King Mswati III was crowned in 1986 at the age of 18, succeeding his long-serving father King Sobhuza II, who died at the age of 82. The king rules by decree and has been criticised for the heavy-handed treatment of opponents and for requesting public money to pay for new palaces and luxury cars. Eswatini, located in southern Africa is one of the absolute monarchies in the world. With a population of about one million, the country has recorded 6,768 coronavirus infections and 127 deaths linked to the pandemic. Togo…Read More
The Adventure Travel Show and the Destinations holiday and travel show, both in London, are the UK’s top two travel exhibitions dedicated to giving visitors the chance to discover brilliant new parts of the world! 2020 will be no exception as hundreds of destinations come together offering fantastic new ideas as well as expert advice – you should feel inspired in no time! It is also the perfect place to discover more about Eswatini, selected by Lonely Planet as a ‘Top Country to Visit’ in their Best in Travel 2020…Read More
It has been 30 years since the Prettejohn family came to Swaziland to resusitate the then defunct Ngwenya Glass Factory. Today Ngwenya Gass is still run by the Prettejohn family, employs over 70 people and supplies customers with its creations worldwide. For Ngwenya Glass ‘green’ is a way of life. Environmental considerations are integral to its production values. All products are made from 100% recycled glass, old engine and KFC oil is purchased, purified and used to fuel the furnace, effectively disposing of used oil. Old newspaper is used for…Read More
Sublime handicrafts, stunning landscapes of mountains and valleys, forests and plains; plus wildlife reserves across the country, that are home to The Big Five – plenty to keep busy for 48 hours! As one of the few remaining Monarchies in Africa, culture and heritage are deeply engrained in all aspects of Swazi life, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all who visit.Read More
Swaziland is well known for its stunning landscapes and exciting game but also for its festivals. MTN Bushfire, Swaziland’s internationally acclaimed music and arts festival invites you to Bring Your Fire and experience three unforgettable days celebrating music, arts and performance whilst promoting social responsibility. Named Africa’s Top Festival by the BBC and by CNN as one of the 7 African must-attend festivals, MTN Bushfire is thrilled to announce a range of incredibly talented and loved artists from across African and the world – all of whom will perform on…Read More
The festival this year will start on August 26th, with the main day of the event (day 7) to happen on September1st. This is when the main ceremony occurs, with the dancing attended by the King. This will be a public holiday in Swaziland.
This ceremony is a centuries old tradition where the Kingdom¹s unmarried and childless females present their newly cut reed to the Queen Mother to protect her residence. The King sometimes makes use of the occasion to publicly court a prospective fiancée or Liphovela.Read More
Johannesburg: The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) expresses its deepest concern at reports from Swaziland that Vincent Ncongwane, the secretary general of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA), was prevented from speaking at a gathering in Matsapha yesterday.Read More
2014 marks 50 years from the day a young Ted Reilly took it upon himself to turn his back garden into what is now one of Africa’s most accessible wildlife reserves.
On the 12th July 1964, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary opened to the public. This day marked the beginning of formal conservation in the Kingdom of Swaziland. At the time Swaziland was still a British Protectorate (Independence came in 1968).Read More
Big Game Parks has just been advised that both Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary AND Mkhaya Game Reserve are Regional Finalists in the prestigious AA Quality Assured Accommodation Awards. Regional Winners will be announced at the end of July. ‘Like’ BigGame Parks¹ Facebook Page or Visit their Blog to stay tuned!Read More