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Africa Travel: Swaziland

SwazilandBeyond going to Africa to experience the big game, more than anything I would just love to be a fly on the wall and people-watch. For me Africa is all about culture an diverse tribes and peoples from country to country. Every year a major ceremony called Umhlanga or the Reed Dance takes place during a week at the end of August or early September. Women of marriageable age gather at the Queen Mother's residence to set out in parties to gather reeds. After a few nights pass they will return with the reeds to prepare elaborate costumes like the ones seen here for dancing. To our advantage one needn't be a fly on the wall to have the opportunity to view or photographer the festivities. So long as you register at the Tourist Office one can experience this unique glimpse of Swaziland.

Swaziland is one of Africa's smallest countries located in Southern Africa, between Mozambique and South Africa and of of the last three with a remaining monarch. For additional info on Swaziland and their traditional ceremonies visit their tourism site here.

Filed under: Arts and Culture, Festivals and Events, Africa, Swaziland

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