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    Nsangwini Rock Art Centre

    A popular site for school tours as well as international tourists, sits high above the Komati River. Here Swazi kings of old would pass by and, traditionally, smoke the herb that used to grow prolifically among the thorn trees and scrub bush, hence the name ‘Nsangwini’. But further back in the mists of time, estimated at being up to 4000 years ago, the small San people used Swaziland’s western highveld granite areas, including Nsangwini, for spiritual rituals and recording iconic moments in their lives through etchings on the ancient rocks.

    The Nsangwini Rock Shelter is the largest example of San art in the country and is said to provide the most comprehensive display in Swaziland.

    Mahamba Gorge Lodge

    Tumbling waterfalls, racing rapids, giant potholes scoured out of watercourse beds, mountains and forests- mighty rivers gouging their routes from South African hinterland through Swaziland and beyond, to the coastline of Mozambique. At Mahamba Gorge Lodge take the opportunity to appreciate how nature’s crafters have created the dramatic landscape that is Swaziland.

    To reach Mahamba Gorge Lodge from Nhlangano, travel west and turn right immediately before the Mahamba border. If you are coming through the Mahamba border from Piet Retief, turn left immediately after the border post. Travel on a good dirt road through rural communities for 2.5 kms to the historic Mahamba Church, then another 3 kms to the lodge.

    Shewula Mountain Camp

    Perched atop the Lubombo Mountains, just 20 minutes from the Lomahasha border post with Mozambique in the far north of the Lubombo Route, is the incomparable Shewula Nature Reserve and Mountain Camp.
    Perfectly situated for visitors traveling between Mozambique and South Africa, Shewula is on one of the most popular tourist routes- yet it remains relatively undiscovered. It offers a tranquil escape for natural lovers. Visitors have the opportunity to stay among Swazi people in hutted accommodation and experience local life and culture.

    Khopho Camp (Ngwempisi Hiking Trails)

    Just one hours drive south of Mbabane through the fertile and beautiful Malkerns Valley to Mankayane. The Ngwempisi River has sliced its way through the sandstone and shale of the Ntfungula Hills to create the Ngwempisi Gorge. Here flatlands and wavy hills range from a mere 50 to 800 metres above sea level. This is an example of the diverse geology prevalent in Swaziland that makes it the strikingly beautiful country it is. Hiking here is always a challenging and satisfying experience.
    The Khopho and Mhlabeni huts, which provide unsurpassed views, are architecturally designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding cliffs and forests.

    The Makhoyane (Chordphones)

    These strung wood bows with inverted calabashes as resonators. The string is tapped with a piece of strong grass, the note being varied by finger taps and the tone changed by either pressing the calabash against the player's breast or holding it clear. The man players of this instrument are women. Both married women and girls play tunes for different purposes. It is either to entertain or to keep focus on the events i.e. singing family songs / songs of victory when husbands were at war. Girls could compete out there when bathing or fetching fire wood. Boys upon hearing the tunes could turn up, and this is a good opportunity for them to propose love.





    Impalampala (Kudu / Lishongololo horn)

    This instrument is a traditional form of communication and to spice music by the regiments (males). Regiments are summoned by a horn trumpet (Impalampala), which could be interpreted as uyezwa na!.... It is blown by a Senior (Indvuna) member of the regiments as a get together signal for regiments to assemble to take the kings instructions. It is also used to sing song when together on royal duties such as weeding and ummemo.




    Sitolotolo (Membronophones / The mouth Organ)


    This instrument is played using the mouth. Words are not really pronounced but you can say / match them as they go with the song.







    Emafahlawane (Rattles)

    Made from cocoons moths, sewn together with seeds inside to give sound. A pair of rattles is tied to both ankles by women in order to create noise and sound whilst dancing during traditional ceremonies.






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