As Africa's last remaining absolute monarchy, culture and heritage are deeply engrained in all aspects of Swazi life, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all who visit.
One of Africa's best kept secrets is conveniently nestled between the borders of the diverse South Africa and the picturesque Mozambique; it is the Kingdom of Swaziland. This beautiful country boasts mountainous backdrops draped in lush greenery.
The African sun-warmed bush-lands culminate to paint scenic landscapes for all to marvel at the wonder that is known as the "Switzerland of Africa". As one of Africa's last monarchies, it is a land that proudly rejoices in its traditions and it is unwavering in its commitment to celebrate and safeguard these customs against aggressive modernisation for future generations.
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Arts and Craft
Swaziland has a remarkably impressive range of traditional arts and crafts with many of its products now found in trendy ethnic boutiques around world. Throughout the country men and women are at work creating the finest handicrafts that are so popular with visitors.
Music and dance are embedded in traditional Swazi culture. As well as being part of everyday life, there are traditional songs for every occasion: weddings, royal rituals, coming-of-age ceremonies and national festivals. Sibhaca dance is the best known of various dance forms.
Now part of the Malolotja Nature Reserve, Ngwenya is the site of the oldest known mine in the world, Lion Cavern, dating back 43,000 years. The view from the mine into the Steynsdorp Valley is breathtaking. There is also a fascinating visitors' centre which offers educational displays on the history of the mine.
Mbabane is Swaziland's capital and largest city with a population of around 100,000. Located on the Mbabane River and its tributary the Polinjane River in the Mdimba Mountains, the average elevation of the city is 1243 meters making for a more moderately humid, subtropical climate. The average annual temperature is 15°C in July and 22°C in January.
The many Game Parks and Nature Reserves across Swaziland protect a vast variety of animals. From the magnificent "Big Five" to warthogs, antelope and reptiles, Swaziland is home to numerous of Africa's wild animal species.
Some 500 species of bird have been recorded in Swaziland. This puts it roughly on a par with France (517) or, more locally, the Kruger National Park (505), and is a remarkable tally for such a tiny, landlocked country. According to the Southern African Birdfinder, 21% of the 150 most sought after Southern African birds can be found in the country.
Swaziland has a handful of Quad biking opportunities. From hour-long dedicated quad bike trails to half day explorations, there are some high quality experiences on offer.
White Water Rafting
Trips are run by Swazi Trails on the Bulungapoort section of the Usutu River, between Sidvokodvo and Siphofaneni, in the centre of Swaziland. This is a remote and inspiring stretch of river. Its brown waters thunder through clefts and gorges, alternating with calmer stretches of bush and grazing land.