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    Matenga falls

    by shavy Written Mar 6, 2014

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    We walked about half a mile up the side of a mountain to see a waterfall. Trees had fallen in places, however these trees had been chopped down for their wood rather than for safety reasons.

    On the walk there you could see evergreen forest with the hint of a waterfall right at the back. The odd thing was the place was quiet. You couldn’t hear the waterfall
    It was absolutely gorgeous. We didn’t have time to get really close to it, but I was happy non-the-less.

    This was the main path we walked
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    Swazi Village

    by shavy Written Mar 6, 2014

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    The village comprises 16 beehive shaped grass and reed huts, all built with traditional materials
    A Swazi guide dressed in traditional costume welcomes visitors to the village

    As visitors are led through the village, the guide will provide a glimpse into the day to day village life of the time. And he showed us inside the hut, they use to sleep on the ground with a wooden headrest and a animal skin

    Visit a Swazi family at home and learn the ancient skill of weaving a traditional beehive hut
    Swazi used to sleep in the huts with a wooden head rest and animal skins. It is well acquainted with the Swazi guide

    The huts Inside the hut
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    The Mantenga Cultural Village

    by shavy Written Mar 6, 2014

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    Known by the Siswati name of Ligugu Lemswati meaning “the pride of the Swazi people”, the Mantenga Cultural Village is a worthwhile to visit for anyone wanting to learn more about the Swazi Culture

    Whilst traditions are still followed in Swaziland, modern influences have had an impact on traditional ways.
    The main aim of the village is to enable all Swazis to visit it in order to maintain a positive interest in their cultural heritage and language and provide a forum for display of Swazi customs, rituals, dance, music, folklore, arts and crafts.

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    Deepest rural Swaziland - Mbuluzi

    by Moirads Written Nov 7, 2011

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    Mbuluzi Clinic is a very rural clinic several kilometers outside Mbabane where The Salvation Army ran a clinic twice a week. We often found cattle in the clinic garden. The main purpose of the clinic was pre-and postnatal care, but it also did general work. Many of the people deep in the rural areas do not speak English, so it was a time of great trial to me as I have no ear for languages and never quite picked up a working knowledge of the SiSwati. We had to ford a river to get there so in bad weather the clinic was cancelled. All along the road to the Mbuluzi Clinic people simply waited for us to arrive and we treated them then and there. My weekly visits there gave me a feel for rural Swaziland.

    Thin cattle, poor people.
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    Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - Part 2

    by DAO Updated Nov 1, 2011

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    THE REILLY FAMILY

    The Reilly Family created Mlilwane Game Sanctuary in Swazialnad to help restore the wildlife that was depleted in Swaziland in the past. James Reilly settled at Mlilwane in 1906 and began to mine tin. He became the largest employer of industrial labour in the country and introduced electricity to Swaziland. He was known the locals as “Machobane”. His son, Ted Reilly was born at Mlilwane in 1938 and still runs the sanctuary today.

    The Reilly’s saw the demise of Swaziland’s wildlife which included the rinderpest (or cattle plague) in 1896, excessive & illegal hunting, the ‘wildebeest plague’ in the 1930’s, poison, traps, herbicides, pesticides, and wholesale depletion of Swaziland’s game and flora over decades. Ted Reilly decided to turn the family farm into a sanctuary for indigenous wildlife in 1963. Since its opening wildlife of all kinds including fish and reptiles have been ‘hunted’ in Swaziland to be brought here to increase their numbers. It is now 10 times its original size due to support from the Royal Family and private donations. It is now a National Park.

    Thanks to this remarkable family, much of Swaziland’s wildlife still flourishes.

    Ted Reilly (CENTRE) Winiela (L) and Patrick (R)
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    Hlane Royal National Park

    by jenniferhen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    What a terrific park. We actually ended up liking this park ore than the Kruger! It was so isolated and rustic! We stayed in the park in a hut that had no electricity, was within a stones throw to a water hole. In this waterhole we were treated to a rhino and her baby and several elephants!! It was one of my favorite places that we stayed. Although I did sweat off about 10 pounds during the night. No electricity=no a.c. A very restless night....but it was worth it!

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    Swazi Candles

    by tompt Updated Feb 13, 2011

    An absolute must is a visit to the Swazi Candles Craft Center. It is great to see how the candles are shaped by hand. And the candles do make nice souvenirs.

    The craft center hosts next to the candle factory also wood carvers, a batik shop and more.

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    Mantenga Cultural Village

    by tompt Written Feb 13, 2011

    At the Mantenga Cultural Village you can see how the Swazi people used to live. It is all brought in a way like they still live there, but i doubt that.
    It was just nice to see how the hut were build, the food was cooked and to hear about the traditional ways. Our guide, a young Swazi girl, told us all about the customs around marriage. How the girl was taken in the middle of the night and how here father got 17 cows. She even showed us the traditional wedding dress, a leather skirt and apron.
    On top of that there was traditional singing and dancing.

    Something you should see once in a life time, but that is also enough.

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    Ngwenya glass

    by tompt Written Feb 13, 2011

    Near the border at Ngwenya you can visit a glass factory. Here they make the most beautiful things from recycled glass. There is a balcony from which you see the melting and blowing of the glass below you.

    There is a shop that sell the glassware. All purchases are safely packed in paper and a carton box. Our glasses made it home in our weekend bag in the normal luggage in the aircraft.

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    Hlane Royal National Park

    by mikelisaanna Updated Dec 17, 2009

    Hlane Royal National Park is Swaziland's primary game park, featuring the usual array of animals, including elephants, rhinos, lions, hippos, leapoards, and giraffes. The park is especially known for its rhinos. You can tour the park in your own vehicle or through ranger-led game drives. The ranger-led drives are done both with vehicles and as walking tours.

    There is food and lodging in the park. However, we did not stay in Hlane, as we were trying to get to Kruger that evening and were pressed for time.

    The sign at the entrance to Hlane Royal NP
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    Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - Part 1

    by DAO Updated Jun 19, 2009

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    Would you like to take the family to stay inside a real Game Park and not worry about being eaten by the animals? Mlilwane is a fantastic place to stay and visit and there are no man-eating inhabitants. In fact you can go on walks at night and see animals you might not see otherwise like Bush Babies. Mlilwane means Little Fire, after the numerous fires started by lightning strikes on the Mlilwane Hill. The Sanctuary covers 4,560 hectares and comprises of a southern and northern section. The north section includes the Nyonyane Mountain known as the "Rock of Execution" and Swazi Royal graves. The south section can be explored by foot, mountain bike, horseback or vehicle day and night.

    Accommodation varies from camping to the very comfortable beehives (pictured). Facilities include the fantastic Hippo Haunt restaurant which overlooks teaming wildlife in the pond just outside. You can also have a braai nearby.

    Family orientated loads of wildlife and a generally relaxing environment. They even have a swimming pool. Enjoy!

    AN NOTHING WILL EAT YOU !
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    Summerfield Botanical Gardens

    by junecorlett Written Jun 18, 2009

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    Unfortunately the Main Lodge was closed on the day we visited, but I managed to take some photographs.
    It is worth a visit even when the shops are shut.
    Plenty of Mango trees and cycads.
    The restaurant has a beautiful setting over a lake.

    Cycads View over the lake
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    Execution Rock

    by junecorlett Written Jun 17, 2009

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    Execution Rock is another unique rock that overlooks the Ezulwini Valley.
    The rock derives its name from the custom of a century ago, when wrongdoers accused of crimes such as witchcraft and murder were made to walk to the summit and plunge to their deaths (How awful) But I suppose it fits the crime.
    This venture inevitably required some assistance from the Swazi warriors on the ascent and, understandably, a prod from a spear to fascilitate the downward journey.
    Happliy, this custom was done away with some time ago.

    Execution Rock with Sheba's Breasts Execution Rock
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    Mantenga Experience

    by junecorlett Written Jun 17, 2009

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    Visit the Mantenga Craft Centre with its fascinating shops that offer a wide variety of local art and craft items, or books for an adventure adrenalin sport or a safari at Swazi Trails. There is a tourism information office in the centre and nearby is Backpacker Lodge, a popular stopover with the young.
    Within the Mantenga Nature Reserve is the Cultural Village, which is operated by the Swziland National Trust Commission, and where visitors may learn about the day-to-day life in a traditional Swazi homestead and enjoy vibrant dance shows. There is also tented accomodation, restaurants and of course the breathtaking Mantenga Falls.

    Mantenga Cultural Village
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    Malolotja Nature Reserve

    by Gili_S Updated Feb 26, 2009

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    This is a mational park or nature reserve located somewhere in the north west of Swaziland by the South African border. It is a beautiful mountain area with excellent views and landscape and very good for hiking.

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