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This is not new to see new countries popping up around the world like South Sudan, Kosovo, and North Macedonia! But we’re not used to existing countries to change their name, are we?
Eswatini’s king made a statement when he first announced the new name, “Whenever we go abroad, people refer to us as Switzerland.” and people were like, “Why not focusing on improving the economy instead?” and the King ignored them! At the end of the day, he’s the one who travels abroad frequently, not his people! That’s why they don’t know the importance of this matter!!
Anyways, that’s not the case. this country is cool whether we call it Eswatini or Swaziland!
Let’s scratch the surface, shall we?
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Recent History of Eswatini
Eswatini became a British colony for a few years and became independent in 1968.
The country is governed by two members of the royal family and a parliament.
The king can have as many wives as he wants! the previous one had more than 100 while the new one has 15 wives so far!
People in Eswatini
People are the coolest part of Eswatini. They are of African tribes and still live the traditional way like their ancestors. They speak Swazi at home and English at school that makes them officially bilingual. The third language is Portuguese.
What to do in Eswatini
Get to know the Eswatini culture
Eswatini is one of the last countries on earth that people are still keeping up with their ancestors’ way of living, especially in the villages! They wear handmade clothes and build their houses out of raw materials they have which keeps them warm when it’s cold outside and cool when it’s hot outside! They have a special song for every single daily task like eating, sleeping, and working!
Although no one had ever trained them, They got great voices!
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in Eswatini
This area is Eswatini’s oldest protected area where you find animals, hike, enjoy the scenery, and see the cool villagers we just talked about, above!
There’s accommodation for international visitors, as well as tours by foot, car, and even horse!
Swaziland National Museum in Eswatini
This Museum is well organized (for a developing country). You’ll find an abstract of Eswatini’s culture. They have various programs, like a radio show which airs once a month, a photography room, special tours for students and they even celebrate the International Museum day by a different theme every year!
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22 thoughts on “The Ultimate travel guide to Eswatini (Swaziland)”
I didn’t, until now, know Swaziland has a new name. Thanks for the education. And when did the change of name happen?
They did it in 2014 but didn’t announce it internationally until 2018!
Thank you for your comment!
Such beautiful pictures. I didn’t know about the name change or that Portuguese was their third language. Thanks for the very interesting information.
Glad to know you found it helpful!
Very interesting indeed.
Right! It is an interesting country indeed!
Thank you for your comment! 😊
You are most welcome. Yes it certainly sounds it and you brought this out very successfully.
I never heard that Swaziland changed its name until sometime last year where I was Wikipedia-surfing and I saw a link to someplace called Eswatini and I clicked because I didn’t know where that was.
And you mentioned North Macedonia… I believe they changed their name recently too. They were one of the countries formed from the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 90s and were usually just called Macedonia, but the region of Greece directly to the south of them also calls itself Macedonia, so they were officially called the “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.” I remember watching an Olympics opening ceremony once and the announcers were explaining why Macedonia was entering the stadium alphabetically with the F countries. The new name of North Macedonia was to make their name less awkward while still recognizing that they are not the only Macedonia.
Wow, I loved your comment.
Thank you very much for the information! 😊
So good to know about different cultures :🌼🌱
Glad to know you liked the post.
Thank you very much for your comment dear Rishabh!
Do notify me, if you got India’s post too somewhere on your blog
For sure. maybe at that time, I ask you a few questions if it’s OK!
so sure…would real love it, but I know you wouldn’t need it, as experienced as you are, you won’t need it… you really have your ways too… and yes it will be my pleasure to answer. 🌱🌷
Thank you very much 😊
Very informative 💕
Thank you for your comment dear Ayesha!
Is Eswatini a Swazi word? Do you know what it means?
Hello dear Julia.
It means “land of the Swazis” in their language.
Thank you for your comment!
Oh, okay. So “Swaziland” in Swazi, pretty much.