Not often do you come across a country still under monarchy rule. You picture a king and immediately he has a sword at his hip and a golden crown on his head. Well Swaziland does things a little differently. King Mswati the third does wear a crown, but his is strewn from red feathers. At the annual Umhlanga, or Reed Dance ceremony, tens of thousands of women from Swazi tribes across Zululand gather at the Ludzidzini Royal Village to find a partner through a ritualistic dance. Before the ceremony, they gather the best reeds they can find as a tribute to the Queen mother. This tradition has carried on every year since 1940, and is still as strong and vibrant in their culture as it was back then.
Lush green hills drop off into wide river valleys, mountain ranges stretch across the lands for as far as the eye can see. Buildings are as scarce as trees are in cities. Swaziland’s accommodations give you the real African feel. They aren’t modernistic, overbearing hotel suites, but quaint riverside cottages and tucked away lodges. Mkhaya Game Reserve offers some of the best black and white rhino viewing in Africa, and the 4×4 off-road experience will leave any adrenaline seekers satisfied.
Most nationalities may enter Swaziland without a visa for up to 30 days, and with amazing weather running throughout the whole year, you could pack your bags and head there anytime without a fuss. The summer receives a sunny and wet climate, but the cool and dry winter is the better time to go, as you will have the privilege of viewing the Umhlanga festival .