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SWAZILAND TRAVEL GUIDE
The Kingdom of Swaziland
The Kingdom of Swaziland is a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa (one of the smallest on the continent), situated on the eastern slope of the Drakensberg mountains, embedded between South Africa in the west and Mozambique in the east. The country is named after the Swazi, a Bantu tribe. Largely as a result of having the world's highest rate of HIV infection, Swaziland has the lowest life expectancy on the planet: just 32.62 years.

History

Human remains and artifacts from more than 100,000 years ago have been found in Swaziland. The earliest inhabitants of the area were Khoisan hunter-gatherers.

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They were largely replaced by the Bantu tribes during Bantu migrations. Evidence of agriculture and iron use dates from about the 4th century, and people speaking languages ancestral to current Sotho and Nguni languages began settling no later than the 11th century.

The ruling Dlamini lineage had chiefships in the region in the 18th century. An enlarged Swazi kingdom was established by King Sobhuza I in the early 19th century. Soon thereafter the first whites started to settle in the area. In the 1890s the South African Republic in the Transvaal claimed sovereignty over Swaziland but never fully established power. After the South African War of 1899–1902, Swaziland became a British protectorate. The country was eventually granted independence on September 6, 1968. Since then, Swaziland has seen a struggle between pro-democracy activists and the monarchy.

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EZULWINI HOTELS - SWAZILAND, AFRICA

Ezulwini ("Place of the Sky"), to the south of Mbabane, is a tourist center with a large number of hotels. There are also tennis courts, riding arenas and a thermal spring, as well as numerous shops selling craft products. 
Mantenga Lodge, Ezulwini
The lodge is situated among natural surroundings at the foot of Sheaba’s Breasts Mountains, overlooking the legendary “Execution Rock”.   Enjoy the peace and tranquility, relax at the swimming pool, take a stroll around the gardens or just sit on the deck and enjoy the view of Execution rock whilst delighting your palette with the tastes from our a-la-Carte restaurant.   For those who are more budget conscious, try the poolside rooms. We have a few family rooms around the lodge, one of which is located in an old church building.  Swaziland has a rich history and cultural background to explore, and Mantenga Lodge is an ideal base from where to get a real feel from the Swazi people.

MBABANE, SWAZILAND HOTELS & BED & BREAKFASTS

Mountain Inn, Mbabane
Mountain Inn is the executive and diplomat’s choice for comfort, convenience and information networking. Swaziland’s most personal hotel-situated only 4kms from Mbabane center - is a professional, yet family run establishment.  The Mountain Inn offers superb cuisines, fully equipped meeting and conference facilities, television in all rooms and secure parking. All this incorporated into breathtaking views embracing the space and grandeur of Ezulwini Valley – the valley of heaven. We are 35kms from Matsapha airport.  We have mountain bikes, birding excursions and many hiking trails. By arrangement we have access to golf courses, fly fishing, horse riding and a cultural village. 

SAFARI, GAME AND OTHER LODGES IN SWAZILAND

Hawane, Backpacker/Hostel/Safari Lodge, Swaziland
An experience away from home does not have to mean doing without. At Hawane Resort, we try to make you as comfortable as possible whether your comfort includes a good book at the pool, archery or horse or mountain bike riding.  Our well-stocked toy-box for all ages has a variety of entertainment from board games and DSTV to more vigorous outdoor fun.  Kids games & Babysitting services  Our 22 thatched luxury en-suite chalets are a fascinating, inspired blend of traditional Swazi materials and glass panelled front walls creating a delicious combination of warmth and light.  Waterways meander through the indigenous landscaped gardens enclosed by a serpentine braided wattle fence.
Kubuta, Self-Catering Accommodation, Swaziland
Kubuta is a beautiful tranquil valley in rural south central Swaziland. A visit to Kubuta Banana Farm is a rewarding, relaxing & energizing experience.  There are shady campsites with braai’s and ablution facilities available for groups as well as rustic self catering rondavel, which makes a perfect stopover for the single traveler or an ideal getaway for a romantic weekend for two.  Abundant bird life will reward bird watchers and fishermen can enjoy casting a rod in the dams, which are rich in bass and bream. More ambitious hikers may prefer an energetic walk to the top of the Loklwane, where a panoramic view of the valley unfolds.  For those interested, golf is available at the recently opened Nkoyeni course. Excellent game viewing can be experienced as a day trip to Mkhaya Game Reserve.
Maguga Lodge, Piggs Peak, Swaziland
You’ll find Maguga Lodge in the heart of the Hhohho region in Swaziland and is ideally situated for proximity to the Kruger National Park as well as Mpumalanga Province and Mozambique. Overlooking the shimmering waters of Maguga Dam, the lodge offers the discerning traveler a tranquil retreat.  On offer is stunning accommodation; restaurant and bar; conferencing facilities; weddings and functions venue.  Maguga Lodge is fresh, fun!  It is the ideal destination to unwind and recapture that sense of calmness which is often lost in our day to day hustle and bustle.  For the adventure seekers, neighbouring Enkhaba Adventures offers the following activities: quad-biking; para-gliding; hiking; abseiling and canoeing. 
Phophonyane Falls Lodge & Nature Reserve, Swaziland
Phophonyane Falls Lodge, Swaziland's own unique hideaway is quietly tucked away in its own 500 ha nature reserve in a place of legendary romance and breathtaking natural surroundings. The Phophonyane River runs through the reserve in a series of waterfalls and cascades with the sound of running water providing an ever present sense of calm at the lodge.    The Phophonyane Nature Reserve is home to small mammals such as red duiker, Cape clawless otter, bush buck and a remarkable 230 bird species including the elusive Narina Trogon, purple crested lourie and the wood owl.  Guests at Phophonyane are guaranteed a high level of privacy and personal service. 

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