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My Swaziland Travel Memories with My Family
Best Swaziland Travel and Holidays Ever!
Paul, my husband, was born in Mbabane, Swaziland in 1941. His parents were very lucky to get permits to live there after escaping Nazi Germany in 1939. They were 2 of 100 immigrants granted citizenship to a very welcoming country.
My family and I have returned to Mbabane, the capital of Swaziland, many, many times over the years.
This picture is of our two daughters, Beverley and Felicity enjoying the Royal Swazi Spa Hotel. They just loved their father telling them stories about Swaziland and showing them all the places of interest.
The Kingdom of Swaziland
A small country in Southern Africa
Swaziland is a small landlocked country in Southern Africa, bordering Mozambique and South Africa. It gained its independence from Britain in 1963. The official languages are Swazi, which is a Bantu language, as well as English. The most common religion is Christianity.
A picture of our family in 1973 crossing the border from South Africa into Swaziland and us looking forward to a wonderful vacation.
Places of Interest
Small as it may be, Swaziland is a very exciting tourist destination with its art and craft outlets and traditional markets and wildlife reserves. At Mlilwane Game Reserve tame birds and animals are free to come and go and wander through the camp grounds. Mkhaya Game Reserve offers visitors the opportunity of viewing game in open Landrovers with guides.
A major attraction for the visit to Swaziland is The Royal Swazi Sun Hotel complex, in the heart of the Ezulwini Valley, between Mbabane and Manzini. Swaziland also hosts a large number of internationally renowned hotels and a number of thermal springs where visitors can relax and unwind, like my favorite, the Spa at the Royal Swazi Sun.
Swaziland offers many scenic drives. North of Mbabane, the road to Luve is known as Pine Valley with a series of waterfalls on the Black Umbeluzi River and the granite heights of "Bald Rock".
The drive to Piggs Peak, in the north is one of the most scenic in the country. The Malolotja Nature Reserve lies to the west of the road and here, after a steep walk, you can view the Malolotja Falls, the highest in Swaziland.
Capital of Swaziland
Mbabane is the capital and largest city in Swaziland. It is the commercial center for the surrounding areas. Mbabane, and Swaziland itself, thrive on tourism and sugar exports. Tin and iron are mined as well. The nation's administrative center moved from Bremersdorp (now known as Manzini) in 1902 and this caused Mbabane to grow.
The average annual temperature is 15Â°C (59 deg. F) in July and 22Â°C (71.6 deg. F) in January. The seasons are the exact opposite to the United States as Swaziland is in the southern hemisphere. Mbabane's closest border crossing to South Africa is Ngwenya-Oshoek.
Swaziland - The Perfect Choice
A Luxury 4 Day Weekend
As Chairman and as Organizer for the Rolls Royce and Bentley Owners Club of South Africa, my husband Paul and I decided to share our love
for Swaziland with the members of our club. What an enormous response and excitement there was in accepting this invitation.
We had The Rolls Royce Division of Grosvenor Motors Johannesburg, in conjunction with our club, organize this 4 day weekend. The whole weekend was quite superb and magical. From the Royal Swazi Hotel and Spa, the guests rooms, the gifts in each room, the entertainment, etc. etc.
Magical Swaziland - The Beautiful Rolls Royces & Bentleys - there were 50 cars
It was a weekend immensely enjoyed by us all. Wonderful memories for all attending to cherish for a lifetime.
Beautiful Swaziland - Swazi Dancers
Enjoy this video - It might be a little long, but very well worth watching. It really shows you what Swaziland is all about.