Swaziland - Africa
When you are in Swaziland, leave the beaten track for the Lebombo escarpment, a cool mountain range 1500 ft above the hot coastal and lowveld plains. There you will a home of old world charm dating to the 1930's.
Set on the crest of the Lebombo, surrounded by magnificent view ...
The Kingdom of Swaziland is a small, landlocked country in Southern
Africa (one of the smallest on the continent), situated on the
eastern slope of the Drakensberg mountains, embedded between South
Africa in the west and Mozambique in the east. The country is
named after the Swazi, a Bantu tribe.
The head of state is the king, which since 1986 has been King
Mswati III. By tradition, the king reigns along with his mother
(the Indlovukazi, lit. Great She-Elephant), the former viewed
as the administrative head of state and the latter as a spiritual
and national head of state
Swaziland offers a wide variety of landscapes, from the mountains
along the Mozambican border to savannas in the east and rainforest
in the northwest. Several rivers flow through the country, such
as the Lusutfu River. With 50,000 inhabitants, the capital city
- Mbabane - is the largest town in the nation; others include
Manzini, Lobamba and Siteki.
The majority of the population consists of Swazi, but there are
also small numbers of Zulu, Europeans and Mozambican refugees.
The official languages are Swazi and English; the latter is also
the official written language.
Human remains and artifacts from more than 100,000 years ago have
been found in Swaziland.
In this small, landlocked economy, subsistence agriculture occupies
more than 80% of the population. The manufacturing sector has
diversified since the mid-1980s. Sugar and wood pulp remain important
foreign exchange earners. Mining has declined in importance in
recent years with only coal and quarry stone mines remaining active.
Swaziland is surrounded by South Africa, except for a short border