Happily ever after

Say “I do” in Swaziland


Getting married? Want to do it in true African style, with the bush all around you and the roar of lions in the distance? Swaziland is the place for you.

down the aisle at one of the many magnificent wedding venues in this small, but breathtakingly beautiful African kingdom.

A mere four and a half hours drive from Johannesburg, plus a stamp in your passport, Swaziland is the perfect destination to “get hitched” and enjoy a truly relaxing honeymoon. Romance is everywhere, and the silence and untouched beauty of the African bush are all around you.

Summer is special, for so many reasons. But if you prefer a winter wedding, how can you resist a honeymoon snuggled alongside the fireplace, while roasting marshmallows with your true love?

When it comes to accommodation, there are an abundance of game lodges and guesthouses to choose from, plus an array of exciting things to do and see.

Go horseback riding and explore the countryside on one of these magnificent animals, or go quad biking and experience some exhilarating fun! What better way to explore Swaziland’s many and varied highlands, forests, and reserves than on foot or enjoy a 4x4 game drive. Another way to explore Swaziland’s landscapes is by mountain bike on one of the many dedicated trails.

Also on an almost endless list of things to do are climbing, abseiling, canopy tours, white water rafting and caving. You want an adrenalin rush? This is the place for you.

Swaziland’s accommodation options will leave you spoilt for choice from game lodges to guesthouses, resorts and log cabins. Each one will invite you in and make you feel as though you are home whilst on your honeymoon. There is nothing more romantic than enjoying a sundowner with the sounds of the bush just outside or falling asleep under the stars.

According to the Home Affairs of the Kingdom of Swaziland, all persons getting married in Swaziland are subject to the legislation of the Marriage Act, 1964, which does not differentiate between Swazi citizens and visitors with regard to the solemnization of a marriage in the kingdom of Swaziland. Intending bridal couples should in all cases consult the marriage officer in Swaziland who is to perform the ceremony to ensure compliance with the prescribed formalities.

A living tradition

Swaziland may be a tiny country, but it has a really big heart. You will be welcomed by warm, friendly people, in a country that is one of the few remaining Executive Monarchies in Africa and embraces and upholds its own unique and ancient traditions.

The people of Swaziland actively maintain and preserve a remarkable cultural heritage that is probably unmatched anywhere in Africa. If you really want an up-close experience of African culture and tradition, you can’t beat Swaziland. Here, visitors can get a better idea of traditional African culture than pretty much anywhere else in the region.

The famous Umhlanga (Reed Dance) and Incwala are traditional ceremonies that involve tens of thousand of Swazis, and attract visitors from all over the world. But traditional attire, ceremonies and dancing are to be found throughout the country at all times of the year.

The Swazis are a proud and extremely friendly people. They welcome visitors with a beaming smile and take pleasure in showing off their beautiful country. As well as a number of community and tourism-driven initiatives, visitors are able to experience daily life in Swaziland by calling in at a local homestead, where they will be made very welcome. Alternatively, Mantenga Cultural Village is an excellent working reconstruction of a traditional homestead from around the 1850s, which gives an experience of all the complexities and nuances of traditional Swazi life, as well as a quite tremendous dancing display by a group that tours the world.No visit to Swaziland can possibly be without music and dance. Women sing together in the fields; men sing or utter praise poetry as they pay tribute to their chiefs or kings. Indeed, there are traditional songs for every occasion: weddings, royal rituals, coming-of-age ceremonies and national festivals. The Sibhaca dance is the best known of various dance forms. The dance is highly strenuous: teams of dancers step forward in turn to perform a barefoot high-kicking and stomping, while their companions behind beat drums, chant and sing. All wear traditional dress, with colourful tassels and embellishments. A typical session can last two or three hours, with different songs and styles performed.

Going to the chapel? Want romance, African style? Eager for memorable sights and sounds, awesome cuisine and a beauty that is unmatched? Swaziland will not disappoint in the least.

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