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In The Area: Cultural Experience

Umphakatsi Chief’s Homestead Visit: is a hands-on experience of our neighbouring local lady chief, Inkhosikati, in her homestead – a very real glimpse of Swaziland’s culture that will leave you with a newfound respect and basic understanding of the Swazi way of life. Your guide, who will hand the ladies in your party traditional Swazi cloths (Emahiya) to wrap around their waists, greets you at Mlilwane’s main gate. The homestead is a short drive from the main gate and a short walk from Mlilwane’s boundary fence.

Before entering the Inkhosikati’s homestead (Liguma), you are requested to remove your shoes. On entry, the Inkhosikati and the village children, often wearing traditional clothing, will warmly welcome you. The standard Swazi greeting to the Inkhosikati is “Yebo Nkosi”.

The Inkhosikati has a vibrant, energetic and infectious mannerism and not only talks you through how the huts and traditional items are made but also teaches you the Siswati words for them. The Inkhosikati encourages interaction; so ladies try your hand at grinding maize and plaiting mountain grass or gents, join the children in Swazi song and dance. An offering of a taste of local food and sometimes brew is made but forget about your cutlery and try it the Swazi way… with your hands! This experience is both informative and memorable – a taste of true Swazi hospitality – and should not be missed!

R25p/p, min 4 pax.

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