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Swaziland Shopping and Cultural Show

15 November 2012

overcast 70 °F

Nick Dubois picked us up at 0630 and by 0730 we were crossing in to Swaziland. BY 0800 we were at the first shopping place and having the best grilled egg, ham and cheese sandwich since we arrived.
Next stop was at the glass factory and we couldn’t resist glasses with all the big five on – especially now that we have seen them all.
kick dance

kick dance

guys with drums

guys with drums

witch doctor

witch doctor

warrior

warrior

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We were a bit rushed at this stop in order to get to the Swazi cultural show. It is no longer at the border like the first one Curt and I saw.
The Swazi performers did about 7 songs and made people come down and dance with them. I sat in the very back row for the sole purpose of avoiding this embarrassment however I could not escape. Before I knew it the lady was handing me her duct tape machete and counting out steps for me.
medical hut

medical hut

lady making fence with executioners rock in background

lady making fence with executioners rock in background

Dad and Curt at village

Dad and Curt at village

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They showed us all around the village which had a girls hut close to the entrance where girls move at the age of 6 years. The boys had an area near the cattle section where they could cook and tell stories. The women had another area where one was working on fencing.
We got to go inside one and it was surprisingly very cool. One area they didn’t show us was the shower facilities!
After the show we moved on to lunch and more shopping at the swazi candle shop. Curt had bunny chow for lunch which the guide explained came from the Indian people that immigrated to the area. The plate had thick bread with the center cut out. In the center was a curry mix of chicken.
One more shopping stop which didn’t net us much and we were on the fast and furious ride home. We nearly hit a woman and a bull (two separate occasions) but did make it home just after dark to feed the bush babies.

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Swaziland Shopping Spree

12 June 2011

sunny 67 °F

Who would think Swaziland would be a place to go shopping but it is!! A guy in the park who has another lodge, Nick, does tours to Mozambique and Swaziland etc. Genie booked us on the Swaziland tour and no other paying guests went but he did take his family.
The border of Swaziland is one and a half hours and then we drove about another hour or so to the shops. We made a few stops along the way.
swazi landscape

swazi landscape


One was of this panoramic view and had a few shops but we were too scared to buy early.
Ngwenya glass zebras

Ngwenya glass zebras


The next stop was the Ngwenya glass factory which is apparently famous here. It is all made from recycled material and handmade. We got a few things with elephant in the glass design. There were also other shops there with crafts and wooden products. We got some place settings and book ends similar to this rocking horse.
swazi rocking horse

swazi rocking horse


This horse was so gorgeous and cost almost $1,000.
Swazi candle factory

Swazi candle factory


Another more uneventful stop and then we were at the Swazi candle factory. Of course I went crazy there too.
swazi market

swazi market


They also have a market there and we had a small lunch at the restaurant.
maguga dam

maguga dam


view into Maguga Dam

view into Maguga Dam


We drove back past Maguga Dam and the entire drive had beautiful views of the country. This trip is pretty much for shopping though – Mom – you definitely need to do it when you come.

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Driving thru Swaziland

6 Oct 09

overcast 65 °F

We were up early this morning to drive to Sodwana Bay and it was a good thing because otherwise I would have missed the Kudu females that came by for a snack.
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Genie gave me an apple I got to feed them by hand.
To get to our scuba diving site we had to drive pretty much the length of Swaziland. The border crossings were some of the most confusing and slow I have ever experienced but then again the slow pace is one of the reasons we love Africa so much.
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There is really no great announcement welcoming you to Swaziland other than this sign. The country is extremely clean and forces people to drive very slowly but not otherwise that much different that South Africa.
After several hours we arrived in Sodwana and stopped at a grocery store for some braai materials. Lets just say we were different than everyone else in the store. Our digs for the next 3 nights was with Sea Escapes and their lodging. It was a bit rustic but had a bed, shower and braai area which works for us.
We met our dive guide, got equipment and spent the night listening to him work on his boat. Whe were wondering if we were actually going to be diving the next day.

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