Spend more than a day or two in Swaziland, I soon discovered, and you’ll find that all those Africa-in-a-nutshell clichés ring irresistibly true.

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You may be able to drive across it in less than three hours but the tiny kingdom of Swaziland packs plenty into its borders. From the misty mountains of the highveld to the wild big-game country of the lowveld, this panoramic land is made for adventure-lovers. And with spectacular ceremonies such as the Umhlanga, and a heritage that spans traditional healers and Stone-Age rock art, culture-seekers will be captivated.

Mike Unwin

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