Few travellers are disappointed with their stay in this diminutive kingdom. It has pleas¬ant weather and happy people. Despite the simple and traditional lives Swazis lead, Swaziland has a functional infrastructure. It is not uncommon to see a business man walking in traditional clothes on his way to work, with his laptop bag or briefcase in hand.
What to see and do
The Swazi monarchy and traditional culture
Swaziland is ruled by King Mswati. His many royal residences dot the countryside. Some Swazis still dress traditionally and live in thatch huts. The Umhlanga, or ‘Reed Dance’ is an auspicious ceremony in which maidens pay tribute to the Queen Mother.
A wide range of African crafts can be bought here - cheaply. The Manzini market and others sell basketry, beadwork, carvings, batiks, Picasso-esque paintings, and psychedelic fabric. Then visit Ngwenya Glass, Swazi Candles, Gone Rural and Mantenga Craft Centre for more specialized crafts.
House on Fire
This is a live music venue, hosting the annual bush fire festival, decorated in the whimsical style of a funny, romantic dream. Guaranteed to make you smile, make you dance and make you stomp your feet. Artists such as Hugh Masekela, Freshlyground and Thandiswa Mazwai have performed at this festival.
The ‘Valley of Heaven’ is home to both the ‘Royal Kraal’ and many tourist attractions, such as the National Museum, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Mantenga Falls, and the natural hot springs at Cuddle Puddle. Ezulwini is also close to Mbabane and Manzini.
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Malolotja Nature Reserve
An unspoilt mountain wilderness. Malolotja has spectacular flora and bird life. You can even watch game life from one of the many grassy hillsides and rocky ridges in the area. Malolotja is close to the Ngwenya border post and Ngwenya Glass where you can observe glass blowing and even buy some of the the beautiful glass pieces if you choose.
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This is a well-forested town on the Jossefsdal border with South Africa. It has 4X4 dirt roads that wind through the forest into the mountains. Also a former mining town left to its own devices after the closure of the mine, Bulembu is now striving to turn the tide against poverty and HIV/AIDS orphans.
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