Swaziland - Part one.
Trip Start Dec 27, 2008
50Trip End Jun 27, 2009
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Driving through Swaziland is a great activity in itself. The scenery is stunning, mixing colonial heritage and cultural tradition. It remains one of the world's few remaining absolute monarchies, King Mswati III is currently on the throne, we haven't seen him yet but may have seen one of his twelve wives.
We are based in Manzini at the Lidwala Lodge set in the eWulzini Valley which we have great views of from our tent, this is also where all the past kings are buried (once they've died, that is). Much of Swaziland is only accessible in a car, so on the first day we blagged our way into the nearby 5* Royal Swazi Hotel,
Swaziland is one of Africa's richer countries, all Swazi people have a right to land. Yet tourists do create a problem, whereby some Swazis would rather beg than farm land or run a business from it. I guess despite it being its own country, it cannot escape the problems of its larger neighbour. Despite this, we feel much safer here than we do in SA, on the whole.
On the second day we hired a car and drove to the Matanga Nature Reserve which is home to the Swazi Cultural Village. Here we learned about traditional Swazi life and were shown Swazi dance (including one young kid, no older than 6, who stole the show).
In the afternoon we went to Miliwane Game Reserve which was a little dissapointing, only because we had already been to Imfolozi - Miliwane cannot match its wildlife or scenery. However, for R20, who's complaining?
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