Last year I had the chance to spend 11 days exploring the Kingdom of Swaziland with my guide Michael along with the support of the tourism board.
10. Sibebe Rock
9. Mbuluzi Game Reserve
Swaziland is the smallest country in the southern hemisphere, but it boasts an variety of hotels and lodges stunning landscapes, customs that are special, along with also a prolific birdlife.
8. Shewula Mountain Camp
Swaziland also has several community tourism projects, which provide people the chance to experience Swazi customs and hospitality whilst supporting communities. In a nation of great diversity that is such, individuals are going to have plenty to do and see throughout their stay. Here we’ve compiled our’Top 10′ list for Swaziland.
7. Swazi Candles
Second to Uluru in Australia’s Northern Territory, Sibebe Rock is the granite dome on the planet. It sits about 10 kilometers away from the capital city of Mbabane, and unlike its cousin, Sibebe doesn’t suffer from tourist overcrowding. The rock size could be felt from the base, but a lot of daring visitors decide to create the 4-hour round-trip increase to the top with a guide. Sibebe Rock is number ten on our list since it’s over 3 billion years of age!
6. White Water Rafting
A conservancy of all 3,000 lawns that are lush in Swaziland encourage herds of giraffe, zebra, nyala, impala, kudu, over 300 species of birds, and many more. Founded one of the foothills of the Lubombo Mountains the Mbuluzi Game Reserve has riverbank terrains, rugged outcrops, dense forests, and open grass areas. The park provides marked walking trails paths, test points, hiking, and bird hides. Accommodations add private luxury lodges and a rustic living complete with electricity, fully equipped kitchens and a great deal of room for the entire family.
5. Hlane Royal National Park
The Shewula Mountain Camp was Swaziland’s first community-owned eco-tourism attraction. Place in the Shewula Nature Reserve that is beautiful, with views overlooking the Mlawula and Mbuluzi Reserves, Shewula Mountain Camp offers a different kind of tourism. Visitors can partake in village excursions to get to know its own members and the local community, witness song and dance performances, visit with a traditional healer, or enjoy the natural surroundings. For those who want to stay two or a night in a setting, Shewula includes family-sized and solitary huts, in addition to showers and foods.
4. Ngwenya Glass
Swaziland is famous for its crafts and arts. The Swazi Candles Craft Market is a unique shopping centre. One of the finest most boutiques and gift stores of the elaborate is Swazi Candles — a selection of beauty goods that are scented paraffin wax candles, along with gifts. The candles are shaped by hand to several standard and animal shapes. Designs that are gorgeous and their patterns make perfect souvenirs. Stroll the remaining part of the craft complicated head to the courtyard to watch the wood carvers at work, when you are done. Specialty items accessible in the stores in the craft centre include jewellery, batik prints, woven baskets, and also carved masks.
3. Mantenga Cultural Village
There’s no shortage of thrilling actions and there is no greater rush than a thrilling white water rafting trip down Swaziland’s Great Usutu River. This excursion is available through one tour operator, Swazi Trails, and is the just one of its kind in the nation. Half and full-day bundles are available. River manuals that are trained accompany you the time. No prior experience is needed.
2. Mkhaya Game Reserve
Hlane is the biggest of the sport parks of Swaziland and also home to four of the Big Five: elephant, lion, rhino, and even predator. The park also supports healthy populations of giraffe, hippo, crocodile, zebra, as well bird species, simply to mention a few. Hlane signifies”Wilderness” in the SiSwati language. Its tranquil atmosphere is periodically interrupted with the humming of sport vehicles and the clicking of camera shutters. For the best experience, book your stay at one of those cottages frequented by elephants and white rhinos. As you’re not relaxing on your private veranda the camp may look after your meals and game drives. A trip to Swaziland is not complete without a visit to Hlane Royal National Park!
1. Reed Dance
Ngwenya Glass is regarded as the most esteemed glass factory of Africa. Ngwenya pieces can be found in airport stores and art galleries around the planet, and while in Swaziland you could score some of their signature works at wholesale prices. The mill uses glass blowing techniques which were passed since the opening in August 1987 on Swazi craftsmen. Pieces range from creatures bowls, to gifts and chess sets, to items such as wine stoppers and wine glasses. Visitors may also watch the glass blowing procedure from a platform above the workshop. International shipping is also available. WATCH VIDEO
It would be a shame to visit Swaziland and not find the country’s top standard song and dance series. Even the Mantenga Cultural Village, located in a setting in the Mantenga Falls Nature Reserve, gives people the amazing chance to enjoy traditional harmonies and energetic dances. You will have to see a facelift of a Swazi hut village, After the series is finished. Local guides are available to help you through each the huts and offer information on household structure, customs, and diet. Even the Mantenga Waterfall is really a ten-minute walk out of the village. The reserve includes a lodge if you want to remain the evening, along with also a onsite serving meals. 90 Southern African Rand (ZAR) purchases you entrance to the performance along with a guided tour of this hut village and also to the waterfall.
“The objective of the cultural village will be to enable people from throughout the world in addition to Swazis from all areas of the nation to visit it and to keep up a favorable interest in the Swazi cultural heritage, such as language, customs and practices, rituals, dance, songs, folklore, crafts and arts .”
– Swaziland National Trust Commission
Mkhaya joins Hlane and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary among Swaziland game parks.
Mkhaya is still a fantastic safari destination for day tours and overnight stays. Resident wildlife includes buffalo, giraffe, sable antelope, and black and white rhino. Accommodations at Mhkaya are at the Stone Camp. For couples, we urge the cottage. This open minded suite (no windows or doors) is superbly decorated and provides privacy, relaxation, and wildlife viewing opportunities directly from your bed!
You shouldn’t miss the chance to view it on your own if you’re fortunate enough to be in Swaziland. The event, which will be held near the end of August if the reeds are developed and ready for harvest, lasts roughly eight days. The event gives the country’s maidens (childless, unwed girls) the chance to pay homage to the Queen Mother (Indlovukazi).
Before the start of the occasion, the women come from all around the nation. They are looked after and mentored by captains appointed by the Royal Family. As part of this convention, reeds cut and take them back in which the reeds serve as windbreakers for its perimeter. Aims of this ceremony include promoting solidarity between both women. If the King participates, the day of this Umhlanga Reed Dance is a federal holiday and is. With this day the arena is full of thousands of spectators who come to see the women dancing and also saluting the Queen Mother.
His Majesty then makes his rounds since they cheer him on, to salute thousands of women. The Umhlanga Reed Dance is truly one of the most intriguing cultural events of Africa!
Special thanks to the Swaziland Tourism Board.
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