Swazi dancing

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We headed into the capital, Mbabane, this morning to return our hire car.  It was a bustling place with a really good atmosphere.  We were looked after by the women in the branch office, all looking extremely glamourous in smart suits and not a hair out of place.  We felt very scruffy in comparison.  We were given a lift back to the hostel, where we relaxed for the rest of the afternoon, reading and walking around the reserve. 

This evening, we were all given a lift down to the main camp where we were treated to some traditional Swazi dancing and singing.  It was very enjoyable, spoiled only slightly by a drunk Italian guy shouting during part of the performance.  When we later walked across to the outer wall to see the hippos munching on some grass, we sincerely wished they would eat him as well.
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Tomorrow, we are moving on to Mozambique.  We have really enjoyed our few days here in Swaziland, which has felt like a breath of fresh air after the strained atmosphere in SA.  We have felt very safe, used public transport, and the Swazi people are very welcoming and friendly.  Swaziland is a very poor country with approx. 33% of the adult population living with HIV/AIDS - in 1999 the king declared that AIDS was a national disaster.  We saw lots of evidence (despite it still being taboo in many communities) of efforts towards raising awareness through advertising on big billboards, and lots of informal grafitti about the need to fight the disease.  Despite all this, we were very impressed with the Swazi people as a whole - they seemed to take a pride in both themselves and their country.
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