Artefacts from 200,000 years ago have been found, rock paintings from 25,000 BC. The Swazi people like to sing, they like to dance. They find occasions to do both as often as possible and sometimes they last hours. Bring plasters and throat lozenges if you want to join in.
A short drive from the capital Mbabane and 20km from Ezulwini Valley. Period furniture, log fires, a bar reminiscent of an English pub, there is a real ye olde vibe here. Home made muesli for breakfast, home grown salads for lunch, there’s even a daily seven-course candlelit tasting menu. Foresters Arms is a good gateway to the pending riches of rural Swaziland.
34 rooms with balconies, ceiling fans and satellite TV. En-suites offer a bath or shower with locally produced toiletries which is a nice touch. It’s all on one floor, and WiFi is available, although it can be temperamental.
You can stay in and be awfully civilised, playing boules or croquet on the lawn, giant outdoor chess or table tennis. Go bird watching, have a picnic.
If you need to stretch your legs you could climb the world’s second largest rock, Sibebe (rats to you Uluru, you always have to be bigger).
Golf? Try the adjoining Usutu course.
Children can horse ride with dedicated grooms on hand to guide them.
Seasonal fishing, game drives and cycling.
If you’re in the mood for culture you can visit a traditional Swazi homestead or school and the Swazi Cultural Village.
If you want to go all adrenaline junkie, go white water rafting.
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