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Swaziland

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  • Day15

    Vi startede dagen med en lækker morgenmadsbuffet på hotellet. Så kørte vi ned i byen og hentede vores vasketøj, som vi fik vasket til billige penge - 70 kr for 7,5 kg. Det var sgu nemt.
    Vi fortsatte turen til Swaziland. Vi skulle igennem en grænsekontrol både for at komme ud af Sydafrika, og for at komme ind i Swaziland, men det var der tilsyneladende ingen problemer i.
    Vi fik os noget af en overraskelse da vi kom ind i Swaziland for de første 18 km var på en dårlig grusvej oppe i bjergene og vi var faktisk i tvivl om vores bil overhovedet kunne klare det. Det gik, men det gjorde tiden også. Vi havde ikke regnet med at skulle bruge så lang tid på kørsel, og kl. 18.30 havde vi en aftale ude ved kysten med et dykkerfirma som vi skulle dykke med næste dag. Det er samme firma som vi skal overnatte hos.
    Swaziland er et meget bjergrigt land, men befolkningen virker meget fattig og noget tilbage i forhold til Sydafrika.
    Vi kørte ind til hovedstaden Mbabane, der var små gader med alt for mange biler og mennesker, og da der ikke var de store seværdigheder og vi ikke kunne finde det marked som vi ville se, fortsatte vi videre.
    Vi stoppede i en lille by, Manzini, for at få en pizza til frokost. Vi følte os lidt utrygge, da der var mange tiggere der henvendte sig til os, og nogle af dem gav sig endda tid til at sidde foran pizzaria' et og vente på at vi var færdige med at spise. Da vi gik tilbage til bilen prøvede de at få en mønt, men vi afslog.
    Vi kom igennem grænsekontrollen tilbage til Sydafrika uden problemer, og så gik turen ud til kysten. Vi blev også her noget overrasket over de dårlige veje og vi kørte over 50 km på grusvej, så vi nåede ikke vores dykkeraftale, da vi først ankom 19.30. Konsekvensen var at vi måtte finde dykkerudstyr frem næste morgen. Selvom vi følte at vi var langt ude på landet og skulle igennem to gater med vagter var der rimeligt mange mennesker herude. Det skulke også være et af de bedste dykkersteder i verden.
    Det var en lang køre-dag, og udover de dårlige veje, skulle vi også hele tiden være på vagt overfor køer, geder, høns og andre dyr der opholdte sig på og langs vejene.
    Efter ankomst og en fyraftensøl fandt vi vores lille hytte og krøb til køjs.
    Dagen får 3 ud af 5 stjerner.
    Road trip: 486 km i dag - Total 1.597 km.
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  • Day7

    Nach einem kleinen Umweg aufgrund einer Fehlinformation des Navis sind wir gut im Nationalpatk Mlilwane angekommen, in dem wir uns während unserer Zeit in Swasiland aufhalten. Der Weg dort hin war sehr abenteuerlich, da einige Schlaglöcher vorhanden sind.
    Dieser Park unterscheidet sich deutlich vom Krüger Nationalpark, da es hier keine wilden Tiere - mit Ausnahme von Krokodilen - gibt, sodass man den Park zu Fuß und mit dem Fahrrad erkunden kann.
    Direkt bei unserer Ankunft wurden wir von Zebras, Impalas, Blässböcken, Gnus und Warzenschweinen begrüßt. Diese sind nicht so scheu und bleiben auch öfter einfach auf der Straße stehen, wenn ein Auto kommt.
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  • Day8

    In Swasiland übernachten wir direkt im Mlilwane Nationalpark in einem "Hut". Dies ist ein Rondavel, leider aber ohne eigenes Badezimmer, sodass wir das offene Gemeinschaftsbad benutzen müssen, in dem man das ein oder andere Tier antrifft. Wir wurden dort schon von Kröten, Spinnen und Grashüpfern begrüßt.
    Nach einer kurzen Verschnaufpause sind Julian und Kristina noch losgezogen, um den Nationalpark auf eigene Faust mit Fahrrädern zu erkunden, bevor wir am Abendessen des Backpackers teilgenommen haben.Read more

  • Day8

    Heute Morgen haben wir eine geführte Mountenbike-Tour durch den Nationalpark gemacht. Dabei konnten wir von unserem Guide, Valentine, noch einiges über die im Park lebenden Tiere erfahren.
    Der Baum auf den beigefügten Bildern ist ein sogenannter "Sausage-Tree". Den Namen hat der Baum aufgrund der Form seiner Früchte bekommen.

  • Day7

    It was another early morning today as we had to be up at 5:00 am to get to the airport to fly to Durban. The check in process went smoothly and after we went through security the first thing we saw was Iron Maiden's 747 "Book of Souls Tour" plane parked on the tarmac. Apparently they are playing two dates in Cape Town over the next week.

    I must add that security when flying domestic in South Africa is very different than what we are used to. There is no liquid limits nor do you have to take your shoes off. The no liquid limit was great as I was able to bring two bottles of wine with me in my carry on bag!

    The flight was a short two hours, which was much nicer than the two ten hour flights to get here! Once we arrived in Durban we boarded the coach and headed for the Hluhluwe Imfolozi area. We drove directly to the St . Lucia estuary where we boarded a flat bottomed boat for a river game cruise. This was our first chance at animal viewing since we landed in South Africa.

    It was about 3:00 pm when we boarded the river boat and we travelled up river in search of hippos and crocodiles. We did not have to go far before we spotted our first hippo. Hippos are nocturnal animals and as it was late afternoon they were just starting to get a bit active. We were able to view several dozen hippos along the river including two young males posturing for attention and several baby hippos playing near the shoreline. We were also able to hear several of the hippos making their distinctive laughing sounds, which always brings a smile to my face. We only saw two crocodiles and even then neither were very clearly visible.

    There are many fires burning in the area as the farmers are burning the remnants after clear cutting areas of eucalyptus trees. They burn the remaining stumps before planting new trees to clear the soil of possible diseases and to ready it for the next planting. Eucalyptus is used for building beams and making paper and their other forestry species is pine which is used for furniture building. This area has thousands of acres of forestry and is very scenic. An offshoot of the burning is that there is a lot of smoke in the sky's which gave way to some stunning backdrops over the river and a spectacular sunset where the sun was burning red.

    We finished the river safari and made our way to the hotel for the evening in the Imfolozi valley. The hotel was pretty much in the middle of nowhere so we had dinner in the dining room and then retired early as we have another early start tomorrow.
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  • Day8

    It was another 5:00 am morning this morning so that we could get to the game reserve early for our first game drive of the trip. The game reserve was about 50 minutes from our hotel and after a short delay waiting for some folks to find their passports we were off.

    On arrival at the game reserve we separated into groups of 9 or so and took our places in the open aired vehicles. I was fortunate enough to get the passenger seat next to the ranger/driver while Claude was a row back on the other side and about a foot higher than my seat. Thus gave us excellent views although I think everyone had very good views. Our driver Jerome, was hilarious and he quickly named me his spotting assistant.

    The very first animal we spotted was a lone female lion, although there were likely others nearby. Next were a herd of elephants drinking and eating vegetation at a watering hole. After that we came upon three young Cape buffalo butting heads and horns on the roadway and then more elephants and more elephants. After tiring of seeing so many elephants we went in search of more lions but we only found a young male that was gaunt and unhealthy looking. He had likely been injured and thus had difficulty catching any prey. We carried on looking for white rhinos and after a bit of time and driving spotted some in the distance and then traveled on a little further to find some a bit closer. And closer we did! We rounded a corner to find two rhinos standing in the middle of the road right in front of us! We stopped the vehicle and turned off the engine and watched as they stared at us and sauntered closer. Before they finally turned off into the brush they had gotten within about twelve feet of the front of the vehicle! We left the rhinos and then drive to the top of a pretty high hill to get a view of the surrounding terrain. The vistas were beautiful and we were able to get out and stretch our legs. After the brief break we continued down the other side of the hill where I spotted a giraffe off in the distance. We drove to get a better vantage point and found a family of four to six giraffes including a baby giraffe.

    By now the time for our Safari has come to and end so we headed back to the entrance to meet up with the others and to share our stories of sightings. We also came back to some bad news and that was that our good friends and travelling companions, David and Priscilla, were leaving the tour to get medical help for David. He had been feeling under the weather since the beginning of the tour and unfortunately instead of getting better, he was getting worse. He did not go on the safari and instead saw a doctor and it was recommended that he be admitted to the local hospital for rest and attention. We are so sad to say goodbye but we know it was the right decision and our hope is that they will be able to rejoin us in a few days time.

    After giving our love and best wishes to David and Priscilla we reboarded the coach to make our way into Swaziland. Crossing the border required us to leave the coach and get an exit stamp on the South African side, walk across the border and then get an entry stamp on the Swaziland side. We then got back on the coach and stayed our journey into Africa's smallest country.
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  • Day38

    Heute Morgen unternahmen wir die letzten Pirschfahrten im Krüger und machten eine seltsame Entdeckung: Nashörner sind doch tatsächlich Rudeltiere =) Innerhalb weniger Minuten sahen wir nicht weniger als 14 Nashörner. Eigentlich unglaublich, wenn man es nicht selbst gesehen hat.

    Gegen Mittag überquerten wir die Grenze nach Swasiland. Das Land zeigt sich bisher sehr grün, hügelig, ländlich und wirklich sehr schön. Am Abend gab es ein richtig heftiges und langes Gewitter mit Blitz und Donner, inkl. Stromausfall. Und...endlich Regen!!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Kingdom of Swaziland, Swasiland, Swaziland, ስዋዚላንድ, Swazilandia, سوازيلند, Svazilənd, Свазіленд, Свазиленд, Swazilandi, সোয়াজিল্যান্ড, Svazilend, Swazilàndia, Swazijsko, Gwlad Swasi, Swaziland nutome, Ζουαζηλάνδη, Svazilando, Suazilandia, Svaasimaa, سوازیلاند, Swaasilannda, Swazimaa, Svasiland, Souazilande, An tSuasalainn, Dùthaich nan Suasaidh, Suacilandia, સ્વાઝિલેન્ડ, Suwazilan, סווזילנד, स्वाज़ीलैंड, Svaziland, Szváziföld, Սվազիլենդ, Suasilandia, Swazilando, Svasíland, スワジランド王国, სვაზილენდი, Uswazi, សូហ្ស៉ីឡង់, ಸ್ವಾಜಿಲ್ಯಾಂಡ್, 스와질란드, Pow Swati, Swazia, Swazirandi, ສະວາຊິແລນ, Svazilandas, Svazilenda, Soazilandy, സ്വാസിലാന്‍റ്, स्वाझिलँड, Sważiland, स्वाजिल्याण्ड, Swazilande, ସ୍ବାଜିଲାଣ୍ଡ, Suazi, Suazilândia, Swasilandya, Suwazilandi, स्वाजीलैंड, Svazieana, Swäzïlânde, Svazijsko, Svazi, Iswaasilaand, Suazilendi, Umbuso weSwatini, ஸ்வாஸிலாண்ட், స్వాజీలేండ్, ประเทศสวาซิแลนด์, ሱዋዚላንድ, Suwasilandya, Suasileni, سۋازىلېند, سوازی لینڈ, Xoa-di-len, Svasiyän, Orílẹ́ède Saṣiland, 斯威士兰, i-Swaziland