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Promotion ID: #SwazilandCulturalTravel
03 Oct '18 To 31 May '19

USD 1,000
USD 850
Country: Swaziland
City: Manzini
Duration: 5 Day(s) - 4 Night(s)
Tour Category: Culture Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day 1: Malandela House and Execution Rock

Pick up at the Manzini Airport and go for lunch at the famous Malandela’s House in Fire! Experience by tasting delicious farmhouse food in our delightfully relaxed restaurant. After your meal, indulge yourself by shopping for international quality, beautifully handmade products at Gone Rural, Baobab Batik and Zoggs Boutique. 

Enjoy fantastical events and live performances at the awe-inspiring House on Fire or simply take a walk through magical indigenous gardens. We also got the chance to see the Execution Rock on our way down to lodge you will be Spending the Night on and also have Dinner there.

Overnight Lodge

Day 2: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mantenga Cultural Village

This morning there is a gentle walk through the reserve on the Hippo Trail. This is a trail around the main hippo pool and the central plains. Be prepared to see wildlife on foot including wildebeest, impala and zebra. Keep an eye out for the hippo in the main dam. This is a gentle stroll with lots of options to cut short or lengthen. It will be a slow walk as we will be stopping to see wildlife all the time.(2hours Spent) 

>After the reserve visit Mantenga’s traditional village where you can learn about the Swazi culture and how a traditional village is set out. Local villagers will show you around, explaining the roles of the chief and his wives, their sons and daughters and the traditional healer, also called the sangoma.Then we can go to view the Mantenga Waterfalls!

>Lunch at the local Restaurant

>We Maguga Dam Wall.

>We visit the Nsangwini Rock Art and explore the bushman paintings tucked away in a rock shelter, dramatically perched above the Komati River below – no finer way to learn about the origins of the Swazi people. 

Overnight Lodge

Day 3: Shewula Mountain Camp

After breakfast we visit Shewula Mountain Camp which is the first community eco-tourism project in Swaziland and one of the most successful in the whole of southern Africa. The camp is fully owned and run by the community, meaning that all profits are shared by the community in an effort to continually develop and improve this traditionally impoverished area. Arrive in time for an educational walk amongst the community where you will learn about life in Shewula and be shown into people’s homes. The Shewula community is a friendly agricultural people, with traditional thatch and stone houses dotted neatly among fields of maize cotton and vegetables. They encourage visitors to their area to enjoy the incredible view, gain an insight into traditional Swazi lifestyles. Have lunch on the escarpment looking over the Lubombo Conservancy and the view here is incredible. This is a traditional lunch cooked by the ladies of the camp and you can taste delicious, genuine Swazi food.

Overnight Lodge.

Day 4: Swazi Local Life

We depart lodge after breakfast and visit Gone Rural to learn about the story of how women are being empowered in Swaziland through weaving. Visit behind the scenes and see this in action.

>Visit Swazi Candles where there is time to watch candles being hand sculpted into colourful animal shapes of lion, elephant and other Swazi wildlife.

>Lunch at the local Restaurant.

>Visit The Ngwenya Glass Factory.

Overnight Lodge.

Day 5: Lobamba Village- Swaziland History

Depart Lodge after breakfast You  start off with an intro to Swazi history at the National Museum then skirt past the King’s royal residence, before exploring homes, small scale unique businesses & a local art gallery. The whole way you’ll be guided by an experienced local guide & to end off you’ll have a traditional Swazi lunch at the market. This is the best way to learn about the way Swazi people live today & it’s a fantastic cultural experience full of fun.

Lobamba village is the most famous & iconic of Swaziland’s residential villages. The Lobamba area in general is Swaziland’s cultural capital & is the home of E Ludzidzini, the Kings traditional, royal residence as well as the home of the annual Reed Dance & Incwala Ceremonies – it truly is the cultural centre of Swaziland.
The museum provides the perfect starting point where you will learn about the history of Swaziland from the early Stone Age to the present day. With this basis of knowledge you begin your walking tour of the village by cutting between the traditional royal residences of the present and late Kings. Here you’ll learn how Swazi kings are chosen as well as how they live and rule. The tour then becomes very interactive as you enter the residential part of the village. You’ll stop at a local bar where a woman brews traditional sorghum beer for the community (and you can taste the beer too!). You then have a look at some homesteads and the way of life of a modern Swazi. You’ll also get to visit a very interesting art gallery which has been started by a local artist who lives and works in Lobamba Village. At the gallery you’ll have a look around at paintings, hear the story behind the creation of the gallery and sometimes if you are “lucky’ you’ll get to groove to some live local music!

>Lunch local restaurant.

>Airport Transfer.

END OF TOUR!

 

                                               Valid Passports Essential

Included:      Accommodation                                             Excluded:     drinks & Meals

                      Entry Fees                                                                            Personal expenses

                      Mineral Water                                                                       Personal insurances

                     Transport in 4x4 vehicles                                                      Walks/Hikes activities Fees

                     Driver/Guide Fees                                                                 Tips to guide                  

                                                   

 

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