In August of 2013 I was invited to visit the Kingdom of Swaziland. This small landlocked country is everything you would want in a an African vacation. The best part about visiting Swaziland is that the distances are small, that means more time to see wildlife and experience the culture. We visited during the annual Reed Dance, which is the number one event in the country.
Here are some of my most inspiring Instagram pics from my trip:
View of the Mdzimba Mountains with the valley of the Lusushwana in the foreground
A family of giraffe in Mbuluzi Wildlife Reserve
A local man dressed in traditional clothing in Shewula Nature Reserve
A mother and her young rhino cooling off in the shade – Hlane National Park
A male lion resting after his morning breakfast in Hlane National Park
Two giraffe pretending to be invisible in Hlane National Park
A women creating a colorful basket in the Manzini central market
A local man carving a wooden giraffe at the Swazi Candles Craft Centre
HIs Majesty Mswati III the King of Swaziland making his rounds at the Reed Dance
Thousands of women awaiting to salute the King at the Reed Dance
Women delivering the reeds at the Reed Dance
My guide Michael and I celebrating a fantastic day at the Reed Dance
Hi Majesty King Mswati III posing for the cameras!
Posing with dancers at the Mantenga Culture Center
ViMlilwane Game Reserve
The mountains in Malolotja Nature Reserve
Zip lining in Malolotja Nature Reserve
Seeing how they make glass at the Ngwenya Glass Blowing factory
Some delicious local cuisine
Bushman Rock Art
Water holes in the Gap
A local woman spinning wool at the Piggs Peak Craft Center
Sibebe Rock, the second largest rock in the world!
Downtown Mbabane, the political capital of Swaziland
Scenic view of Ezulwini Valley in Mbabane
Rhinos taking a mud bath in Mkhaya Game Reserve
A mother rhino and her young grazing in Mkhaya Game Reserve
No better image can describe Africa quite like this one. Sunset in Mkhaya Game Reserve was the best way to end our trip in Swaziland.
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Special thanks to Swaziland Tourism.