Swaziland officially known as the kingdom of Swaziland is the smallest country found in the Southern parts of Africa bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. It is under the monarchy of King Mswati III who was named after King Sobhuza II.
Swaziland is situated in Southern Africa, positioned between Mozambique and South Africa
26° 30' S 31° 30 E
17,364 SQ kms
The borders measure in total 535 kms, with the SA border being 430 kms and Mozambique border measuring 105 kms.
Great Usutu River - 21 m
Emlembe - 1,862 m
African - 97%
European - 3%
English - Widely spoken
Currency is the Lilangeni
(E) = 100 South African cents. The plural of Lilangeni is Emalangeni.
Notes are in denominations of E200, E100, E50, E20 and E10.
The South African Rand is also accepted as legal tender (E1 = 1 Rand) although coins are not accepted.
American Express, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted.
Travelers cheques are widely accepted.
King - Mswati III
Indlovukazi - Queen Ntombi
Prime Minister - Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini
Deputy Prime Minister - Themba N. Masuku
The Kingdom is predominately populated by Nguni- speaking people. SiSwati and English are the two official languages spoken in the kingdom. The Swazi local currency is the Lilangeni.
How to get to Swaziland is quite simple. The website provides our visitors with a clearer map that will directly show the places you would love to see and the places you would love to go to.
Accommodation in Swaziland is usually of a high standard.
If you are looking for B&B accommodation, self-catering accommodation, especially for longer stays, or Guest Houses, this is the place to be, while you explore some of the many and varied places to see in Swaziland. There is also an abundance of tourist attractions and things to do in Swaziland.
Scenic tours, day trips and overnight stays are easily arranged through the many tour operators in Swaziland.
Each town on Swaziland Happenings website has a fascinating history, whether it is about the cultural history or the modern day culture in Swaziland.
Sawubona........Hello (single) Sanibonani.......Hello (multiple) Yebo.....Hello/ Yes Kunjani.......How are you (single) Ngikhona..... I am fine (single) Ninjani........ How are you (multiple) Sikhona...... We are well (multiple)
Gauteng 371 Km
Durban 635 Km
Richards Bay 343 Km
Gaborone 718 Km
Maputo 236 Km
Maseru 736 Km
The Manzini Clinic
Medisun Clinic, Ezulwini
The Mbabane Clinic
24hr Trauma Centre
And Lab Service
Good Shepherd Hospital
Welcome to Happenings - a catalogue of information on Swaziland accommodation, Swaziland tourism and tourist destinations, Swaziland businesses, Things to Do and Places to see in the Swazi kingdom.
The magnificent mountains, rivers and waterfalls make the country the most attractive and lovely place people would love to see.
The safety of our visitors is the first priority to the Swazi Kingdom; Exceptional secured accommodation set at a very high standard is offered in different affordable casinos and hotels, lodges and guest houses.
SWAZILAND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
NEW YEARS DAY
H.M. KINGS BIRTHDAY
NATIONAL FLAG DAY
UMHLANGA REED DANCE
SOMHLOHLO DAY (Independence Day )
To be set
Birthday of the Late King Sobhuza
JANUARY (Everybody satisfied) Bhimbidvwane
FEBRUARY (Little Elephant) Indlovana
MARCH (Big Elephant) Indlovulenkhulu
APRIL (Kubasa – to make fire) Mabasa
MAY (Pick up everything you have) Inkhwekhweti
JUNE (Aloe Blossems) Inhlaba
JULY (Hawk that nests in the moon) Kholwane
AUGUST (Small wolf breeds in this month) Ingci
SEPTEMBER (Special bird mates) Inyoni
OCTOBER (Antelope bears its young) Imphala
NOVEMBER (Star to see when woman begin working early) Lweti also (Little Chief) Inkhosi lencane
DECEMBER (Buffalo month / to swallow pickings from teeth) Inggongoni / Mavulangamithi also (Big Chief) Inhosi Lenhkulu
Information on the history of Swaziland and and Surrounding Towns
This website provides information on Swaziland accommodation and tourist destinations within the Kingdom of Swaziland.
Each of the towns or areas listed above have their own unique tourist destinations and tourist activities.
Each of the towns in this site cater for all tourist requirements with regards to accommodation in Swaziland - be it a bed and breakfast accommodation, a Game Farm experience, Hotel accommodation, Guest Lodge or self-catering accommodation.
They cater for tourists, locals, businessmen, backpackers, holiday makers and family groups: ranging from budget accommodation to ultra-luxury accommodation.
There is something for everyone!
Most visitors to Swaziland are attracted by the Reed Dance which is also known as Umhlanga which takes place in late August or early September, where teenagers from all over the kingdom take part. The aim of the ceremony are to:
1. Preserve gil's chasity
2. Provide tribute labour for the queen mother
3. Produce dolidaity by working together
Umhlanga provides the maidens with an opportunity to pay tribute to the Queen Mother (Indlovukazi). The girls collect the reeds from certain selected areas, whereby the older ones travel long distances while the younger ones travel short distances.... Read more
The Incwala Ceremony or First Fruit Ceremony in which the king plays a governing role is the most consecrated of all the Swazi rituals. It is one of the Swazi rituals that attracts most tourists into the kingdom.
The Incwala Ceremony is held in December or January on a date chosen by the astrologers in conjunction with the phases of the moon. It starts when the people of the water (Bemanti) takes a journey to the Indian Ocean to collect water.... Read more
There are many places to see and things to do in the kingdom.
Maguga Dam is beautifully set between the Matsamo border post and the Capital City-Mbabane.
Lovely bushman (San rock art )paintings can be found mostly in the western highveld areas - also a very beautiful place .
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 . They were largely replaced by 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. The ancestors of the Swazi probably moved into the Mozambique area from the north prior to the 16th cent. Fleeing Zulu attacks in the early 19th cent., they settled in present-day Swaziland.
During the 1800s, Europeans entered the area to seek concessions, and in 1894, Swaziland became a protectorate of the Transvaal. In 1906, Swaziland became a High Commission Territory ruled by a British commissioner. Limited self-government was not granted until 1963, and four years later Swaziland became a kingdom under a new constitution. On Sept. 6, 1968, Swaziland achieved complete independence but retained membership in the Commonwealth of Nations.The king became the head of state, administering through a cabinet and a prime minister chosen by parliament.
Swaziland is filled with most talented people.
There is jewellery, pottery, stone caving and wooden items such as bowls and knobkerries. Most of the handcraft can be seen and bought from our different outlets found at Ezulwini, Mbabane and Manzini.
Swaziland's arts and craft are mainly done by women as a means of generating income. Different unique craft shops are found at the Mantenga craft as it is a midpoint for all art and craft manufactures all over the country. The various craft outlets include Rosecraft, Kaya Craft, Benguni Craft, Shiba rags and African Fantasy.
Swaziland crafts ranges from wooden sticks, knobkerries, sisal baskets, woven mats shawls, bags and many more.
More arts and crafts can be seen at Malkerns valley where uniquely handicraft candles can be seen at the Swazi candles factory. 5km from the Oshoek border post and 16 km from Mbabane there is Ngwenya Glass factory where products of excellence are produced with an outstanding remark by skillful Swazi glass blowers.
O Lord our God, bestower of the blessings of the Swazi; We give Thee thanks for all our good fortune; We offer thanks and praise for our King And for our fair land, its hills and rivers. Thy blessings be on all rulers of our Country; Might and power are Thine alone; We pray Thee to grant us wisdom without deceit or malice.
Establish and fortify us, Lord Eternal.
Words by ANDREASE ENOKE FANYANA SIMELANE (1934-) Music by DAVID KENNETH RYCROFT (1924-)
Visitors can also get into the Swazi kingdom by road through thirteen border posts which are open seven days a week with varying operating hours.
The Swaziland National Museum displays natural, cultural heritage, traditional dresses and life styles.
There are game reserves that grant our visitors the opportunity to see the magnificent wildlife we have in Swaziland:the Big 5 and a wide variety of game can be seen at our spectacular game reserves including :
Phophonyane nature reserve
Mbuluzi nature reserve
Mkhaya game reserve
Mlilwane game and many more
Wonderful bird life abounds in Swaziland, making it a birdwatcher's paradise.
The largest game reserve in the Kingdom is Hlane National Royal Park which covers 30.000 hectares. Hlane Royal National Park accommodates mostly lion, elephant, rhino and the leopard and other animals including hippopotamus, giraffe, crocodile, blue wildebeest and many more. Also the park offers a game viewing for their visitors in a comfortable open land rover. Hlane offers highly secured grounds where visitors can roam in the area freely on self guided trails.
The principal Swazi social unit is the homestead, a traditional beehive hut thatched with dry grass. In a polygamous homestead, each wife has her own hut and yard surrounded by reed fences.
There are three structures for sleeping, cooking, and storage (brewing beer). In larger homesteads there are also structures used as bachelors' quarters and guest accommodation.
Central to the traditional homestead is the cattle byre, a circular area enclosed by large logs interspaced with branches. The cattle byre has ritual as well as practical significance as a store of wealth and symbol of prestige. It contains sealed grain pits.
Facing the cattle byre is the great hut which is occupied by the mother of the headman.
Our visitors can get to Swaziland by air, the Matsapha international airport located few kilometers away from Manzini provide luxurious airlines for tourists to fly into the kingdom conveniently. Swazi Express Airlines is one of the luxurious airlines which fly regular flights between Swaziland, Durban and Maputo.
Manzini mainly known as the hub of Swaziland and formerly known as the Bremersdorp has the largest urban population in the kingdom. Mbabane is the capital town of Swaziland and it is mostly surrounded by government offices and has less population than Manzini approximately 40,000 inhabitants .Swaziland has its own spectacular and unique cultural values which attracts most people all over the world.The Reed Dance and the Incwala Ceremonies are the events that the kingdom's visitors mostly admire.
December - mid-summer
June - mid-winter.
Rain falls mostly during the summer months, often in the form of thunderstorms.
Winter is the dry season.
Annual rainfall is highest on the Highveld in the West, between 1,000 and 2,000 mm (39.4 and 78.7 in) depending on the year.
The further East, the less rain, with the Lowveld recording 500 to 900 mm (19.7 to 35.4 in) per annum.
The Highveld temperature is temperate and, seldom, uncomfortably hot while the Lowveld may record temperatures around 40 °C (104 °F) in summer.
QUEEN MOTHERS IN SWAZILAND HISTORY
Queen Mother Labotsibeni , Queen Dzeliwe-Inkhosikati Lashongwe and the current Queen, Queen Indlovukati Ntfombi. Queen Mother Labotsibeni was a dual monarch which held political influence equal to a king and she also had supernatural powers to make it rain. In August 1982 Dzeliwe was named Queen Regemt by the Royal Congress but there was a disagreement between the Prime Ministers and in 1983 she was replaced by the mother of Makhosetive Ntfombi as regent. The current Queen Idnlovukati joined the Head of State in 1986 and is currently Joint Head of State.
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