Begin your day with an early morning hotel pick-up. Have breakfast at your hotel, or enjoy a traditional breakfast in Manzini market. Either way, be sure to save room for the Swazi dish, Incwancwa. While relaxing at the market, learn some of the local language, siSwati, similar to Zulu. Try out your new skills while navigating the market.
After breakfast, take an hour to go shopping. The market offers plenty of inexpensive items that wonâ€™t weigh down your travels. Tourists come for the souvenirs, while locals flock here for bulk items, which they can sell in South Africa. You will find it especially lively on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Head out of town toward kaPhunga village, a one-hour drive from Manzini along a gravel road. Bring an inquisitive, open mind, and take a seat in a Grannyâ€™s hut to chat about Swazi culture and tradition. Enjoy a lunch of Swazi beans, mealies pap, and barbecue, or let us know ahead of time if youâ€™d like a vegetarian alternative.
If there is time after lunch, you can visit the nearby local school. Try out your language skills with one of the neighboring local families. We encourage all guests to ask questions through your guide. Bear in mind that most local adults speak little or no English, but are happy to try communicating with you. Children tend to speak more English. After your conversation, head out on a gentle guided hike through the hills, where you can meet other villagers and see the village from a new vantage point.
Malolotja Nature Reserve on the first day. Here is where you will spend the night, but first you will check in around 11 am and then we go for a nice hiking for about 4 hours, this park is an amazing place to unwind and enjoy the fresh air of the mountains.
Accommodations is in Log Cabins Very stylish and comfortable sleeps around 4 people or more.
Meals- BBQ and Maize Pap and Salads
We leave the park right after breakfast to go on our road trip along the Ngwenya border crossing where we will find the Ngwenya glass- this is a recycling company using glass collected by the community these guys are highly skilled in Glass blowing it would be great to see the artists at work. After the watching the glass blowing you can meander around the gift shops and choose gift for people at home.
Drive down towards the capital city and walk around the city, this is a small place but very pleasant, we will find a place to have coffee before going to visit the local market around or we can just walk around the city to have a good feel of it.
We find a local joint and find some Swazi food
Hotel- 3-4 Star very high standards accommodations
You will be picked up in the morning from your hotel driven along the Valley to go and visit the following attractions: Historical Museum, Swazi Candles and Manzini Market. The historical museum where they also show case about the late king Sobhuza II all his good deeds. Swazi Candles is where the hand made candles are, you will have a look around and see how its made and also visit the stalls and shops in the within the complex. Manzini market is a nice fun market its very small and very laid back. After spending some time in the market we will head off to the village which is about 1hr 20 min easy drive climbing up the windy roads. When we get home we will have some light lunch and sit down in the hut and have a discussion about the Swaziland culture also looking at non Swazi culture.
Having lunch in the Manzini market- Simple chicken and rice stew we eat what the locals eat.
Dinner in the evening
Maize Pap, beans, vegetables, chicken BBQ
The Last day will be only Just the Day tour in the Hlane National reserve.
Game Drive at 11 am for 2 hours and also Walking Safari for 1:30 hr
Have a lunch after the Game Drive- Salads, Meat, Maize pap fruits and water
Get picked up from your place of stay in and around Manzini and Mbabane but further places a pick up fee may apply. Drive to Manzini where we will make our first stop at the Manzini market where you can make some small shopping for gifts. We will have here a one hour stop and there after we heading down directly to Hlane National Park towards the east and have a safari drive. After this drive we will come back to our Lunch which is a BBQ (beef and sausages) and some salads. Vegetarian meals are available on request in advance.
The Rhino Drive at Hlane has been developed with the sole intention of seeing as many White Rhino as possible â€“ now traversing the big game area of Hlane. The bonus of this activity is of focusing on the Rhinos and safety permitting, Hlaneâ€™s expert guides will allow visitors to disembark from the vehicle and quietly walk up to the Rhinos while remaining in the vicinity of the vehicle. Offering excellent value, this unique, intimate encounter provides valuable insights into Rhino behaviour while also ensuring their continued safety in a protected environment. Spend time observing these gentle and endangered giants in their natural habitat on a two and a half hour Land Rover drive through Hlaneâ€™s lowveld wilderness. Local Swazi guides will share their wealth of bush and rhino knowledge with you including the identification in English and Swati of animals, trees, medicinal plants, grasses, insects and birds in addition to basic tracking skills.
(*) All prices are approximations due to currency fluctuations.