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Africa » Swaziland » Manzini March 16th 2014

Manzini, Swaziland (March 16, 2014) We are settled in the George Hotel in Manzini , and it is Sunday - our last "pre-work" day. Full team planning meetings begin tonight and then we start going out to join the HIV/AIDS task force to do homestead visits. We will break up into teams to bring HIV/AIDS patients food (nutrition is a big problem), conduct medical examinations for any medical issues they may be having and to simply spend time visiting with them. Teams of medical, pastoral and support personnel go out in "kombi" vans with buckets of food and a medical kit to patients that are part of the HIV/AIDS Task Force network. The visits are made to patients' homes and may be in towns or in remote homesteads. The group that is here is organized by ... read more
Colorful spin tops
Early Morning Poolside

Africa » Swaziland » Manzini March 15th 2014

Manzini, Swaziland (March 15, 2014) We made it to Manzini from Johannesburg...traveling on the Megabus Tours large comfy bus rather than the Kombi's we usually use. It gave us quite a bit more leg room, room for the luggage and seats reclined nicely so those of us just a little shy of REM sleep could catch up. The border crossing between RSA and Swaziland was interesting - quite backed up from what we experienced in prior trips. We checked through en masse with 20 passports all in one pack. We stopped for lunch right inside the border at Ngwenya Glass company where the blow all kinds of glass objects made from old Coke bottles' glass. From there it was a short 50 km to Manzini and we've now checked into the George Hotel - familiar to ... read more
Border Crossing on RSA side
Immigration in the Kingdom
Market on Swazi side of border

Africa » Swaziland » Manzini March 15th 2014

Manzini (March 15, 2014) We spent the evening at a Celebration Dinner with a large group of Swazi leaders - partners with the Nazarene Mission here in Swaziland. This interesting group of church, education and medical leaders gave us an interesting glimpse into all that is going on in Swaziland. Of interest, we happened to arrive in Manzini on the day that the Prime Minister was getting married in the Stadium in Manzini - several of our hosts had been at the wedding earlier in the day. We were served a great traditional Swazi meal and entertained by a cappella songs performed by some very talented singers. If I can figure out how to upload to YouTube I'll send a glimpse of their performance.... read more

Africa » Swaziland February 14th 2014

Arriving at Hlane Reserve we were met by some very pleasant people on the gate who welcomed us back when we said we had stayed here before.Our check in at reception was quite straightforward if somewhat leisurely, no one really rushes but it is difficult for us to get used to that pace of life. We were also pleased to see the campsite is still in very good condition with plenty of trees for shade, braais for cooking and picnic tables as well as stone built wash up and preparation areas with water dotted around the site. The showers are basic but clean and still have the oil lamps for lighting and a lovely old boiler out the back for hot water, feed it logs and you have a hot shower! The waterhole was the same, ... read more
Camp site
Boiler
Wood pile

Africa » Swaziland February 13th 2014

After leaving St Lucia we were expecting to play the usual game on this stretch of the road called spot the pothole. The trick is not to go so fast that you don't have time to slow down when you see the next hole otherwise you are in danger of damaging your tyres. However, it seems this stretch of the road has been fixed so it was a smooth ride. Approaching the South African customs border post and we were wondering what delights this would bring. However we were rather surprised to see there was a new administration block complete with air conditioning. I put the much more pleasant attitude of the staff there down to the fact that they were now working in a much nicer environment and not in a constant temperature of over ... read more

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Africa » Swaziland January 20th 2014

We left Kruger park in the morning. It was sad but it is wen we leave anywhere.we drove to a elephant sanctuary. Wen we got there they gave out coffee to the people who wanted some. Then they took us to the spot were the elephants sleep. Then they taught us a little on the life sickle of elephants and that they have no record of an elephant dying of old age. They have 6 pares of teeth in there life time they eventually lose them all and dies. The longest recorded life of an elephant is 71. They then took us to the elephants. There were two boys there. We got to fell its tongue and it's feet they were really tough. Then the elephant gave you a kiss if you didn't move it was ... read more
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Africa » Swaziland December 6th 2013

We had asked Albert a guide we had met on our travels to arrange a ‘road trip with a difference’ for us, incorporating everything we had loved from our other three safaris around Southern Africa, mainly concentrating on scenery, wildlife, walking and raw nature - plus we also still needed to find the allusive cheetah!!!! The trip would take us through Swaziland and Lesotho and finally along the Garden Route and into Cape Town arriving in early December. We would be travelling with Albert initially but Ruth, his wife would catch up with us somewhere around the Karoo and join us for the rest of the trip. We were really looking forward to this journey as they both had a real passion for wildlife and a great respect for nature which was the main reason they ... read more
Paul & Albert
Road to God's Window
This is Africa

Africa » Swaziland » Ezulwini Valley August 26th 2013

Inmiddels in Swaziland. Heel wat diertjes in de Zuid-Afrikaanse parken gezien • Maandag 26/08/13: Dag 4 : Hazyview - Kapama Game Reserve De weg van Hazyview naar Kapama Game Reserve, had een probleemloze hondertal kilometers moeten zijn. Dit was echter gerekend zonder het feit dat het 'Chrismas Fund of the Police Department' (zoals Claire, een van onze gastvrouwen, het later zou omschrijven) diende gesponsord! Net buiten Acornhoek, worden we door de politie ge ï ntepelleerd voor een vermeende verkeersovertreding, namelijk het negeren van een Stop-teken (ik bespaar jullie de ingewikkelde technische argumenten). Tarief : 1.500 Rand (± 120 Euro!). Na wat onderhandelen kregen we een 'discount' en werd de 'boete' (…) herleid naar 900 Rand (± 72 Euro). Hoeft het vermeld ? We kregen uiteraard geen kwijting... ... read more
Big 2
Big 3
Big 4

Africa » Swaziland » Mbabane May 5th 2013

As an important note: At the end of July, I will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Late July in an effort to raise funds for Open Arms Home for Children. Please look at my fundraising website at: http://www.crowdrise.com/KilimanjaroSummitforOpenArms I hope to raise $1 for every foot I climb: 19,341 feet = $19,341. Please consider sponsoring a part of my climb up the mountain!! As I write this I am currently 10% of the way there! Lets get to 100% Our days at Open Arms are more filled now than ever with preparing the kids for school at 6:30am and teaching from 8:30-2 pm. In the late afternoon while there is no set schedule; there is always something else to do whether it is to pick up milk at the dairy farm, help kids with homework, paint, ... read more
Swazi Men
Swazi Youth
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Africa » Swaziland March 24th 2013

Siteki, Swaziland (March 24th) Trying to catch up on emails while waiting in the airport in Joburg. One of the real jems in Swaziland is the homestead main house on Mabuda Farms. This has been in Mrs. Pons' family since the 1800's when they managed sugar plantations in Swaziland. The Pons family has taken over the farm and restored the house to its original purpose and it really stands out as seen in these photos. It is a rock house with thatched roof - lots of windows of breathtaking views of the farm.... read more
Main Fireplace
Living Room
Dining Room




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