Likes & Dislikes

Opinions

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Swaziland - king - Happy Birthday Your Majesty - k-t g. photo

Practicals

Transport

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Swaziland - road sign about real speed humps - k-t.g. photo

Shopping


Swaziland - souvenir -k-t.g. photo

Fun

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Swaziland - traditional dance 1 - k-t.g. photo

Swaziland - in traditional festive dress- y.m.

Swaziland - festive outerwear - y.m. photo

Health

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Swaziland - Brides of the King of Swaziland take their morning bath - y.m. photo

Background

Swaziland - national flag

Destination in brief


Swaziland, officially the Kingdom of Eswatini is a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa. Neighbors: South African Republic (north,west, south), Mozambique (east).

Size: 17,364 km² (6,704 mi²)

Capital city: Mbabane

Population (in 2020): 1.1 million

Languages: Swazi and English are the official languages

Swaziland was a British protectorate and became independent in 1968. 

Religion: 90% Christian

Form of government: absolute monarchy

Currency: Swazi lilangeni (SZL)

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 240 USD


Geography

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Swaziland - cactus tree - Alexander S. photo

People

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Swaziland - girl - k-t.g. photo

Swaziland - repose - k-t.g. photo

Attractions

Swaziland - traditional dance - k-t.g. photo

The Swazi cultural village is more or less exactly what the name suggests. Marketable heritage in the Swazi style. Fortunately they’re more proficient at dancing than they are at ripping off tourists, but some are already travelling to Europe to learn that skill. In any case, they’re wonderful people, though by the end we’d learned more about their culture than any tourist could possibly care to know. One thing we learned is that in the evening they don’t just sleep on the floor of their huts like their ancestors, but put on a freshly ironed pair of jeans, take the bus home and go out to party. Or at least the pink wristwatch and painted nails both supported this theory. Also, the occupation of Swazi dancer is evidently not one in which the absence of one or more front teeth is viewed as any sort of impediment. My suspicion that this might in fact be some sort of confirmation ceremony was not confirmed by a Google search. Interestingly, back in the days before wristwatches and painted nails, the price of a marriage was seventeen cows. A cow is now around 2000 rand (€200) so it’s easy to calculate how much the bride was. Perhaps the cowherds got the better end of the bargain.

k-t.g. photo


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