The Kingdom of Swaziland
Swaziland is ideally situated for a tour of Southern Africa with excellent roads (only four hours drive from Johannesburg) and daily flights, making travel conditions easy. Visitors are surprised and delighted to discover a wealth of different, real African experiences in this unique Kingdom.
The Kingdom of Swaziland is old, peaceful and incredibly varied. The people are friendly and humorous and Swaziland is a vibrant, fun place to experience Africa. For Swazi experiences visit our Things to do and see page . In the rural areas life has changed little over the decades. Along the roadsides view homesteads nestling in patchworks of mealie (corn) fields
This is the last traditional Kingdom in Africa where the cheerful, friendly Swazi people have preserved their rich culture and traditions as a vital element in their day to day lives. Here there is a unique balance between Ancient and Modern, African and Western, which extends through many parts of daily life.
The most important ceremony is the Incwala or Kingship Ceremony, which takes place in December/January. The King and thousands of young men and warriors take part in various rituals, dances and songs. The dates for this ceremony are announced each year by the King, usually a few weeks before the event and are also determined by the phases of the moon.
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