Friday, 10 January 2014

Toad Rip.... from Clarens to Swaziland pt I.... (most photos shot from a moving car)

Swaziland, officially the Kingdom of Swaziland (/swɑːzɨlænd/ or /swɑːzɨlənd/SwaziUmbuso weSwatini), and sometimes called kaNgwane or Eswatini, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, bordered to the north, south and west by South Africa, and to the east by Mozambique. The state, as well as its people, are named after the 19th-century king Mswati II.[5]
Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in Africa. It is no more than 200 kilometres (120 mi) north to south and 130 kilometres (81 mi) east to west. Regardless, the country has a very diverse topography with varying climate with a cool and mountainous highveld and a hot and dry lowveld. The population is primarily ethnic Swazis whose language is siSwati. They established their kingdom in the mid 18th century under the leadership of Ngwane III with the present boundary of Swaziland being drawn up in 1881.[6] After the Anglo-Boer War, Swaziland was a British protectorate from 1903 until 1967, gaining independence on 6 September 1968.[7]
The country is a monarchy, currently ruled by King and Ngwenyama Mswati III. The king is head of state, he appoints the prime minister and a number of representatives of both chambers of parliament. Elections are held every five years to determine the majority of the house of assembly. The current constitution was adopted in 2005. Swaziland is a member of the Southern African Development Community, the African Union, and the Commonwealth of Nations.


We finally arrived at Malandelas, a five hour car drive from Clarens... our heaven for the next three nights. We arrived late afternoon and just in time for the sunset which blazed across the sky. 

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