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    BRAAI

    by DAO Updated Aug 1, 2008

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    A Braai is social happening and culinary experience you will find here in Swaziland. The word Braai (rhymes with ‘cry’) is Afrikaans for ‘barbecue’ or ‘roast’. To me it translates as simply delicious. You also get to burn stuff to make your meal. Most grocery stores have all your Braai supplies. That includes firewood. It gives you a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of Swaziland, eat delicious grilled food and legally start a big fire and not get into trouble.

    Enjoy Boerwoers (a large grillable sausage), Texas Steak (pre-marinated beast of a steak available at Shoprite grocery stores) and beer underneath the stars. Alternatively cook & eat anything you can buy, kill or get your hands on.

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    THE WARTHOG

    by DAO Written Apr 5, 2008

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    They look fierce, but just about every other animal eats these poor guys including snakes! That’s probably why I have so many pohotos of them running away. They love mud and are usually found near water holes. If you are on safari and looking for lions and other predators, this is a good sign. Find them and there should be a predator nearby.

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    THE ANNUAL REED DANCE - FACT 1

    by DAO Updated May 9, 2007

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    Known as the Umhlanga or Reed Dance

    It is an incredibel 8 day ceremony where young girls cut reeds and present them to the Queen Mother and then dance.

    The festival takes place evry year in late August or early September. Only unmarried girls without kids can participate.

    The aims of this massive ceremony are to:

    1. Preserve giris' chastity
    2. Provide tribute labour for the Queen Mother
    3. Produce solidarity by working together

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    THE ANNUAL REED DANCE - FACT 4

    by DAO Written Mar 8, 2007

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    You need a government permit to take pictures at the Reed Festival. Don't think you can just show up and wonder around and take photos - you can't. This is an ancient and sacred ceremony that has to be treated with great respect. And they have plenty of security. Plan ahead if you wish to attend.

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    THE ANNUAL REED DANCE - FACT 3

    by DAO Updated Mar 8, 2007

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    You just cannot escape this fact. Up to, and possibly over, 50,000 young women dance either with one breast exposed - or both. That is 100,000 breasts. There are elaborate dances, ceremonies, costumes and pagentry. The reason this ceremony is so famous and photographed is obvious. Unfortunately it obscures the reason and traditions for many visitors.

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    THE ANNUAL REED DANCE - FACT 2

    by DAO Updated Mar 8, 2007

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    At the end of the Ceremony the king is allowed to pick one of the maidens to be one (of his many) wives. The current King, Mswati III, choose a 16 year old girl in 2004 to be wife number 12. Each wife gets their own house, servants and a BMW. Girls do not have to attend the ceremony, but getting married to the King is a sever possibility. He is a total Monarch and can do as he pleases. One of the few absolute royal rulers in the world left.

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    Manzini

    by WaRPer Written Dec 30, 2006

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    Maybe the only reason spending a night here in Manzini, is to wait for the long-distance buses or catch a plane at Matsapha Airport nearby. Manzini is the business center of Swailand, a transportation hub both for domestic and international routes. So westernized, with lots of shopping complexes/malls, chain restaurants like KFC and Pizza Hut. Nothing really interesting about the city, esp. if the reason visiting Swaziland is to experience the traditional culture/way-of-life.....Anyhow, if you have a chance dropping by, Manzini Market is the place where you should spend some times.

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    Mkhaya Game Reserve

    by WaRPer Written Dec 17, 2006

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    Another Swazi's National Park...unlike the famous 'Godfather' Kruger Park which is turning to be too commercial, Mkhaya is yet untouched. You can expect to see 3 of the Big Five here; Rhinos (lots of'em), buffaloes, and elephants....too bad there're no CATS in this park. Day-tour and overnight stay available, advance booking needed. It was a great experience spending a night in what they call 'Stone Camp' -- an open-plan stone cottage, outdoor toilet/shower and no electricity at night!!! GREAT FUN!!

    Some other animals you're likely to see at Mkhaya: Antelopes, Wilderbeests, Inhalas, Impalas, Giraffes, Zebras, Kudus, Hippos, Gators, Mongoose, Iguanas,...DUNG BEETLES.

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    Mantenga Craft Center

    by WaRPer Updated Dec 17, 2006

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    If you're thinking about buying something back home for souvenirs, here's the place. As you deal directly with the crafters themselves, the price is somewhat really acceptable. From small tiny little pieces of wood and silverwork to large-scale sculptures.

    +a short cultural walking trail at the Mantenga Lodge.
    Swazi Trails office (tour agency) at one end of the craft center.

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    The famous Manzini market

    by WaRPer Updated Dec 17, 2006

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    Very colorful and vibrant, but can be a little too busy sometimes.

    This is the place where all the trading activities going on. The flux of agricultural and other products from all over Africa. - What makes this market so unique and is 'a must' whenever you're here in Manzini. Located just behind the main bus station, with endless array of stalls, from veggies to consumer electronics!! Be very careful of pick-pockets, this is for real. Buy lots of fresh fruits; green apples, mangoes, whatever, they're all good and I mean 'dirt cheap.'

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    Mlilwane Wildlife Sunctuary

    by WaRPer Written Dec 17, 2006

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    A perfect trail for up-close animal viewing (antelopes, zebras, hippos, warthogs, ostriches, all kinds of harmless ones) Spend a whole day walking or cycling around the park, (and a visit to Umphakatsi Chief's Village) and a short evening break to Ezulwini Valley nearby. And as the senset, there's a huge BBQ facility right at the heart of the rest camp. Ask your fellow travellers to join the feast or just self-cook in one of the Lotweni traditional cottages.

    --Try not to buy anything from the camp, it's all overpriced. Prepare everything you need from home or get'em from Pick 'n' Pay supermarket at the Ezulwini Valley--

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    Visit Umphakatsi Cheif's Village

    by WaRPer Written Dec 17, 2006

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    Mlilwane Wildlife Sunctuary also offers a visit to traditional Swazi's village.
    Though you all might know there's no such thing nowadays. This is pretty much like role-playing characters, or 'fake' in a short word. But still worth seeing anyways. You'll be taken into an old-school way-of-life of traditional Swazi people; the beehive huts, singing songs, dancing with their music and stuff. Ending up, as usual, they'll try to sell you hand-made crafts or ask for some money donation.

    A 1-hour show costs you 25E (equal to SA Rand.)
    Advance booking essential. Min pax of 4.

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    Mbabne, the capital

    by tpk2 Updated Dec 16, 2006

    Admittedly, Mbabane is not one of the most inspiring capital cities in the world. Anyway, I think it's worth a visit, if for nothing else for seeing the Swazi Market . Check out my Mbabne page at
    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/i/890f4/

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    Nsangwini Rock Art

    by jonah1 Written Oct 20, 2006

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    Bushman paintings offer a unique glimpse into a mysterious way of life shrounded in mystery that is between four hundred and four thousand years old.

    Bantu speaking people first arrived in Swaziland in about 450 AD from the north, this is the only known Bushman painting of them with cattle and sheep in Swaziland.The caves was once the site of sacred rain making ceremonies. Access is along a mountained trail with trained guides to show the route and interpret the paintings. The Nsangwini Bushman paintings are managed and maintained by the Nsangwini community with a reservations, reception and orientation office at the start of the trail.Secure parking is provided and safety along the trails assured. All profits from the scheme are reinvested in the community.

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    Horse trails

    by jonah1 Written Oct 20, 2006

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    There are plenty of opportunities to experience Horse riding in Swaziland as there are many operators scattered all over. I have personally done this a few times and while I wouldnt describe it as an adrenaline rush I would certainly say it is a fantastic experience all the same

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