Swaziland now known as Eswatini, is one of the last absolute monarchies (Umbuso weSwatini) in the world. The country is one of the smallest in Africa with its borders touching both Mozambique as well as South Africa.

Another popular tourist destination is the Hlane Royal National Park with it’s authentic thatched huts. If hiking is something you enjoy the Lebombo Mountains are perfect for this. Ngwenya glass is produced here and considered one of Swaziland’s major tourists attractions. A small group of eSwati women use 100% recycled glass to produce beautifully hand-blown animal figures and glassware. Their work is highly sort after around the world.

On a personal note, I spent a lot of time in Swaziland during my childhood as our farm in South Africa was near the Oshoek border. I met King Sobhuza II, watched polo matches, and spent a great deal of time at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. My parents were both great conservationists and taught me the importance of protecting and respecting the wildlife. (photo of me and Lady Jane the warthog) Jill and Nigel, were two rhinos, that my parents gave them in 1968. (old picture)