Swaziland – eSwatini
At the Mozambican border there lies a little kingdom – eSwatini, and it certainly invites for a visit. The second smallest country of Africa, very rich in culture and history, lies a stone´s throw away from Kruger National Park. Don´t leave this country away, you can find a few treasures here and easily fill your itinerary – if you like activities and meeting locals, that is. You can find festivals all year round, most of these haven´t changed in 200 years, except for sun glasses and a mobile phone perhaps. Traditional colourful sarongs, a happy mood, dancing and music fill the villages and towns. It is such a sight to behold, one of these festivities just on the “other side of South Africa”. One day, look for the Big 5, the next day, go dancing with the locals at the Reed Dance, then go on a hike, see the world from nearly a bird´s eye view. Anybody missing adrenaline? Well, then hang into a zip line or a flying fox! The roads here are lined with colourful markets, with huge avocadoes, vegetables and lots of handmade artefacts and local products. Do you know that video of drunk animals like elephants or monkeys? Well, they ate fermented marula fruits – here in eSwatini it is a big event to harvest marula, they turn it into beer, liquor, oil, skin products, soap and much more.
The Kingdom of Lesotho
In the same heart of South Africa, high up in the Drakensberg, the dragon mountains, more than 1000m above sea level, lies a the smallest African kingdom. Time stands still here and this country has something to offer for the adventurous, in winter even with snow and gloves! Take your skis, you may need them! A normal 2×4 may not the best choice, rather choose a horse´s back and have a closer look at local life. A beautiful mountain scenery surrounds the intrepid traveler and offers a very authentic little country with a tough lifestyle.