The tiny Royal Kingdom of Swaziland is bordered on 3 sides by South Africa, and to the east by Mozambique. Easily accessible, stable and friendly, Swaziland is a holiday destination that possesses a wealth of tourist attractions - a diverse and colourful culture, strong traditions, beautiful and varied landscape, abundant wildlife and proud, hospitable people.
All the geographical features of Africa, with the exception of desert, can be found within Swaziland's small area, and the country lies between 400 and 1,800m above sea level. Mountainous highveld blanketed in pines; lush, fertile valleys ideal for crop cultivation; dry lowveld where sugar cane is commercially grown; the three great rivers of Umbuluzi, Usustu and Ngwavuma start their journeys here, and spectacular waterfalls tumble through rocky ravines in rainbows of colour.
The ancient customs of Swaziland are inextricably woven into the fabric of everyday life, and at the heart of this strongly traditional society is the Ngwenyama, the King. Traditional beliefs, rituals and practices run deep, and urban Swazis maintain firm links with their rural families. When duty calls, they return to take their place, wearing the traditional cloths and skins of emahiya, to perform the task or ceremony for which the nation has been called. Two major traditional ceremonies are held annually - the Incwala, the sacred ceremony of Kingship, starting at the last new moon of the year; and the Umhlanga Reed Dance, held in August/September, again depending on the moon phase.
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