Get to Visit a local community way into the village, but be prepared to spend the whole day in the village learning about the Swazi culture. Included is the Following
School Visit – if not on holidays
Short Village Hikes
Pick up from you Hotel or guest house at 7 am.
head down to Manzini market to have some traditional breakfast- but if your hotel offers bed and breakfast then you can have breakfast but leave some little room to sample the Swazi dish called Incwancwa at the market.
while we are sitting down at the Market we will use the same time to learn the local language (siSwati) which very similar to Zulu language. This will help you to get around the market and you will not be like typical tourist.
After the breakfast you can walk around the Market shopping for 1 hour. This market is very cheap lots of items are easy to carry. Its not only for tourist but there is also lots of local people who are coming to buy in bulks to sell in South Africa. This market is very lively every Wednesdays and Thursdays of every month.
we then head out of town direction of the village- south west to kaPhunga village which is 55 km away from Manzini. This a 1 hour trip since part of the road gravel but drivable even with a smaller car.
Arrive in the – stretch your legs and then go sit down in the granny’s hut to have a discussion about the Swazi culture and the tradition. This is where you will have a good understanding of the Swazi people, and all you questions will be answered. its always advisable to have a an open mind when it comes discussions of different cultures- since we believe that there is not right and wrong.
Lunch- Our lunch at this time will be Swazi meal with beans and mealies pap and BBQ but if you are not taking meat you should advise us in time, but usually there is enough even for the vegetarians.
At this time its possible to go visit the local school which is nearby but this cannot be guaranteed since there might be not enough time- however will always make arrangement s to visit depending on how they are busy.
This moment is the moment to test your language skills when we go to say hello to the family next to our home. All our guest are encouraged to ask question via the guide bear in mind that the local people speak little or no English at all, but they are always happy to try.
You can stay as long as you like with the family and hang out with the kids since they speak English.
After this you will go for a nice gently hike over the hills and discover the village and possible meet other villagers but this will help you understand the village better via the explanation of the guide.
This hike will be very short 1 hour both ways and then head back home to hang out for a short time and then head back to Manzini to be in time for 6 pm the latest.
But these who are not in a rush they can stay for dinner in the evening which will be a full Swazi dinner around the Bonfire. And then after dinner we can head down to Manzini where our guest stays.( if you want to stay longer and wait for the dinner you should let us know in Advance since an extra cost applies)
31 days cancellation before arrival 100% refund
30 days cancellation before arrival 75% refund
15 days cancellation before arrival 50% refund
3 days- 24 hrs cancellation before arrival 0% refund
NO refund for bad weather
Children below the age of 6years are free, above 6 years are half the price above 12 years are full price
We really encourage our guest to stick to the following
• to ask when taking photos of people
• to always be able to say “no” since we don’t advise our guests to be giving things with out carefully thinking
• Ladies to wear skirts(long below knee length)
• not to give chocolate
• To try speaking the local language to Swazi people this makes your stay much more fun.
• If you want to help any child or any one let us know we will help you
All our ladies guest should bring long skirts to wear while they are in the village, this is for respect purposes.
Men should also be aware of the reserved nature of the local people and should wear shirts at all times
Myxo mdluli is the mastermind behind the creation of this amazing experience, he is now 48 years old and still going strong in his passion to meet travellers from all over the world, he is a well-travelled person himself if you compare him to his fellow local people.
Myxo’s love of travelling makes it much easier to communicate well with him, he is very easy going and very friendly person if you really need your visit to this country to be amazing start do insist that you want to at least meet him for a short time before he goes off to do other chores, but you may be lucky that he will have time and spend it with you during your entire stay. He is speaks a few languages, this makes him understand other cultures… you will truly enjoy meeting him.
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