I have to admit, before going to Swaziland I knew literally nothing about this tiny country situated within the borders of South Africa and Mozambique.
The border crossing from South Africa was easy peasy and we arrived at our campsite in Milwane in the afternoon. The weather was considerably cooler in Swaziland so it was time to rug up in my warm gears before venturing off to explore the local area. The camp site had lovely views over the surrounding mountains and where we pitched our tent offered brilliant hazy views over the Miliwane National Park.
We headed over to the National Park which was called Miliwane Wildlife Santuary to see what to get up to over the next few days. Very quickly we worked out that everything was super pricey, the National Park offers mountain bike safaris, jeep safaris and hikes. As everything was expensive we just opted for the hikes. There were a few warthogs and their babies roaming around the reception area and our campsite which were hilarious to watch.
The local ladies banged a drum at 6pm which signalled dinner time. The ladies cooked us a hearty meal that evening and we sat outside and ate before retiring to bed early to be ready for our hike the next day.
We chose the ‘Hippo Trail’ the next day even though it was raining, thunder and lightening because there wasn’t a whole lot else to do. I saw lots of wildlife on the hike, firstly a deer eating on the path, monkeys, a family of warthogs, crocodile, zebra and wilderbeasts. So it was definitely a great way to see some of the local wild life.
The hippo trail was fairly easy although because it was raining the trail was quite muddy and some parts were very slippery. It was a bit of up and down for the first half of the hike and then it levelled off towards the end.
The Hippo Trail took around 4 hours to complete and the path takes you back to the information centre which was about 15 minutes from our campsite.
The next couple of days, again the weather was a bit rubbish, lots of rain so we went into a cute little craft market one day to have lunch and did some shopping to stock up on beautiful African crafts as our days in Africa were numbered.
Swaziland reminded me a lot of East Africa – especially Uganda. It was colourful, the style of houses, the friendly people, the greenery and how the people live was nothing like the other Southern African countries.
Swaziland was a very beautiful place but as we only stayed in one campsite for three nights I felt I only got to see a very small part of the country.
I visited Swaziland as part of my Ultimate Africa trip with Tucan Travel.
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