Swaziland Journals

SWAZILAND- You Had Me at Sawubona

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A June 2005 trip to Swaziland by Linda Kaye

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Quote: Swaziland is one of three remaining kingdoms in Africa to be actually ruled by a king. These proud people have a rich history that dates back thousands of years. They carry their badge of courage in their hearts and offer no excuses for seeking out peace.

SWAZILAND- You Had Me at Sawubona

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Overview

A View of Swaziland Photo, Swaziland, Africa
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Swaziland is a 6,700-square-mile, landlocked kingdom surrounded by South Africa and Mozambique. Commerce is mainly sugar and forestry products. This Monarchy’s capital is Mbabane, and its official languages for its 1 million population are English and Swazi.Crossing the border between South Africa and Swaziland and returning again is a relatively simple process. When we arrived at the border, we parked the car and were directed into a small office to complete some forms. We needed our passports, vehicle license number, and (if known) where we would be staying. After completing the paperwork, we were given a paper to give to the guard as we passed through the border gates. ...Read More

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

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Hotel

Beehive Village, Mlilwane, Swaziland Photo, Swaziland, Africa
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The main event on our agenda was a visit to the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Situated in Swaziland’s Valley of Heaven, it is Swaziland’s oldest protected area. The sanctuary covers 11,490 acres (4,560 hectares) and is located between Mbabane and Manzini on the western side of the country. This once was the home of the ancient San People and is the burial place for Swazi Royalty. Mlilwane means Little Fire, named because of the numerous lighting strikes in the area. Today, Mlilwane is owned and managed by a private nonprofit trust for the benefit of nature conservation and the people of Swaziland. In order to make our dollars stret...Read More

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Hippo Haunt Restaurant & Bar

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Restaurant | "Hippo Haunt Restaurant & Bar"

Hippo Haunt Restaurant & Bar Photo, Swaziland, Africa
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We visited the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in June, which is winter in Swaziland. There were very few visitors during this time. The Hippo Haunt offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as bar drinks. Breakfast consisted of a buffet of fresh fruit, cereals, yogurt, juices, and toast. For an additional charge, eggs and ham can be ordered. Instant coffee and tea are always available. Full breakfast was R45 (US$7). Lunch consisted mainly of toasted sandwiches, such as ham and cheese, and as most places we had been so far, came with chips (French fries). The cost of a sandwich with chips was R20 (US$3.25). Dinner was our favorite. A choice of a full meal (soup, entr...Read More

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Hippo Haunt Restaurant & Bar
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Malkerns, Swaziland
(+268) 528 3943

Piggs Peak Casino & Restaurant

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Attraction | "Piggs Peak Casino & Restaurant"

Restaurant at Piggs Peak Casino Photo, Swaziland, Africa
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We were traveling from Mbabane and Mlilwane toward Komatipoort, South Africa. There-on the map-right on our travel path-was Piggs Peak. Hummm-sounds interesting. The town of Piggs Peak was similar to others we had driven through; stores and markets packed with people, children playing in schoolyards, and cows walking in the streets. The difference in Piggs Peak is the Orion Piggs Peak Casino, Hotel and Restaurant. Here in the middle of Swaziland, where the majority of people are black, poor, and barely eking out a living, is this beautiful, lush oasis, surrounded by rich green mountain forests. Originally a gold mining center, the town was n...Read More

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King Sobhuza II Memorial Park

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Attraction | "King Sobhuza II Memorial Park and National Museum"

King Sobhuza II Memorial Park Photo, Swaziland, Africa
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After leaving Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary on our way to Komatipoort, we stopped at the King Sobhuza II Memorial Park in Lobamba. It is quite an eye-catching structure dedicated to the Swazi people’s beloved king. As we entered the main building, two women behind a large counter greeted us. We asked what we might see and what the entrance fee was. We purchased a combination ticket for the Memorial Park and the National Museum for R25 (US$4). One of the women offered to take us through the park as our guide. We gratefully accepted her offer. Our guide told us that we were welcome to take pictures throughout the park, except of the Mausoleum, where thei...Read More

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King Sobhuza II Memorial Park
P. O. Box 100
Lobamba , Swaziland
+268 416 1481

Hiking through Swaziland Photo, Swaziland, Africa
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After checking out the available activities at Mlilwane, including guided horse riding tours, mountain biking trails, and guided land rover tours, we settled on a quiet, easy hike to the area where the hippos hang out. We were assured by the camp staff that the trail was well marked, mostly level, and would take just over an hour. Choosing a walking stick from the barrel at the Reception Building made us feel like real hikers. Map in hand and cameras ready, we set out on our short trek. We hiked through of open grasslands leading up to the Nyonyane Mountains and in front of us was an exposed granite peak known as the Execution Rock. Along the way, we saw impalas and zebras that only brief...Read More