The Animal Roaming Park and Potholes of Swaziland, Africa
After pitching our tent, I took a breather by the watering hole at Hlane Royal National Park in Swaziland, while admiring the array of bird life and animals including elephants, hippos and kudus. (Oct. 2, 2018)
Goodbye South Africa, at least for just a little while. Hello Swaziland and the Hlane Royal National Park! A developing country with a population of about 1.3 million as of 2016, Swaziland is ruled jointly by King Mswati III and his mother, Queen Mother Ntfombi Tfwala. The King along with his expansive family, including 15 wives and 23 children, own quite a bit of this developing Third World country where 63% of the people live on less than $1.25 per day while the King lives lavishly on an annual budget in the millions.
Crossing the border from South Africa into Swaziland, was rather quick and easy. No visa is required to enter the country. And, the road connecting South Africa to Swaziland is descent especially if you’re heading to the Hlane Royal National Park and I’m told, although we did not visit the area where the king lives in Lobamba that the roads there are good too, but the roads into the villages are infested with potholes.
The park where we camped, Hlane Royal National Park, was incredible. Although electricity was not available at the camp site or in the facilities, the park had running water and welcoming shower and toilet facilities. The park and camp grounds are smaller in comparison to Kruger National Park in South Africa but intimate, peaceful and full of roaming wildlife…the herbivores by the camp but the hippos hung out at the watering hole.
Getting to Swaziland from Kruger National Park in South Africa on Tuesday was a bit exhausting even the breeze from riding in the bus was stifling hot. I’ve really had to double my in-take of water, especially since I recently had both legs to cramp one right after the other. Plus, I’m taking anti-malaria pills and I’m told that these can add to the dehydration factor.
Here’s Swaziland. Next up is Mozambique and the St. Lucia Estuary in South Africa.