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Pickup info

A pick-up for this tour is provided within the area between Mbabane and Manzini.  Pick-up's from further a field are possible at an extra charge.

Booking notes

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This full day cultural tour is offered by one of Swaziland's cultural tourism pioneers, Myxo Mdluli. Head into the mountains of rural Swaziland to Myxo's own homestead, where you can see and experience traditional Swazi community life. This authentic experience is way off-the-beaten tourism track.

 

 

  • Group size: from 2 to 6 people
  • Pickup location: 

    A pick-up for this tour is provided within the area between Mbabane and Manzini.  Pick-up's from further a field are possible at an extra charge.

  • Drop-off location: 

    A drop off for this tour is provided within the area between Mbabane and Manzini.  Drop off's from further a field are possible at an extra charge.

  • Pickup time: (8.00 AM)
  • Drop-off time: (5.00 PM)

Itinerary

Kicking off in the busy city of Manzini, this cultural tour includes a quick visit to Manzini market. The opportunity is taken here it first learn a few introductory words of siSwati as well as to grab a typical Swazi breakfast of incwancwa (sour porridge).

Departing with some fresh vegetable and other supplies which will form part of the Swazi traditional lunch later on in the day, the tour then departs from the hustle and bustle of town for the peaceful and scenic rural area of Kaphunga.

Kaphunga is well off-the-beaten track, at the end of a windy one hour journey into the mountains. Opportunities are taken for regular stops at scenic points.

On arrival your experience of rural Swazi family life and culture will commence. You will have the chance to understand Swazi customs and traditional beliefs, and how they continue to play a powerful role in modern times.  Your host, Myxo Mdluli, is well-spoken and able to discuss both the good and the bad. You can look forward to a mind-blowing discussion about the culture, in a setting that is typically Swazi.

To stretch your legs you'll have the opportunity to visit the local neighbouring families, to polish your siSwati language skills and to see the realistic day-to-day lifestyle of these friendly Swazi people. This is not a cultural village set-up for tourists - this is the real thing.

 

By lunch-time you will be ready for the traditional spread that is prepared, which typically includes roasted meat, barbeque or braai style, together with maizemeal porridge and vegetables. Vegetarians are well catered for. 

After lunch an easy stroll to the God's Window of Kaphunga, a lofty site that offers a view over the lush valley's below, is offered. Here your remaining curiosity on any matters pertaining to the history and background of the Swazi Nation will be satisfied.

Finally, its time to head back, with transport and a drop-off back at your place of accommodation.

Cancellation Policy

All refunds attract a minimum fee of 15%.

All refunds inside of 14 days of arrival attract a cancellation fee of 25%

All refunds requests or cancellations inside 7 days of arrival attract a cancellation fee of 50%

No-show bookings or cancellations within 48 hours of arrival attract a 90% cancellation.

Children policy

Children under 5 years of age are free of charge for the Swazi Cultural Experience, provided that the child is accompanied by two adults.

Children 7 -11 yrs are charged 50% of the adult rate provided that they come with full paying adults. 

Children at the age of 12 years and up full price. 

 

Participant Guidelines

Good walking shoes are advised. Rain jacket advised for summer periods. Sun cream and a hat on hot days. warm jacket or wind-breaker on chilly winter days. An open-mind and a willingness to engage foreign culture on a one-to-one basis is essential - remember this is an experience and not a show.

Other Disclosures

Myxo Mdluli is fluent in English, and this is the language in which this tour is undertaken. Having lived on the French-speaking island of Reunion for some time, Myxo also has a basic grasp of French, which he enjoys having the opportunity to improve.