Travel to Swaziland - amazing African country
• Travel to Swaziland - amazing African country
Swaziland - a wonderful country. I never thought that this is Africa. There are other people different nature, a different architecture. It is located between South Africa and Mozambique. In size it is slightly more than the Kaliningrad region.
Swaziland is famous for the fact that every fourth resident of this small country is infected with immunodeficiency virus HIV (26, 1% of the 2007 UN assessment year), which is the highest level among the countries of the world.
And there is a wonderful tradition. Each year, the king chooses a new wife. It passes it on cane Dance (Umhlanga) - annual mass celebration, which culminates in a dance of several thousand half-naked Swazi maidens. The King Mswati III, the last absolute monarch in Africa, has 13 wives.
Visa put in 3 minutes at the border. Everything goes quickly and without delay. In Swaziland, excellent roads. Ride on this small mountainous country, it is a pleasure.
The reeds monkeys running around.
The king is quite young, it is represented on all the banknotes of the kingdom. By the way, he has 67 brothers. That such a large and close-knit family. In April 2011, the country held mass opposition rallies demanding the resignation Mswati III. The opposition accuses the monarch in the looting of the public treasury for the sake of ensuring a life of luxury himself and his 13 wives. April 12 the police using special means to disperse a rally in the capital of Swaziland, arrested 13 organizers of the rally.
In Swaziland autumn ....
Most svazilendtsev - syncretist: 40% (based on a combination of beliefs of Christianity with indigenous cults), 20% - Catholics. At the church go in uniform.
With public transport is bad. Some daily walk 10-20 kilometers to work.
kids, as elsewhere, are very friendly and curious.
Look how charming they trolley.
But the adults do not like to be photographed. This cute street barber decided to throw a bottle at the photographer. What kind of morals?
The capital Mbabane.
The city is clean, small and totally clueless.
The roads are good.
In the evening all the fried corn.
A view of the capital.
Some huge granite rock. They say it is the second largest solid piece of granite in the world. The first is located in Australia.
Granite there is indeed a lot. You can make a huge statue of the King.
in the mountains is very beautiful.
Mswati III on the list of 15 richest monarchs in the world by Forbes magazine. His fortune is estimated at more than $ 100 million. Each of his 13 wives live in separate palace.
Meanwhile, Swaziland - one of the poorest countries in the world, 60% of the population lives on less than $ 2 a day.
Aluminum Cookware. I think somewhere here now my laptop.
Let's see how the locals live.
In the evening of the first day in Swaziland I found a watermelon field, gathered fruits and brought them under their baobab tree and fell asleep ... I woke up from a strange noise. Some people shouted, beat drums and laughing loudly. I opened my eyes, and I ran out of the bushes women! It turned out, in a village wedding.
The rite is not very clear, but interesting. Bride smear, walk their dress up. All is vanity, dancing and so on. D.
Where a run ...
In Swaziland, you can have any number of wives, but on average, a man's wife 3-4. It used to be more. Let me remind you that the king takes a new wife every year, now has 13 wives. Women in Swaziland is small, so many are killed on South African mines, so polygamy - it is a necessity. To take a wife, you need to pay her parents 17 cows. If a wife has children, it is less possible.
Little Red Riding Hood.
The child behind a fence.
Many Swazis go in their national costumes. Note the loincloth, the pants are not worn, and are covered with a skin of the deer.
The boy produces water by digging the sand.
Dancing on the occasion of the wedding. Very funny fill up a leg up.
Swaziland Residents are building for all family members of different houses. In one - a husband. In another - wife. In the third - the second wife. Old people must be respected and settle separately. And definitely in a round house. As it is impossible to go round the house - it is an insult.
In Swaziland there are several mines.
Pineapple Plantation. The first time I saw a field of pineapples! By the way, there is nothing more delicious ripe pineapple hot that you just cut for you.
Surprisingly good modern art for such a hole.
Pharmacy. On average svazilendtsy live 40 years.
By the way, with a kind and can not be said that people do not live here. All the houses are beautiful and neat.
In the evening all the fried corn.
And that's really scary. White socks and flip-flops ... This encounter left a lasting impression ...
This is the right guy. You only need to wear rubber slippers fashionable Crocs!
In general, the dress is almost as in Russia.
In the evening went to the park. Here illegally playing cards. Filming is strictly not allowed.
Immediately ran herbalists. Bag costs 5 euros.
In the evening went to a local pub. People are very nice. Beer like a bad beer.
Children playing cards ...
Another local bar.
Tigers do not cry.
That's all for Swaziland.