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December 2020

The New Grill Spot in Mbabane

By Activities, Eswatini

Our hotel has been a part of the lives of many folks over the years, bringing different cultures together over warm hospitality, food, a south wing with glorious sunset views and a spectacular backdrop of the grand Ezulwini valley. Our Friar Tucks restaurant, which is located in a wine cellar designed room of redbrick, hanging lights and a small bar area, has been the restaurant of choice for continental cuisine in the city; hosting functions, dinner parties and lunches that have been both memorable and delicious. In the past few months however, the Friar Tucks hasn’t been operational as a dining venue, instead, we have been working on revamping it and turning it into a new restaurant called The Grill which opens this month. We wanted to create a restaurant that was going to be an experience the minute you set foot in it. From the ambiance to the food itself, right down to bridging the gap between Swazi’s love for meat and not enough places that serve anything other than a traditional shisanyama (barbeque) Our intention with The Grill is to offer a flavourful feasting of a variety of meat and an urban grill house that makes the ideal meeting spot in the city. A few months ago, we ran a competition, asking our followers across our Facebook, Instagram and twitter platforms, to guess the name of a particular cut of steak and then to rename it with a vernacular twist. The cut happened to be a Tomahawk which…

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Five great adventure activities to do in Eswatini/Swaziland

By Activities, Eswatini, Wildlife

Summer is in full swing and you can feel the excitement of the holidays everywhere you go. From the cheerful staff at different hotspots to the smiling receptionists at our own hotel, eager to check you in at your new festive home. In what has been our most challenging year yet, and globally too, we are happy to finally be able to kick off our shoes and recline in the summer sun. If you’re planning a trip to Eswatini (Formerly known as Swaziland) here’s our quick guide to the best adventure activities to make for a memorable stay. Enjoy a safari experience This little kingdom, enclosed by sunny South Africa and vibrant Mozambique is a pristine pocket of wild adventures and the Safari experience is definitely one of them. Eswatini’s nature and game reserves are home to a vast number of wildlife including the sought after Big Five (Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and buffalo) which can only however be seen at the Mkhaya Game reserve and the Hlane National Park. The much smaller and less predator animals can be found in the gorgeous Malolotja, Mbuluzi, Mlawula and Mlilwane reserves. Here, you can also spot stunning bird life, with the country having one of the highest bird populations in Africa. You’ll find it almost second nature to pull out your camera and snap the experience away. Rhino trekking Eswatini is one of the best places to see the fantastic beasts and there’s no better way to enjoy the experience than by…

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Nsangwini Rock Art – 4 000 years of Swazi Heritage

By Eswatini

A scenic drive up into the North West through the MR 1 highway will lead a curious traveller to Ngsangwini Rock Art; a community based tourism initiative built around the oldest heritage site in the kingdom. Located in the Nkomati valley, between Maguga & Piggs peak, the paintings that can be found here date back to at least 4000 years, making it quite possibly one of the earliest cradles of Eswatini’s civilisation. A short drive off the highway through a dirt road then down a mountain side trail across rocky terrain and you’ll arrive at the rock shelter. Here, a local guide will take you through the different ochre and blood painted imagery that can be seen on the walls from spirits with insect heads, animals and humans carrying spears. These ancient paintings are believed to hold symbolic meaning- with the Bushmen having transported into another realm to create them. Nsangwini is the Kingdom’s oldest connection to earlier life on the land. Like most places in Southern Africa, Bushmen were the first settlers, living a nomadic life of hunting and gathering; moving from place to place and leaving traces of having been there on cave walls. If you’re looking for an educational trip with exciting archaeological finds, this one is well worth the north western drive.

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