Travel to Bulembu – Historic Mining Village
Bulembu is a small town located in northwestern Hhohho, Swaziland, 10km west of the town of Piggs Peak. It is named after the siswati word for a spider’s web.
The town of Bulembu is privately owned by a not-for-profit, Bulembu Ministries Swaziland, and is intended to become a place of refuge; providing hope, healing and sustainable economic growth for the community.
Bulembu operated as a chrysotile mine from 1939 up until 2001. Originally named Havelock Mine, the mine was part of the Turner & Newall Asbestos Group. The mine encountered heavy losses in the late 1980’s and subsequently went bankrupt in 1991. The company was liquidated and the assets purchased in 1991 by HVL Asbestos Swd. Ltd. who changed the name of the mine to Bulembu Mine. HVL Asbestos ran the mine until it went into liquidation in 2001. The assets were purchased by Bulembu Development Corporation who sold the town in 2006 to a not-for-profit; Bulembu Ministries Swaziland.
Visitors can check out the town hospital with equipment dating back to the 1930’s, the old jail and tiny courthouse next to the town’s police station and old corrugated iron-clad buildings as part of a guided tour. Or visit the delightful resort known as Bulembu Country Lodge.
Popular activities include hiking to the summit of Emlembe, the highest mountain in Swaziland, for spectacular panoramic views, or mountain biking.