Sleeping with the animals
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We checked out of the crumby hostel this morning and waited for our hire car to arrive. It did eventually - 90 minutes late, but it didn´t matter. We loaded up and headed to Malandela´s, a craft village type thing where we had breakfast, checked emails and had a look around a few of the shops. Next we went in search of the rare ATM´s in Swaziland, which turned out to be not so rare as we soon found one at a shopping plaza. Off Diane went to get some money. Now, in South Africa we were told to be aware of anything suspicious to do with ATM´s. A question - Is a man with a big rifle stood behind you count as something suspicious? A little alarming at first but we soon figured it was because the machine was being filled.
From here we went in search of the National museum and spent a little time looking around. We also went across the road to look at the late king´s memorial and had a look at his statue. The last king was the longest serving monarch of all time, reigning 61 years, and in that time with his many wives, he managed to have about 600 children, making a good contribution to the population.
Mid afternoon we checked into our accomodation for the next few days, a hostel in the middle of a wildlife reserve. It was great - as we drove along the gravel road we passed zebras, impala, Nyala and warthogs. These would be our neighbours for the next few days. We booked into a rondavel overlooking the reserve and in the evening we ate our evening meal around the fire outside.