond represents the natural beauty of the country.

The Royal Entrance

Only the King, the Queen Mother, Heads of states, Heads of foreign missions may enter through this entrance.

The Memorial Torch

The torch is lit to show that the spirit of King Sobhuza lives on. It is lit on important days in the lives of the Swazis i.e. kings birthday, independence day (Somhlolo day) and when a foreign head of state is touring the Park.

The Museum

This consists of a pictorial exhibition of the life history of King Sobhuza II, from the time he was born in 1899 until 1982 when be died.

The Mausoleum

This is the most sacred part of the park. The mausoleum stands on the spot where his body was laid during the state funeral which took place on 3 September, 1982. He was shown to the nation before being taken to his last resting spot at the mountains of Mbilaneni, in the south of the country. No photographing of the mausoleum is permitted, out of respect.

King Sobhuza II Memorial Park: Introduction and Map
History of His Majesty, King Sobhuza II

Site Map
Reference Material
SNTC Headquarters: Parliament Road. P O Box 100, Lobamba, Swaziland. Tel: (+268) 2416 1516, 2416 1489, 2416 1179. Fax: (+268) 2416 1875, 2416 1480. Email: info@sntc.org.sz
National Museum:
Tel: (+268) 2416 1179, 2416 1875
Fax: 2416 1875
Email: curator@sntc.org.sz
King Sobhuza II Memorial Park:
Tel: (+268) 2416 1179, 2416 1489
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Malolotja Nature Reserve:
Tel/Fax: (+268) 2444 3241
Cell: 7660 6755
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Mantenga Nature Reserve:
Tel: (+268) 2416 1151
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Magadzavane Lodge
Mlawula Nature Reserve:
Tel: (+268) 2343 5108/9
Fax: 2343 5111
Email: magadzavane@sntc.org.sz