Visiting the Kingdom of Swaziland

Swaziland is an independent country, easily accessible from Johannesburg. Little did I know about the country other than it having the highest rate of HIV in the World and one of the lowest life expectancies (at 46!), but I was soon to explore that it was more to it than that..

When getting off I was asked which city I wanted to go to, and when I said the capital they asked me which one? Apparently there were two, which are also the only cities in the country (with over 10 000 innhabitants) and of course I managed to get off at the wrong one. Luckily I discovered that the Swazi people were really friendly, and with just asking a random guy he took me on the right bus and showed me to the campsite that I had booked.

There I met a couple of travelers who took me on a safari in the Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, which was a place where you could walk, ride a bike and drive among crocodiles, antilopes, warthogs and more- quite accessible from Lobabamba where my lodge and most of the tourists and expats were living. The next day we went on a hike to the worlds second largest monolith, Sibebe (second after Ayers Rock) which was big enough to hike on for hours seeing a view of one of the capitals and some caves along the way.

When they had left and I was on my own I took a trip to the Swazi Cultural Village, where I could walk to a waterfall, seeing a execution cliff and take a guided tour around a village to know more about the history and culture of the Swazi people. The tour ended with a dancing show where there was a lot of drumming and kicking- quite a lively ending to my stay in the Kingdom of Swaziland.