Swaziland

Swaziland

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  • Day3

    Kleines Land in Afrika. Sehr sauber, sehr sicher und die Landschaft ist toll.

    Am Stausee im Norden nächtigen wir heute.

    Mit der Telekommunikation ist das hier so ne Sache dito Internet 😉

    Geführte Touren mit dem Krad von Südafrika aus kann man hier sehen wobei würde ich mit dem Krad unterwegs sein wollen wäre das unbegleitete.

    Man merkt das es hier Frühling wird, die Wolken werden dichter und es wird wärmer. Nachts > 15 C tagsüber > 30 C.

    Heute geht es wieder nach RSA 🇿🇦.
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  • 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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  • Day6

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    Today was our earliest start yet. Breakfast SERVED at 5.15am in anticipation for a 6am departure from Lower Sabi, for our last early game drive of Kruger. Again, it was a relatively uneventful morning, with few extraordinary sightings. A few cool things to mention included a dwarf mongoose, some tree squirrels and a frisky Honey Badger.

    Before we knew it, we had left Kruger and were heading towards the landlocked Kingdom of Swaziland. The border crossing was extremely quick and painless. Once the formalities were done, we walked across nomans land and entered Swaziland, the only non-democratic nation remaining in Southern Africa, ruled by a king; Mswati the 3rd. The population here is around about a million people and its currency is called the Illangeni (on par with the South African Rand). Swaziland has the highest AIDS rate in the world at over 25% of adults. It also has the lowest average life expectancy, being 35.

    Our destination for the day was the Malalotja Nature Reserve, a game park with cottage accomodation in unspoiled mountain wilderness. We checked in and embarked on a 10 kilometre sunset walk through the mountains, treated to some spectacular scenery and spotting Bresbok antelope and occasional hyena tracks along the way.

    Thankfully, there were no leopard or hyena attacks, and we arrived back at camp in time for delicious roast chicken and vegetables for dinner. We were befriended and essentially stalked by the camp resident domestic cat, TC, who followed us everywhere, spending all his time camped on our cottage doorstep. What a beautiful place Swaziland was!
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  • Day28

    Nach den tollen Erlebnissen ging es weiter in die letzte vollständige Monarchie in Afrika, nach Swaziland. Dort in einem der Nationalparks habe ich gezeltet und wurde dabei mehr als einmal von einem großen Kudu, Warzenschwein oder Impala überrascht wenn ich mal Richtung Küche oder Dusche über den Platz gegangen bin. Denn hier laufen alle Tiere frei herum. Angeblich soll es auch Leoparden hier geben, diese habe ich allerdings leider nicht zu Gesicht bekommen.
    Dafür konnte ich jedoch den lokalen Chief eines Dorfes besuchen. Diese Dame ist Teil der königlichen Familie und kümmert sich in ihrem Dorf um Waisenkinder und finanziert sich zum großen Teil auch über Spenden und Besuche von Touristen. Dort wurde dann ausgiebig gesungen und getanzt. Auch ich musste mal ran. Auch Maismehl musste gemahlen werden und natürlich mit den Kindern gespielt werden! Ansosnten war ich dort viel in den Bergen wandern, dabei habe ich auch gleich noch ein Krokodil am Fluss entdeckt. Zum Glück bevor ich ihm zu nah gekommen bin :-)
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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

  • Day15

    Vi startede dagen med en lækker morgenmadsbuffet på hotellet. Så kørte vi ned i byen og hentede vores vasketøj, som vi fik vasket for 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 heldigvis heller 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 vi havde lavet en aftale med et dykkerfirma ude ved kysten kl. 18.30. Et dykkerfirma som vi skulle dykke med næste dag, og som vi også skulle overnatte hos.
    Vi startede med at køre ind til hovedstaden, Mbabane i Swaziland. 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 pizzeriaet 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. Swaziland virker mindre civiliseret og mere fattig end Sydafrika.
    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 i stedet for om aftenen.
    Det var en lang køredag, 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.
    Selvom vi følte, at vi var langt ude på landet og skulle igennem to kontrolposter med vagter for at komme ind til dykkercenteret, var der rimeligt mange mennesker derude. Det skulle også være et af de bedste dykkersteder i verden.
    Efter ankomst og en fyraftensøl fandt vi vores lille hytte og krøb til køjs.
    Dagen får 3 små stjerner.
    Road trip: 486 km på dagen - 1.597 km i alt.
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  • Day54

    Bin in Swaziland. Einem unabhängigen Land umringt von Südafrika. Hier gibt es eine absolute Monarchie und Polygamie. Der König hat 15 Frauen! Übernachten in einem tollen Camp, Warzenschweine und Antilopen laufen frei herum. Haben heute morgen ein typisches Dorf in der Nähe besucht. Bilder siehe unten. War heute morgen ausreiten und haben Nilpferde, Zebras, Antilopen, Wilderbeast und Krokodile gesehen. Heute Mittag ging der Rest meiner Gruppe wandern. Ich genieße lieber die Aussicht von Restaurant und lass mir meinen Cappuccino und Apfelstrudel schmecken! Morgen geht es weiter nach Mosambik.

    Habe nur ganz selten Internet. Deswegen gibt es heute mehrere Einträge auf einmal.
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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

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