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Claimed to be the most dangerous road in the world, Malagwane hill leads you in a steep and windy descent from Mbabane towards Manzini. In the fifties it was a dirt track, often impassable during the rainy season. Around 1964 the road was tarred as a single lane, probably the time the road got its bad reputation – with reckless overtaking and head-on collisions. Only in the early nineties was it converted to a double lane highway, maybe a bit less dangerous, but it continues to claim lives.
So you are warned, don’t get distracted by Sheba’s breasts or the beautiful scenery. The cache is an easy roadside cache, but only accessible from the Manzini to Mbabane uphill side – there is a safe parking bay on your left hand side. If you come from Mbabane, there are 2 opportunities to make a turn back uphill to reach this parking bay – don’t cross this highway on foot! Once you’ve parked it’s a little scramble up to reach the cache – watch out for smaller and bigger creepers.
An excerpt from the excellent book “A traveller’s guide to Swaziland” by Bob Forrester
“The Malagwane Hill, between Ezulwini and Mbabane once had the dubious honour of being mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most dangerous stretch of road in the world. There used to be a sign board with moveable numbers that showed how many people had died, much like a cricket scoreboard. This was taken down after a number of years as it made tourists nervous. The Malagwane is now much safer with a highway but extreme caution is advised - particularly at night, week-ends and the end of the month. If you get a combination of all three, watch out.”
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