SWAZI CULTURAL VILLAGE ‘Swaziland’
Swazi Cultural Village:
The Swazi are Bantu-speaking people in southeastern Africa, chiefly in Swaziland and South Africa. There are approximately 1.6 million Swazi people living in the areas of Swaziland and in South Africa mostly around the Johannesburg area as well as the towns in Mpumalanga province (Eastern Transvaal).
The Swazi people are said to be a part of the Nguni tribe that migrated from the eastern part of Central Africa in the late 15th century, their society consisting of a group of Nguni chiefdoms.
The story goes that in the latter part of the 18th century, a very dominant chief by the name of Ngwane managed to take control of small Nguni and Sotho people of the area. and in that way bolstered his defensive army against Chief Dingiswayo’s Mthethwa forces that were eventually overcome by their great rival, Ndwandwe, who killed Dingiswayo. After that Ngwane withdrew his people into the mountainous area today known as Swaziland.
The Swazi culture remains well preserved Swazi culture, and a visit to the Matsamo Cultural Village situated near the Kruger National Park, which is named after Chief Matsamo who was the first Swazi Chief to live on a permanent basis in the area. To this day the area remains under the management of the Matsamo tribal authority.
The Swazi people generally have clung to their old traditions especially their tribal dancing which include a traditional rain dance , a reed dance and dance of the first fruit .
The performances of traditional dances accompanied by authentic African musical instruments are a delight to watch and I can assure u, u’d love every minute, tasty Swazi meals would also be served. The Swazi people are friendly and receptive and you can go through the village and intermingle with the people as they go about their daily activities. Or wander through the curio shop which offers a wide range of local crafts. There is also a restaurant with beautiful views of the area.