We will pick you up at 6:00 and head towards Swaziland through
Matola, Boane, and Finally Goba border.
From the Goba border we get into Swaziland and through Siteki we head down
towards Manzini Town.
Swaziland currently known as Eswatini is a small country but very rich in terms of
cultural immersion. We shall go through Siteki as head to Manzini town which i sone of
the cultural towns of Eswatini.
Manzini was formerly known as Bremersdrop until 1960. Manzini it´s the largest commercial town
but the capital is Mbabane, close to South African border, focused on business but not as commercial as Manzini.
Around 10;00 am we expect to arrive to the most famous handicraft market in Eswatini, where you will have time to explore how hands and imagination of these friendly people work.
Then, we will continue our day to Mantenga Cultural Village, where a couple of surprises are waiting for you. One is related to culture and traditions, and the other one related to water. 🙂
You will probably feel starving after the visit, so let’s have a break at Happy Valley, and specifically at House on Fire, a charming place, with good vibes, stunning architecture (it reminds Gaudi from Spain) and, of course, good food. Shall we have lunch here?
We are sure you will ask to stay longer there, lay on the grass, relax the mind, but laziness is not part of the experience, so after exploring well this magic house, we will go for our last stop at Swazi Candles, an icon of this country where workers are amazing creating rhinos, elephants and any shape you demand. It’s easy to fall in love with all their creations.
From there, we will start our trip back to Mozambique enjoying the last views of the country, its inhabitants, its “everywhere-cows”, the sugarcane crops…
It’s expected to arrive back to Maputo around 7 p.m. after a long intense day.
Belmiro is a Mozambican guide, artist and DJ. He started off as a guide in Swaziland then moved to South Africa for the last 10yrs. Having traveled to every single corner of Swaziland.
He then decided to move back and guide from home. Belmiro is your go-to guy for anything off the beaten tracks.
We booked for a customized 2-day trip to Eswatini with Mussiro tours in February 2020. Jose was a thoughtful and insightful guide all along. He planned everything from transport, to park fees, to custom entry (you still have to obtain our own visa before of course – if you need one). He adapted to our needs and was very flexible, even when we requested to slide in an extra Jeep tour to see lions (and we did!). He also had planned for food (picnic) and coffee (which made up nicely for the early wake up !). We visited 2 of the main parks in Eswatini (Hlane and Mlilwane) which are very different from each other. We went to a waterfall, a cultural village, a candle factory. We overnight in a very nice cozy lodge with excellent traditional food.
Aside from the smoothly organized travel, the real plus of Mussiro was our guide, Jose, who managed to be present every time we needed to be. He was considerate of our wishes and last minute changes. He communicated any changes or adaptation of the time ahead of time. He was accompanying without being directive. he was knowledgeable about the country, without being “know-it-all”. he was super friendly but also left us some couple-time at the lodge… It is hard to strike the right balance on all of those, but Jose did it ! We would gladly go back with him to any of the Mussiro destinations, really !
We warmly recommend Mussiro tour and their friendly staff…
Michael and Antine – From Haiti and France (based in Maputo)