A short trip during my South-African holiday

Here is a small report of my 3 days visit to the Kingdom of Eswatini

Background: The Kingdom of Eswatini, nestled in southern Africa, is a landlocked country known for its rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality. As one of the few remaining monarchies on the continent, Eswatini embraces and upholds its unique and ancient traditions1.

Highlights of the Visit:

  1. Warm Welcome: Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by friendly locals who take pride in sharing their customs and stories. The warmth of Eswatini’s people leaves a lasting impression.

  2. Cultural Experiences:

    • Traditional Ceremonies: Witness vibrant ceremonies, such as the Umhlanga Reed Dance, where young women gather to celebrate their purity and pay homage to the Queen Mother.
    • Swazi Dance and Music: Immerse yourself in rhythmic dance performances and soul-stirring music. The Sibhaca dance, with its energetic footwork, is a must-see.
  3. Scenic Beauty:

    • Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary: Explore this picturesque reserve, home to diverse wildlife. Spot zebras, antelopes, and bird species while hiking or cycling.
    • Maguga Dam: Marvel at the vastness of the dam and its surrounding hills. The view from the top is breathtaking.
  4. Craft Markets:

    • Ezulwini Valley: Visit local craft markets to purchase handmade artifacts, colorful fabrics, and intricately woven baskets. Support local artisans and take home unique souvenirs.
  5. Historical Sites:

    • Lobamba Royal Village: Step back in time at the royal village, where the King’s residence and parliament stand. Learn about Eswatini’s governance and history.
    • Ngwenya Glass Factory: Witness skilled glassblowers creating exquisite glassware using recycled materials.
  6. Culinary Delights:

    • Sishwala: Try the national dish, sishwala, a thick porridge made from maize meal, often served with vegetables or meat.
    • Local Brews: Sample traditional beers like emahewu and buganu for an authentic taste of Eswatini.