Photos of Lubombo District, Swaziland's East

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Lubombo District, Swaziland's East

The Lubombo District comprises of "Lowveld", rising up to the Lebombo mountains along the eastern border with Mozambique. In the north are the sugar fields and mill at Mhlume and the small town of Tshaneni, while in the south is the town of Big Bend, with another sugar plantations and mill; it is situated on a big bend in the Lusutfu (Great Usutu) river, hence its name. Nearby are small traditional homesteads like Sencandweni.

Sulphur springs
Cooking outside
Children of Tshaneni
Mhlume sugar fields
Road near Siteki
Near Mpopomeni Falls
Cycad, Lubombo
Sugar fields, Mhlume
Milking a cow
Milking a cow
Homestead, Mambane
View to Big Bend
Lusutfu bridge, Siphofaneni
Near Big Bend
Getting seeds
Aloes near Big Bend
Aloe of the Lowveld
View to Big Bend
At Bulungu Poort
Sugar factory
Huts near Big Bend
St. Phillips Church
Sunset over Lusutfu

A bridge crosses the Lusutfu River at the small town of Siphofaneni; there are warm sulphur springs here where children bathe and women do their washing. Further to the south east, in the middle of the dry "Lowveld", is the surprising sight of St Philips Church, with an Italian style cupola (although, it was said, inspired by the traditional Swazi beehive huts) built by the indomitable Father Edoni, an Italian Catholic missionary. There was also a Primary and Secondary school here.

The main town of the district is Siteki (formerly Stegi), west of the Lebombo Mountains near the border with Mozambique. South of Siteki, along a road that follows the mountain range, near the waterfall of Mpopomeni, ancient cycads can be found: this plant is regarded as a living fossil.