Formerly known as Swaziland, Eswatini, Africa’s only existing active monarchy is situated in the southern part of Africa. It is a landlocked country with its neighbouring countries being South Africa and Mozambique. The country has 2 capitals Mbabane (administrative capital) and Lobamba. The currency used is the Swazi Lilangeni (SZL).
Fun Fact! Eswatini is home to the oldest mountain in the world! (it’s over 3.6 billion years old)
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So, let’s break this country up into PARTS.
The majority of emaSwati’s are from the Swazi ethnic groups. Other ethnic groups like the Zulu and some European ethnic groups form the country’s ethnic makeup. English and siSwati are the country’s official languages.
Why not explore the city of Mbanbane and taste Eswatini cuisines?
Lobamba is the country’s cultural hub; many important festivals are celebrated here such as the Reed Dance (A celebration where unmarried women dress up in colourful cultural attire and parade in front of the king)
Outside, Mbabane there is a lot to see and do too. Makhonjwa Mountrains, these small mountains and hills are perfect for those hitchhikers. Ezulwini valley, is in the Royal valley. The area is surrounded by lush wildlife. Malolotja Nature Reserve is also a perfect place for hiking and enjoying nature. There are so many more national parks on the eastern side of the country too!
Rituals and Culture
The majority of the population practice Christianity. Some traditional Eswatini food include: porridge also known as Sishwala, Slaai (salad) and corn on the cob.
– Strapped with cash. Other than Mbabane, it is very difficult to find ATMs around the country, so make sure you convert your money into the local currency.