I keep asking why we allowed this country to exist. Should we have not annexed it, together with Lesotho and Botswana? But apparently, these countries were under the British mandate after the Anglo-Boer war. And Swaziland now wants THEIR land back- huh, chance of that ever happening!
It’s is easy to see how they were able to maintain independence- as you approach the border you see the rolling hills and then towering mountains. Probably wasn’t very easy for those buffalo led Boer regiments to get into these areas- explains Lesotho as well.
And the border is the most relaxed you will ever find. How many people would be trying to get into Swaziland illegally! Apparently Pakistani nationals- the border police grills my travel companion in Afrikaans, having mistaken his Hajj visas for some Indian stamps. He replies in near flawless Afrikaans and goes on to grill him a bit in Afrikaans- its clear who speaks the language fluently!
A permit for the braai meat we bought? Why would we have that! ‘Thanks. You will let us through this time.’ The polite and courteous manner of Swazis is immediately noticeable. A few more stamps in my well stamped passport and our weekend of adventure begins!
A weekend of hiking, waterfalls, scenic drives and lotsa good food it turned out to be. White water rafting would have been a splendid bonus to the experience, but a whole day is needed, so that postponed till our next trip.
A visit to the school I heard about my whole life- the view my Mum had and the hill she used to climb. Where the kids of Mandela and the other comrades also schooled. The canteen that served all types of food and the windows they climbed through when misbehaving! The field on which they played sport and the pool she learned to swim so she could teach us all these years later. Took some pictures- lets see if she recognizes much now, almost 30 years later!
For a weekend in another country, it was a great experience. Will definitely make the journey again sometime soon- even if it’s just for the white water rafting in croc invested waters that is so raved about!
Had the opportunity to share the Palestine Jumah with those in Tshwane- at Tuks!
Worked there last week and surprisingly was able to leave quite early and avoid the traffic:)
Also attended a talk by Former State President Mr FW de Klerk about The State of Governance in Africa- I must say, I never gave him much credit before, but after hearing him speak, he is quite a sensible oke. Probably how he was involved in plans to end Apartheid and bring about peaceful transition- a Nobel for his efforts as well!
My celeb for the week:)