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This small landlocked Kingdom is located within South Africa.  It is ruled in a dual monarchy system comprising of the King and the Queen Mother. Unlike other parts of Africa, much of the landscape is well watered, due to the numerous rivers, streams and centuries old agricultural values and techniques. The indigenous Swazi people have always taken pride in hard work farming or herding, cleanliness, the art represented in their rich blankets, weavings and hut ornamentation.  The country‚Äôs biggest draws are its rural charm, its still well-preserved traditional culture and customary friendliness. 

With the huge influx of refugees from Zimbabwe, South Africa and countries to the north, much of the above traditional beauty is eroding quickly.  This makes Swaziland an immediate must see for those with romantic images of a functioning pastoral tribal Africa or those who are interested in hard but rewarding volunteer work.
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Go visit the traditional swazi village, its near the Legends hostel. There is dance show twice every day.
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We always went to Swaziland driving from Maputo, via Namaacha. Mbabane was a nice small town. Well kept, clean, a fresh air from what could then be called as one of the best spots in Africa. No holes on the road, sugar cane and other crops cultivated, lots of forest on the hills, really a very nice country. Polite and friendly people, no crime, no messing around. People wearing traditional outfits on their daily lives, which was rather surprising considering they weren't that many. And, at Mbabane, I had what was very likely the best steak in my life!

We stayed at Mountain Inn. A quite place, nice rooms, great swimming-pool and a awesome view from the bedroom at fair prices.

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Manzini is the largest "city" in Swaziland and not extremely interesting in itself. However, it has great opportunities to take part in some community tourism in the area. From Myxo's place (Big Bend Road), a hostel owned by a Swazi originally from KaPhunga, the community in question, 1-2 days trips are organised. You'll get some quick "language lessons" and an introduction to their culture. Then you''re off! I found it one of the best cultural tours ever, as it is small scale, honest and fun. People are most welcoming and equally curious about your habits, which assures that it is not just a bunch of white people checking out the funny Africans. Loved it!
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