Swaziland is the smallest country in the Southern hemisphere. It is surrounded on the north and south by South Africa, and on the east, it borders Mozambique. Swaziland offers lots to do, see and experience for tourist, travelers, and locals.
Here are just 5 of the many things you can do in Swaziland:
1. Stay at the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in the Beehive Village
This village had the look and feel of a traditional Swazi homestead. The grass dome-shaped huts, that are called Beehive huts, were all arranged in semi-circles and enclosed by traditional Swazi kraal fencing. Bucks and Wild Boar walked around freely in the “village”
Mlilwane is situated in Swaziland’s ‘Valley of Heaven’, the Ezulwini Valley, in between Mbabane and Manzini and means “Little Fire”, because of the numerous fires started by lightning strikes on the Mlilwane Hill.
2. Go for a walk in the Botanical Gardens at Malandela
New plant material is sourced regularly from various areas around Swaziland. Most of the plants in the garden are “rescued” from construction sites.
3. Go shopping at Gone Rural, Zoggs, and Baobab Batik.
Gone Rural focuses on hand-woven products with their main aim – to give Swazi women independence. All the items at Zoggs are individually hand-painted and one of a kind. It is also personally signed by the designer, Zoe Vivian. Baobab Batik was founded by Els Hooft. Els Hooft not only creates batiks at Baobab Batik, she also offers sustainable work opportunities for women.
4. Visit House on Fire
House On Fire is a fantastical playground of imagination which captivates and inspires. House on Fire sits adjacent to the Malandela Centre and hosts monthly public events, showcasing the finest local and international musical and artistic talent.
5. Meet the Locals
Dancing and singing, including praise-singing, are prominent in Swazi culture. The Swazi people and the Kingdom of Swaziland today are named after Mswati II, who became king in 1839. The royal lineage can be traced to a chief named Dlamini; this is still the royal clan name. About three-quarters of the clan groups are Nguni; the remainders are Sotho and Tsonga.