The World Around Us

Map of Swaziland


The Kingdom of Swaziland is a landlocked, small (200 x 130km) and hilly country in Southern Africa. Almost instantly, we fell in love with the nature , its wildlife and the friendliness of the people. Mbabane is not large, but well equipped and modern. Swaziland gained independence in 1968 in spite of the British government signing a convention recognizing Swaziland 1881. The country is officially ruled by King Mswati III as the administrative head, and, per tradition, his mother as the spiritual head of state.

We have not seen much of the countryside, and understand villages can be quite isolated. About 75% of the population is employed in farming and 60% lives on less than $1.25 each day. The majority of the crops produced are sugar, forestry and citrus. Others are working in South African mines or manufacturing textiles. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has created a major threat to Swaziland with over 50% of adults in their twenties being HIV positive.

Please note this is a personal blog about traveling around the world.


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Don’t Argue with the Wildlife

So Lisette and I have left Sondzela backpackers and are on our way to start our Sunset Drive tour at a nearby encampment. The map here demonstrates the path taken to the new reserve, which we did at around 3pm to start the tour at 430.

Posted by: Marlowe

Date: February 4, 2013

Renewing visas while watching wildlife in Swaziland

Two weeks ago we left for a short trip to Swaziland due to visa legislative rules. We chose the Kingdom of Swaziland because we had already seen Nelspruit (well, a little of it) in South Africa and wanted to maximize our opportunities of seeing different parts of Africa. And we’re so very happy we did!

Posted by: Lisette

Date: January 25, 2013