My Bolt padlock is extremely convenient becuase it uses the Jeep ignition key. From $27.13 on Amazon
Carrying a library of books is impractical, so I have a Kindle e-reader. From $click on Amazon

Mantenga Cultural Village

51mps54x6OL. SX384 BO1,204,203,200
Coffe Table Photography book out now!

999 Days Around Africa: The Road Chose Me

We Roam Swaziland, stopping in small towns and exploring the remote corners. Eventually we find out way to the Mantenga Cultural Village, and camp nearby. In the morning we see a spectacular display of traditional dancing, then are toured around a traditional Swazi house compound.

jeep swazi 720x480

In Swaziland

All the houses are made of tightly woven straw, and the family structure and relationships are carefully divided up into the many huts that form the family compound. Because traditionally a man can have many wives, the details on which wife lives where within the compound is very important. There are separate huts for young boys and girls, and a separate hut for the man’s mother.

mantenga dancing 720x480

Mantenga dancing display

mantenga drums 320x480

The guys on the drums are impressive

It’s a fascinating tour and window into the world of traditional Swaziland, and our guide says roughly 20% of people in Swazi still live this way. In fact, he himself grew up in a straw hut almost identical, before going to university to study Tourism Management.

My mind races at the thought of the development he has seen in his life – from a straw hut to university. He now has a big-screen touch phone, and when we mention things about Canada he just says “Yep, I’ve seen that on TV”.

mantenga dancing 2 320x480

mantenga hut 720x480

A traditional hut

Swazi is a fascinating place, and everyone we meet is outrageously friendly.

jeep wildcamp swazi 720x480

Wild camping for the last night in Swazi

We are loving our time here, though the beach is calling. After many months inland, we’re both really looking forward to some quality beach time in paradise. I think the next country will provide just that.


Recommended books for Overlanding

419ZjSjogHL. SL160
Drive Nacho Drive: A Journey From The American Dream T...
by Brad Van Orden, Sheena Van Orden
From $15.95
510HMviq9PL. SL160
First Overland: London-singapore By Land Rover
by Tim Slessor
From $13.4
510e3ESrN6L. SL160
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route & Planning Guid...
by Chris Scott
From $29.95

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

An ARB Tire Repair Kit means I won't be stranded. From $click on Amazon
I use a Mr. Funnel Gasoline/Water Seperator when buying from a questionable source. From $31.89 on Amazon