Monday, April 15, 2013

a country within a country

The Kingdom of Swaziland is a 3.5 hour drive from Johannesburg. Not long ago, though, the borders of the landlocked country were a lot closer to Johannesburg and extended all the way to the Indian Ocean. The battle to reclaim the land continues to this day.

But the most beautiful section of the land remained within Swazi rule with a mixture of mountains, savannas and rainforest.

As we neared closer to the border a cow stood firm in the middle of the road.

"You can tell we're nearly there," a girl seated behind me stated, "we just reached a Swazi stop light."

The country is ruled by a king. A king who currently has 14 wives, which is nothing compared to his father who had more than 125. To be king, one must be the youngest, only son (child) of one of his royal father's many wives.  The other children leave to lead their own lives.

Two days isn't enough to do more than get a taste of what the country has to offer, but it was definitely worth the detour.

dying fibers for weaving  
craft market

male Swazi dancers
traditional beehive houses

1 comment:

Patti said...

How interesting that it is the youngest son rather than the eldest. The colors of the dyed fibers were very interesting. It got me wondering what they created from them.